In 2019, CWLC authored or joined 29 amicus briefs. Some of the briefs were filed at the federal level, pushing back against harmful rules and regulations proposed by the current administration. Others related to cases spanning the country which ended up in appellate courts. Most, however, were filed here in California, reflecting the ongoing need to advocate for women and girls in our state.
CWLC seeks to make a long-lasting impact through our litigation efforts. Several of our 2019 amicus briefs requested publication of judgments resulting in the clarification of laws, ultimately benefiting women facing similar circumstances. Many victims of domestic violence represent themselves in court, and often they have limited English language proficiency. Navigating the legal system can be challenging for lawyers and non-lawyers, and establishing precedent with published rulings reduces the burden on survivors to decipher ambiguous legal standards.
CWLC remains committed to meeting the diverse legal needs of women and girls by focusing on the following areas. You can read the full summary of our 2019 amicus briefs here.
Thank you for your support of this work. We are proud to have made an impact in 2019, and look forward to continuing our legal advocacy on behalf of women and girls in 2020.
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