NAPW to Present in New York City

October 01, 2008

The New York Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society and the New York University School of Law, Student Chapter present: Are a Woman's Rights Compromised Upon Becoming Pregnant? A Discussion on the Employment and Consent to Medical Treatment Rights of Pregnant Women

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
New York University Law School
Vanderbilt Hall
40 Washington Square South
Room 210
New York, New York

Speakers on this program are:

Neil A. Capobianco
Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Robert F. Julian
Partner, Brindisi, Murad, Brindisi, Pearlman, Julian & Pertz, LLP and retired Justice, New York State Supreme Court

Lynn M. Paltrow
Founder and Executive Director,
National Advocates for Pregnant Women


Gillian L. Thomas
Senior Staff Attorney, Legal Momentum

Each year, about 4 million American women become pregnant and decide to carry their pregnancies to term. Does the law see a woman differently once she becomes pregnant? While there are countless legal contexts in which a woman's pregnancy might change her legal position, this panel will focus on two that are particularly controversial. First, does her relationship with her employer change? Secondly, is she free choose or decline medical treatment in the same way she was before she became pregnant?

The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) is one of the nation's leading progressive legal organizations. Founded in 2001, ACS is a rapidly growing network of lawyers, law students, scholars, judges, policymakers and other concerned individuals. Our mission is to promote the vitality of the U.S. Constitution and the fundamental values it expresses: individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, access to justice, democracy and the rule of law. For more information about the organization, which has established student chapters at more than 160 law schools around the country and lawyer chapters in 30 cities, please visit