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Family Law Litigation

  • Amicus Brief In re Adoption of L.J.B. (September 2, 2010)
    Women’s Law Project filed an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court In re Adoption of L.J.B. on behalf of nine public interest legal and domestic violence advocacy organizations dedicated to ensuring that judicial determinations affecting the relationship between mothers and their children properly consider the safety of family members. (See more.)
  • Hunter v. Hunter, 771 N.W.2d 694 (Mich. 2009). Accepting the Women's Law Project's argument in its amicus curiae brief that a rehabilitated mother’s past actions should not be dispositive of her current fitness to parent, the Michigan Supreme Court increased legal protections for parents in child custody disputes against third parties in Hunter v. Hunter.
  • Egolf v. Seneca, No. 2004-03160-28-5 (Bucks Cty. C.P. Oct. 19, 2004). In a victory for gay and lesbian couples in Pennsylvania, the Court of Common Pleas agreed with the Women’s Law Project’s argument that Pennsylvania legislators had no basis for suing a same-sex couple for marrying in Pennsylvania in Egolf v. Seneca.
  • Briley-Smith v. Smith, No. 1885 EDA 2004 (Pa. Super.2006). Accepting the Women’s Law Project’s argument on behalf of a battered woman who had received a protection order from the trial court, the Pennsylvania Superior Court rejected the batterer’s appeal in Smith v. Smith.
  • P.R. v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 801 A.2d 478 (Pa. 2002). The Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed with the amicus brief co-authored by the WLP and Professor Louis Rulli from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, that women who accidentally injure their children are not permanently prohibited from various forms of employment in P.R. v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.