Legal Advocacy

Use these resources to understand and use the legal system to pursue justice and change.
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How to Write a Letter to the Editor

Writing letters to the editor is a great way to energize branch members, promote AAUW visibility in the community, and spread the word about important issues. Letters to the editor can be used to spur news editors to cover an issue that is being overlooked or urge readers to support a cause. Read more »

LAF Express — February 2013

The February 2013 e-newsletter LAF Express includes updates on the lawsuit of LAF-supported plaintiff Virginia LeBlanc and information about House Armed Services Committee hearing on military sexual assault. Read more »

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Past LAF-Supported Cases

In 1981, AAUW members in Ithaca, New York, helped support five Cornell University women faculty members’ sex discrimination lawsuits. Their effort made such a big difference that AAUW decided to […] Read more »

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Overview of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

What does Title VII say? What remedies do I have under Title VII? What will the EEOC do after I have filed a charge of discrimination? What relief is available […] Read more »

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LAF Express — February 2012

This LAF Express includes articles about how there was a minor victory in the LAF-supported Title IX lawsuit Parker v. Franklin County Community School Corporation and how plaintiffs from the LAF-supported lawsuit Cioca v. Rumsfeld is featured in the documentary The Invisible War. Read more »

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LAF Express — January 2013

This LAF Express includes articles about how The Invisible War, a film about military sexual assault that features several LAF-supported plaintiffs, received an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary. Read more »

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LAF Express — July 2012

This LAF Express includes articles about how the LAF-supported Title IX lawsuit Bull v. Board of Trustees of Ball State University reached a successful conclusion and AAUW member Cindy Wolff successfully held her school district accountable for fixing sex discrimination. Read more »

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LAF Campus Outreach Funding Request Form

AAUW members can apply for up to $750 in funding to host or co-host a campus event to educate students about topics like the gender pay gap, sexual harassment and assault, pregnancy discrimination, and Title IX violations. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Read more »

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Case Support Travel Grant Application

Through the Case Support Travel Grant, AAUW groups can apply to have a plaintiff or lawyer from a currently-supported or recently-supported lawsuit speak at their state convention or regional meeting. Applications are due by Oct. 15 each year. Read more »

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Overview of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

Title IX has been used to promote equity in education by ensuring that girls and women receive equal resources and treatment in the classroom and forging the way for the establishment of women’s athletic programs. Read more »

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