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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 727; Vt-240; DVD-73

Records of Legal Momentum, 1978-2011


Correspondence; conference material; grant proposals; legal files; legislative material; minutes; project and planning files; publications; resource material; audiovisual materials, etc., reflecting Legal Momentum's work to advance the rights of women and girls through litigation and public policy advocacy.


  • 1978-2011

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. The majority of the collection is open for research; restricted folders are noted. (Some folders throughout are closed due to financial, personal, or sensitive material.) Researchers must obtain written permission of Legal Momentum to view the following: long range plans, planning material, and strategic plans (in Series I), for 20 years from date of creation; board minutes (in Series II), for 20 years from date of creation; grant proposals and meeting material (in Series III), for 20 years from date of creation; DVD project applications, contracts, correspondence, financial records, and grant proposals (in Series IV), for 20 years from date of creation; #103.7 (in Series V), for 20 years from date of creation; and legal case files (in Series V), for 75 years from date of creation. #19.6 is closed until January 1, 2028. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the records created by Legal Momentum is held by Legal Momentum, and, following the organization's dissolution, by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other records in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Records may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


46.5 linear feet ((111 + 1/2 file boxes) plus 1 folio folder, 22 video cassettes, 16 DVDs, electronic records)
.34 Megabytes (2 files)
The records of Legal Momentum reflect Legal Momentum's legal, legislative, and public advocacy work in the areas of abortion and reproductive rights; affirmative action and pay equity; child care reform; domestic violence; gender-based hate crimes; insurance discrimination; sexual assault and harassment; the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA); Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) and welfare reform; etc.; and includes records from Legal Momentum and NOW Legal Defense & Education Fund. The processor rearranged or combined related folder contents, maintained most original folder titles, and provided the overall arrangement; folder titles in brackets were created by the processor.

Series I, ADMINISTRATIVE, 1993-2011 (#1.1-4.7, FD.1, E.1-E.6), contains published annual reports; by-laws for 2004; executive summaries; a 2005 president's report; information packets for interns and volunteers (including office procedures, related memos, staff contact lists, publicity information, etc.); long range and strategic plans; grant proposals; and staff material (including biographies, business cards, contact lists, legislative and lobbying resource material, related correspondence and memos, etc.). Long range and strategic plans contain budgets, proposals, and reports outlining organizational and operational plans for Legal Momentum's programs, projects, legal agendas, and public policies; topics focus on child care, immigrant women, reproductive rights, violence, and welfare. Grant proposals focus on such issues as domestic violence, links between violence and poverty, welfare reform, economic security, etc., and contain budgets and project proposals for obtaining funding to organize coalitions, education programs, media campaigns, conferences, etc. Also included in the series is material from annual award/fundraising events, which contains material from the "Aiming High: A Celebration of the Power of Women" (honoring women of achievement in American business), "Bringing Up Daughters Differently" (BUDDY) (honoring women of leadership through family values), "Equal Opportunity" (honoring men and women in corporate leadership who promote equality for women in the workplace), and "Women of Achievement" (honoring women of achievement in business, law, and public service); corporate sponsorship of these award events aids in funding Legal Momentum's advocacy programs. Award event material includes budgets; contact and mailing lists; correspondence and memos; donor and guest lists; notes; program booklets, flyers, and pamphlets; planning material; reports; resource material; speeches; photographs and digital photographs; clippings; etc. The series is arranged with administrative records arranged alphabetically followed by award event/fundraisers, also arranged alphabetically. The Legal Momentum web site, which includes photographs and other writing, is being captured periodically as part of Harvard University Library's Web Archive Collection (WAX).

Series II, BOARD OF DIRECTORS, 1978-2010 (#4.8-15.2), contains the meeting minutes of the board of directors and "membership" (comprised of the NOW LDEF/ Legal Momentum board as well as NOW board members). Also included in the series are the meeting minutes of a 1997 strategic planning retreat (#11.3) and a 2005 special board meeting (#12.4). The board minutes were initially noted as "board report binders" and "board meeting updates" and are a compilation of annual minutes, project and committee reports, budgets, etc. Material in this series is restricted for 20 years from date of creation. The series is arranged chronologically.

Series III, FAMILY INITIATIVE, 1997-2008 (#15.3-21.2, E.7), contains material from the Family Initiative program, a project focused on long-term investment in developing quality child care and early education programs throughout the United States. The records include correspondence, memos, guest lists, notes, planning material, reports, resource material, etc., related to conferences; budgets, correspondence, memos, digital photographs, minutes, notes, proposal plans, reports, strategic plans, etc., from meetings with the advisory commission and program sponsors (including Cornerstones for Kids, Early Learning Council, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, J.P. Morgan Chase, and others); material from campaign drives (including photo shoot permission and release forms; contact lists for fundraisers; grant proposals; etc.); material on the program's organizational structure and web site development; and resource material. The 2004 program curriculum provides an in-depth description of the project's objectives, strategies, and timeline for implementing child care programs. Also included in the series is material from a 2004 Congressional briefing, a 2007 town hall meeting, and press advisories for 2006 media events. The series is arranged alphabetically by activity or record type, and thereunder chronologically.

Series IV, NATIONAL JUDICIAL EDUCATION PROGRAM, 1991-2010 (#21.3-32.1), contains material from the National Judicial Education Program, a project designed to educate judges and justice system professionals about gender bias in the court system. The project was initiated by Legal Momentum, in cooperation with the National Association of Women Judges. From 1980 to 1981, Norma Wikler served as NJEP's director. Since 1981, the program has been directed by Lynn Hecht Schafran. Under her leadership, NJEP has produced and presented model judicial curricula used nationally and internationally by judges, attorneys, and other legal professionals within the justice system. Schafran has also published many highly influential articles, essays, and reports in the judicial and legal press. The series includes budgets; contracts; correspondence and memos; grant proposals and completed applications; database and web site development material; notes; program curriculum, drafts, training manuals, and meeting notebooks; material from a 1996 conference; progress reports to the Office on Violence Against Women, State Justice Institute, and Legal Momentum's board of directors; screen shots; study guides; etc. Correspondence focuses on funding and curriculum development, primarily between the State Justice Institute (a sponsor of the program curriculum) and Lynn Hecht Schafran. The program curriculum comprises a series of training manuals and meeting notebooks (workbooks) focused on increasing judicial awareness and understanding of gender bias, racial bias, sexual violence, and sexual assault issues. Also included is material from a DVD project, which reflects Schafran's work on developing and implementing a DVD version of Understanding Sexual Violence: The Judicial Response to Stranger and Nonstranger Rape and Sexual Assault with the State Justice Institute and three production companies: Creative Bubble, Digital Metropolis, and Zuma Digital. Records from the DVD project include applications and grant proposals; budgets; contracts; correspondence and memos; database and web site development; samples of screen shots; study guides; notes; resource material; etc. A series of training manuals on sexual assault designed for the U.S. Air Force is also included. The series is arranged alphabetically by activity or record type, and thereunder chronologically.

Series V, WASHINGTON, D.C., OFFICE, 1981-2008, n.d. (#32.2-106.3), contains material from Legal Momentum's Washington, D.C., office including budgets; campaign/fundraising material; conference material; contact and membership lists; correspondence and memos; fact sheets; legal case files; legislative material; lobby packets; material from press briefings; meeting minutes; notes; planning material; press releases; program booklets, flyers, and pamphlets; proposals and project plans; reports; research and subject files; resource material; speeches; testimony; clippings; etc. The series is divided into five subseries.

Subseries A, Committees and coalitions, 1991-2006, n.d. (#32.2-44.4), includes budgets; campaign/fundraising material; contact and membership lists; correspondence; lobby packets; material from press briefings; meeting minutes; notes; planning material; proposals and project plans; reports; resource material; clippings; etc.; reflecting the public advocacy work of Legal Momentum's committees and membership coalitions. The subseries contains records from such groups as the Building Opportunities Beyond Welfare Reform Coalition, Child Exclusion Task Force, Coalition on Parents and Families, Council of Presidents Affirmative Action Task Force, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education, National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women, Women's Law Project, Working Group on Domestic Violence and Child Care, and others. Topics