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Training with National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW): Litigating and Defending “Chemical Endan

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Training with National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW): Litigating and Defending “Chemical Endangerment” Cases in Relationship to Pregnancy and Alleged Drug Use

February 27, 2019|

Federal Defenders Office|

11:30 am-1:00 pm

817 South Court Street,

Montgomery, AL 36104

1.5 hour CLE| Free| No Registration Fee


Alabama’s chemical endangerment of a child law was passed in 2006 to deter people from bringing children to places where controlled substances are produced or distributed, such as methamphetamine laboratories. Since 2006, however, more than 700 pregnant women and new mothers around the state of Alabama have been arrested under this law in relationship to pregnancy and alleged substance use, on the theory that a fetus is a “child” and the woman’s body is a “dangerous environment”. These prosecutions are unconstitutional violations of their rights. This training from National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW), a non-profit legal advocacy organization that works to secure the human and civil rights of pregnant women, will offer guidance and resources to defense attorneys for litigating and defending such cases. NAPW attorneys Nancy Rosenbloom and Aarin Williams will use model motions, case examples and more to equip defense attorneys with tools and strategies to defend pregnant women and mothers in Alabama charged with chemical endangerment of a child.

Nancy Rosenbloom,

JD Director of Legal Advocacy, National Advocates for Pregnant Women

Nancy Rosenbloom, JD has been a lawyer fighting for equal justice for more than 25 years. She has represented clients in civil rights, reproductive rights, family law, education law and criminal defense matters, through individual case advocacy, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and training. Ms. Rosenbloom graduated from Brown University and Columbia University School of Law. After a federal court clerkship with the Hon. U.W. Clemon in Alabama, she served as a senior staff attorney and Director of Special Litigation at The Legal Aid Society in New York City, Director of Judicial Strategy at the Center for Reproductive Rights, and Project Director at the City Bar Justice Center, before joining NAPW.

Aarin Michele Williams,

JD Senior Staff Attorney, National Advocates for Pregnant Women

Aarin Michele Williams, JD is an experienced lawyer barred in New York and New Jersey. Before joining NAPW, she most recently worked in the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender. In this position, she was a zealous trial attorney for citizens charged with serious crimes. She was identified as a lead attorney within the organization and was a soughtafter trial strategy trainer for lawyers. Aarin is also an Adjunct Humanities Professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Seton Hall Law School. She is originally from Georgia and is a proud graduate of Howard University and Rutgers School of Law-Newark where she was a member of the Rutgers Law Review. She clerked in the New Jersey Superior Court and interned for leading civil rights organizations. Aarin passionately advocates for disempowered populations and believes that her community is owed and deserving of the benefits and fruits of her education. 

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