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Imani Gandy

Senior Editor, Law and Policy

@AngryBlackLady

Imani is Senior Editor of Law and Policy for Rewire.News, where she covers law and courts and co-hosts Rewire.News’ podcast Boom! Lawyered. Imani also began and continues to write the Angry Black Lady Chronicles.

Imani is a recovering attorney turned award-winning journalist and political blogger. Previously, Imani founded Angry Black Lady Chronicles, winner of the 2010 Black Weblog Award for Blog to Watch and the 2012 Black Weblog Award for Best Political Blog. She received her JD from University of Virginia School of Law in 2001, where she was a Hardy Cross Dillard scholar and an Editorial Board member of the University of Virginia Law Review. She has presented at several conferences and panels, including the 2013 Abortion Care Network as the Keynote Speaker; the 2014 Baffler Conference; the 2016 YBCA 100 Summit; the 2016 PPFA 100th Anniversary at the Brooklyn Historical Society; the 2018 SXSW Panel “If Roe Were to Go”; the 2018 plenary for National Abortion Federation’s annual meeting; and the 2018 Affect Conference as the Keynote Speaker. Boom! Lawyered won Podcast of the Year in 2017 from the Population Institute.

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Boom! Lawyered: Rapid Reaction — A Good Day for Theocracy at SCOTUS

Jessica Mason Pieklo & Imani Gandy

Employers who love to wield religious freedom as a cudgel scored a couple big wins at the Supreme Court today, including a decision allowing employers to meddle with the birth control of their employees based on "conscientious objections." Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy explained what happened and whether there's any logic to this expansion of your employer's power over your health care decisions.

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Boom! Lawyered: What It’s Like to Argue—and Win—at the Supreme Court

Jessica Mason Pieklo & Imani Gandy

Julie Rikelman of the Center for Reproductive Rights did the unthinkable in 2020: as the lead attorney representing June Medical in June Medical Services v. Russo, she convinced Chief Justice John Roberts to sign onto a decision protecting abortion rights! She joins Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy to discuss what it's like to argue before the Supreme Court, to try and get some sleep the night before, and to call your client to deliver news of the win.

DACA recipients and their supporters rally outside the Supreme Court.

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Boom! Lawyered: Rapid Reaction — Supreme Court Protects DREAMers

Jessica Mason Pieklo & Imani Gandy

For the second time in a week, the Supreme Court came down on the side of justice! On Thursday morning, it blocked the Trump administration's efforts to rescind DACA in a 5-4 decision. In this episode of Boom! Lawyered, Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy explain the decision, how Justice Sotomayor added an extra dollop of truth, and whether Trump has any hope of finding a workaround.

Title VII and LGBTQ equality take center stage at the Supreme Court.

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Boom! Lawyered: Rapid Reaction — Supreme Court Protects LGBTQ Employees

Imani Gandy & Jessica Mason Pieklo

A big Supreme Court decision just arrived, and it's comprehensively awesome. In a 6-3 ruling, the Court confirmed that "an employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender defies the law." In this emergency episode of Boom! Lawyered, Imani Gandy and Jessica Mason Pieklo react to the decision — written by Neil Gorsuch, of all people — and the extremely salty dissent.

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Boom! Lawyered: How to Defund the Police

Imani Gandy & Jessica Mason Pieklo

Racism is baked into the U.S. model of policing. More and more people are starting to believe that no amount of "reform" will help; a full tear-down is required. But what does "defunding the police" actually mean? What would happen to people who need to report a crime? And are we sure the police have ever actually been effective at any of the services they're supposed to provide? Imani Gandy and Jessica Mason Pieklo dive into those questions and more on the latest episode of Boom! Lawyered.

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Boom! Lawyered: This School Keeps Fighting to Discriminate Against Trans Kids

Imani Gandy & Jessica Mason Pieklo

Gavin Grimm has been challenging a policy at his former high school that requires transgender students to use separate bathroom facilities. On Tuesday, the case landed in federal appeals court. In this episode of Boom! Lawyered, Imani Gandy and Jessica Mason Pieklo break down the arguments and explain why the school's pleas to keep discriminating are so horribly misguided.

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Boom! Lawyered: Arkansas Created a Pandemic Catch-22 to Block Abortions

Imani Gandy & Jessica Mason Pieklo

On April 27, Arkansas officials issued a directive requiring anyone seeking elective surgery to obtain a negative COVID-19 test 48 hours prior to an abortion. Can you guess which elective procedure those officials were primarily targeting? Yep, that's right: procedural abortion. On this episode of Boom! Lawyered, Imani Gandy and Jessica Mason Pieklo explain everything happening in Arkansas.

[Photo: An illustrated map showing states where state officials are trying to end abortion.]

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Boom! Lawyered: Actual Good News on COVID-19 Abortion Bans

Jessica Mason Pieklo & Imani Gandy

The landscape of abortion access is shifting rapidly and it feels something new is happening every day. Which states are trying to use COVID-19 to try and ban abortion? How are the courts responding? It’s almost impossible to keep up. On this episode of Boom! Lawyered, Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy do their best to bring us up to speed on the latest developments.

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Boom! Lawyered: Coronavirus and the Courts

Imani Gandy & Jessica Mason Pieklo

The coronavirus crisis has forced the U.S. Supreme Court to hit pause. What will happen to cases that have been argued, like June Medical Services v. Russo? What will happen to other important cases yet to be argued? And how concerned should we be for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg? Imani Gandy and Jessica Mason Pieklo […]

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Boom! Lawyered: Anti-Choice Lawmakers Declare the Constitution Null and Void in Indiana

Jessica Mason Pieklo & Imani Gandy

An alarming new bill in Indiana asserts that life begins at conception and federal laws that “fail to protect a person’s inalienable right to life” are null and void in the Hoosier State. In other words, anti-choice lawmakers claim that the Constitution is null and void in Indiana—and their counterparts in other states could soon follow suit. On this episode of Boom! Lawyered, Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy explain the latest fad in anti-choice legislation and whether it could actually hold up in court. 

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Boom! Lawyered: Leonard Leo’s Next Evil Venture

Imani Gandy & Jessica Mason Pieklo

Federalist Society heavyweight Leonard Leo is one of the primary architects of the conservative takeover of the federal courts. Now, he's got a new dark money project that could cement that takeover for a generation or more. On this episode of Boom! Lawyered, Imani Gandy and Jessica Mason Pieklo explain Leo's new plan and just how scary things could get if it works.

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Boom! Lawyered: Emergency Pod—The Supreme Court Rubber-Stamps Kentucky Forced Ultrasound Law

Jessica Mason Pieklo & Imani Gandy

Today, the Supreme Court declined an appeal challenging a Kentucky law that forces doctors to show and describe ultrasound images before performing an abortion—even if patients avert their eyes or ask the doctor to stop. In this emergency episode of Boom! Lawyered, Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy explain what this means for the First Amendment and abortion rights in Kentucky and around the country.

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Boom! Lawyered: Will the Supreme Court Block Abortion Providers from Suing on Behalf of Their Patients?

Imani Gandy & Jessica Mason Pieklo

June Medical Services v. Gee could upend over four decades of abortion rights precedent when the case goes before the U.S. Supreme Court in March. That's because, as part of their decision, the justices will rule on whether abortion providers can sue on behalf of their patients. On this episode of Boom! Lawyered, Imani Gandy and Jessica Mason Pieklo explain why this is a big deal and how the Court is likely to decide.

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Boom! Lawyered: ‘He Performed an Abortion and Then Burned Down My House!’

Jessica Mason Pieklo & Imani Gandy

Have you ever wondered what would happen if someone tried to perform an abortion while committing arson or burglary? Ohio lawmakers have, and they've proposed a massive new ban to deal with that hypothetical—and a whole lot more. On this episode of Boom! Lawyered, Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy break down a 723-page bill that will leave your jaw on the floor.

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