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Jessica Mason Pieklo

Vice President, Law and the Courts

@Hegemommy

Jessica Mason Pieklo is the vice president, law and the courts, overseeing legal reporting and analysis. She is also the co-host of Rewire.News’ podcast Boom! Lawyered.

Jessica has over a decade of experience as a former litigator, and taught law for four years before transitioning to journalism. She was part of the SCOTUSblog symposium on abortion rights following Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt and won the Excellence in Online Journalism award in 2018 from the Association of LGBTQ Journalists. She has participated in numerous panels including at NYU Law School; University of Arkansas; University of Colorado; University of Utah, among others. Boom! Lawyered won Podcast of the Year in 2017 from the Population Institute.

For press appearances or further information, please contact [email protected]

 


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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.

[Photo: A pill on a blister package of mifepristone.]

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Boom! Lawyered: ‘Abortion Reversal’ Is B.S.

Imani Gandy & Jessica Mason Pieklo

In this episode of Boom! Lawyered, Imani Gandy and Jessica Mason Pieklo debunk the latest frontier in junk science: "abortion reversal." As more states pass laws forcing doctors to promote this myth, the courts continue to step in and block them. But if more people don't recognize the bad-faith claims underlying "abortion reversal," that could change—and sooner than we might think.

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Boom! Lawyered: Bathroom Panic at the Supreme Court

Imani Gandy & Jessica Mason Pieklo

During recent Supreme Court arguments about trans rights under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, one of the justices appeared to buy into the idea of "bathroom panic." That may not seem surprising—except that the justice in question was Sonia Sotomayor. On this episode of Boom! Lawyered, Imani Gandy and Jessica Mason Pieklo explain what happened, where Justice Sotomayor went wrong, and why "bathroom panic" arguments don't hold up under scrutiny.

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