Jessica Mason Pieklo

Vice President, Law and the Courts

@Hegemommy

Jessica Mason Pieklo is the vice president, law and the courts for Rewire.News, where she oversees legal reporting and analysis and is 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.

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Boom! Lawyered: The Supreme Court Just Trashed 40 Years of Precedent and Sounded the Alarm for ‘Roe’

Imani Gandy & Jessica Mason Pieklo

Franchise Board of California v. Hyatt may not be the most important case of the Supreme Court term, but the fallout from the Court's decision to overturn decades of precedent could have major ramifications for Roe v. Wade. In fact, Justice Stephen Breyer sounded the alarm himself in his dissenting opinion. In this episode of Boom! Lawyered, Imani Gandy and Jessica Mason Pieklo explain what happened and what it could mean for abortion rights, marriage equality, and more.

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Boom! Lawyered: How Georgia and Kansas Reveal the Future Battleground for Abortion Rights

Jessica Mason Pieklo & Imani Gandy

The near total ban on abortion recently passed in Georgia contrasts sharply with the landmark decision in Kansas declaring abortion to be a natural right. In the latest episode of Boom! Lawyered, hosts Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy explore which of those paths other states are likely to follow and the number-one reason there's still hope for abortion rights in the United States.

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Boom! Lawyered: The Master Plan to Dismantle LGBTQ Rights Is in Its Endgame

Jessica Mason Pieklo & Imani Gandy

The Supreme Court announced this week that it will hear three cases that could determine what, if any, protections LGBTQ employees have from job discrimination. In this episode of Boom! Lawyered, Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy explain what it means that the Court agreed to hear all three cases together and how the effects of a bad ruling could extend into housing and health-care discrimination.

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Boom! Lawyered: If You’re a Rapper, Your Lyrics Can Send You to Jail

Imani Gandy & Jessica Mason Pieklo

In the latest episode of Boom! Lawyered, Imani Gandy and Jessica Mason Pieklo discuss the case of Jamal Knox, a young rapper who was convicted for terroristic threats and witness intimidation based on the lyrics of his music. When are words “true threats,” and when are they protected free speech? And why do most court cases on speech seem to be decided in whichever direction benefits white Christian patriarchy?

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Boom! Lawyered: ‘Reverse Discrimination’ Isn’t a Thing, but the Roberts Court Might Disagree

Jessica Mason Pieklo & Imani Gandy

The Supreme Court will soon decide whether to take a case that would give school districts the ability to affirmatively discriminate against transgender students. Boom! Lawyered hosts Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy explain how a bad decision in this case could enshrine the bogus concept of "reverse discrimination" into law, putting even more rights—and lives—at risk.

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Boom! Lawyered: Mailbag Edition

Jessica Mason Pieklo & Imani Gandy

In the latest episode of Boom! Lawyered, hosts Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy answer listener questions across a range of important issues. Where can we find hope for the future of reproductive rights? How soon will people feel the impact of so many recent ultra-conservative judges appointed to the lower courts? And what beverage pairs well with a delicious criminal indictment? Listen and subscribe to find out.

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Boom! Lawyered: A Dude Is Suing an Alabama Abortion Clinic for ‘Wrongful Death’…of an Embryo

Imani Gandy & Jessica Mason Pieklo

Ryan Magers is suing the Alabama Women's Center for wrongful death because his girlfriend, who was 16 at the time, got an abortion—with the consent of her parents—against Magers's wishes. How is this even possible? And how does this case fit into the ongoing anti-choice campaign for "fetal personhood?" Boom! Lawyered hosts Imani Gandy and Jessica Mason Pieklo have those answers and more. 

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Boom! Lawyered: Federal Funding to Discriminate Against LGBTQ and Non-Christian Families?

Jessica Mason Pieklo & Imani Gandy

In several states, there are evangelical adoption and foster care agencies trying to keep federal funding while refusing to place children in LGBTQ or non-Christian families—and now the Trump administration may help them. Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy break down who's behind these discriminatory efforts and what they mean for kids and parents around the country. 

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Boom! Lawyered: The John Roberts Abortion Conundrum…Resolved?

Imani Gandy & Jessica Mason Pieklo

Last night, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to block an anti-choice law in Louisiana from taking effect while it is being challenged in the courts. John Roberts was the deciding vote. Yes, you read that correctly. Is this a one-time thing, or does this signal that Roberts is moving to the middle on abortion? And what's next for abortion rights in Louisiana and around the country?

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