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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 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.

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

 


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Boom! Lawyered: Predicting the Next Two Years

Jessica Mason Pieklo & Imani Gandy

The last couple years have been a wild ride, to say the least. Boom! Lawyered celebrates our two-year anniversary by looking ahead to the next two years. What's in store for reproductive rights, LGBTQ equality, and the integrity of the Supreme Court? Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy offer their predictions—and a ray of hope.

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Boom! Lawyered: Will the Supreme Court Make It Easier for Abortion Protesters to Threaten People?

Imani Gandy & Jessica Mason Pieklo

In Chicago, no one within 50 feet of an abortion clinic is allowed to get closer than eight feet to another person. Anti-choice groups have challenged this "bubble zone" ordinance, and the Supreme Court is about to decide whether to hear them out. In this episode of Boom! Lawyered, Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy explain what's at stake for clinics, providers, and patients in Chicago and around the country if John Roberts and friends take the case.

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Boom! Lawyered: Scalia’s Son May Be Trump’s New Tool (to Dismantle Civil Rights)

Imani Gandy & Jessica Mason Pieklo

The Department of Labor has proposed a rule that could gut civil rights protections for the employees of more than 42,000 businesses that hold a federal contract. In this episode of Boom! Lawyered, Imani Gandy and Jessica Mason Pieklo explain the rule, its impact, and why former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia might roll over in his grave if he knew his son could be tasked with enforcing it. 

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Boom! Lawyered: The Missouri Abortion Ban You Didn’t Hear About

Jessica Mason Pieklo & Imani Gandy

This week, a federal court blocked Missouri’s multi-week gestational ban. But did you know that another restriction banning abortions based on the race, sex, or Down syndrome diagnosis of a fetus was allowed to take effect? On this episode of Boom! Lawyered, Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy explain the faulty logic of these bans and how this decision paves the way for more trouble down the road.

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Boom! Lawyered: Trump Judge Approves Manslaughter Charges for Pregnancy Loss

Jessica Mason Pieklo & Imani Gandy

Recently, the ultra-conservative 8th Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated an involuntary manslaughter charge against a Native woman from Sisseton, South Dakota. That charge is based on allegations that she ingested illegal drugs while pregnant, resulting in the death of her newborn. Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy explain why this decision is an alarming escalation of the anti-choice efforts to establish fetal personhood and punish people for their pregnancy outcomes.

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Boom! Lawyered: There Are Concentration Camps for Kids at the Border. Is Any of This Legal?

Jessica Mason Pieklo & Imani Gandy

Last week, a Department of Justice lawyer stunned the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals when she argued that it is “safe and sanitary” to confine immigrant children for indefinite periods of time without basic needs like soap or toothbrushes. In this episode of Boom! Lawyered, Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy explain the legal framework meant to protect these children and how the Trump administration intends to dismantle it.

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Boom! Lawyered: This Case Could Define Transgender Rights for a Generation

Imani Gandy & Jessica Mason Pieklo

Last week, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that policies targeting transgender people are sex-based discrimination that must meet heightened scrutiny to be constitutional. In this episode of Boom! Lawyered, Imani Gandy and Jessica Mason Pieklo evaluate this important—but qualified—win for transgender rights and what it means for those rights in the future.

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Boom! Lawyered: Clarence Thomas Just Declared War on Your Birth Control

Imani Gandy & Jessica Mason Pieklo

This week, the Supreme Court ruled that a provision of an Indiana law mandating the burial or cremation of fetal remains could take effect. At the same time, it blocked a separate provision of the Indiana law banning abortions based on the race, sex, or disability of a fetus. In this episode of Boom! Lawyered, Imani Gandy and Jessica Mason Pieklo explain Tuesday’s decision, Justice Clarence Thomas’s opinion equating modern-day family planning with eugenics, and signals from the Court’s conservatives that access to birth control is in their crosshairs.

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Boom! Lawyered: What a Challenge to ‘Roe’ Will Actually Look Like

Jessica Mason Pieklo & Imani Gandy

Conservative lawmakers are passing total and near-total abortion bans with the explicit hope that they will be used to overturn Roe v. Wade. But how would that work, exactly? In this episode of Boom! Lawyered, Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy explain the arguments that would fuel a legal challenge to Roe and how a bad decision could then be used to attack state laws protecting abortion rights.

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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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