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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: ‘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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Boom! Lawyered: Meet the Official Who May Lead the Attack on Transgender Rights

Imani Gandy & Jessica Mason Pieklo

In this episode of Boom! Lawyered, hosts Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy introduce you to Roger Severino. He runs the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He decorates his office with a Clarence Thomas bobblehead and a crucifix. And he's the person likely to be driving the Trump Administration's reported efforts to eliminate transgender rights.

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