Lynn Hecht Schafran, Esq., is Senior Vice President and Legal Director at Legal Momentum and has been Director of Legal Momentum's National Judicial Education Program to Promote Equality for Women and Men in the Courts (NJEP) since 1981. Lynn also serves as a senior staff attorney, litigating and writing in the areas of rape, domestic violence, the intersection of sexual assault and domestic violence, and gender bias in the courts.
Established in 1980 and co-sponsored by the National Association of Women Judges, NJEP initiated judicial education about gender bias in the courts nationwide. Lynn has designed and presented courses for numerous national, state and federal judicial colleges in the United States and Canada and was an advisor to the state supreme court and federal circuit task forces on gender bias in the courts for which NJEP was the catalyst. Lynn is co-author of a two-day judicial education curriculum, Understanding Sexual Violence: The Judicial Response to Stranger and Nonstranger Rape and Sexual Assault, presented across the country, its four-hour DVD version, and The Undetected Rapist DVD, recently cited in TIME's cover story on campus sexual assault. She is also co-author of an interactive web course, Intimate Partner Sexual Abuse: Adjudicating This Hidden Dimension of Domestic Violence Cases, available free at www.njep-ipsacourse.org. Her other publications and curricula include Writing and Reading About Rape: A Primer; Judges Tell: What I Wish I Had Known Before I Presided in an Adult Victim Sexual Assault Case; Domestic Violence, Developing Brains, and the Lifespan: New Knowledge from Neuroscience; Risk Assessment and Intimate Partner Sexual Abuse: The Hidden Dimension of Domestic Violence; and self-contained, online curricula on topics such as Elder Victims of Sexual Abuse; Women in Drug Treatment Courts: Sexual Abuse as the Underlying Problem; Interpreters in Adult Victim Sexual Assault Cases; and Medical Forensic Sexual Examinations: What Are They and What Can They Tell the Courts?, all available free at www.njep.org.
Lynn was an original member of the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession, for which she is now the liaison from Legal Momentum and a member of the editorial board of Perspectives, the Commission’s magazine. She is a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Armed Forces Law, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a member of the American Law Institute. She served for six years on the ABA Standing Committee on Amicus Briefs, was a presidential appointee to the Defense Department Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS), and chaired the Committee on Sex and Law of the New York City Bar Association, where she has been a member of the planning committee for the annual Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Distinguished Lecture on Women and the Law since its inception in 1999. She also served as Vice Chair and Special Counsel of the New York City Commission on the Status of Women and as a member of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation Advisory Committee on Justice.
In recognition of her work to eliminate bias in the courts Lynn was awarded the first Distinguished Service Award of the National Association of Women Judges, the Smith College Medal, the Gold Medal of the Foundation for Improvement of Justice, the American Bar Association Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, and the Columbia Law School Public Interest Achievement Award. She received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Quinnipiac College of Law and was the first woman to receive the Francis Rawle Award, given by the American Law Institute-American Bar Association Committee on Continuing Professional Education for outstanding achievement in post-admission legal education. In recognition of her work to end violence against women, Lynn was awarded the End Violence Against Women Visionary Award and the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence Sharon L. Corbitt Award.