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Sandra S.
Park

Sandra Park (@sandrasparkly) is a staff attorney with the ACLU Women’s Rights Project. She previously worked at the Legal Aid Society, Bronx Neighborhood Office, first as a Skadden Fellow and then as a staff attorney. She also clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein in the Southern District of New York. A magna cum laude graduate of New York University School of Law and Harvard University, Park has also worked as a research associate at the Brennan Center for Justice.

Supreme Court: Liberate the Human Genome!

Supreme Court: Liberate the Human Genome!

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 1:14pm
Today, we asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review an appellate court’s 2-1 ruling upholding patents on two human genes associated with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.  The case challenges patents that pose a serious barrier to using new discoveries in genetic testing and how genes influence the way cancers develop and can be treated.

Should Patents Control What Your Doctor Can Think?

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 4:55pm

On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in an important patent case involving the right of physicians to think about how a patient has reacted to a drug, Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories.

Prometheus’…

Uncovering Sexual Assault in the Military

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 2:27pm

Rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment are so prevalent in the military that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has coined a term to refer to these acts when perpetrated against servicemembers: "military sexual trauma" (MST).

In…

In Flores-Villar v. U.S., Court Should Overturn Law That Discriminates Against Fathers

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 3:43pm

When a child is born to an unmarried U.S. citizen living abroad, the parent's ability to transmit U.S. citizenship to the child turns on this question: was the child born to a U.S. citizen father, or mother?

If the child's mother is a U.S.…

For Domestic Violence Victims, There's No Place Like Topeka

For Domestic Violence Victims, There's No Place Like Topeka

By Lydia Devine, Women's Rights Project , Women's Rights Project & Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 11:00am

In an effort to cut budgets, the Topeka City Council has decriminalized domestic violence so the city doesn't have to spend the money to prosecute offenders.

Your Genes, Your Rights

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 4:13pm

This post is part of Mom's Rising's Blog Carnival on women's health and economic rights, held this week to commemorate the anniversaries of the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment and the 1963 March on Washington.

When you hear about patents…

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