Stephanie joined the Center as a Litigation Fellow in 2006. She was promoted to Senior Staff Attorney in the U.S. Legal Program in 2010. Her practice focuses on protecting reproductive rights and promoting reproductive justice through impact litigation and complementary advocacy. During her tenure, she has been the lead on a number of critical cases across a spectrum of reproductive rights issues:
- She launched a wave of litigation in Oklahoma in 2008 when she led the Center's challenge to a statute that imposed a host of restrictions on access to abortion, including a law subjecting every woman seeking an abortion to a narrated ultrasound examination. Ultimately, Stephanie helped win a ruling in 2012 from the Oklahoma Supreme Court that the ultrasound requirement was unconstitutional.
- She is currently partnering with the city of Baltimore to defend a first-in-the-nation ordinance regulating the deceptive practices of crisis pregnancy centers.
- Stephanie represents a Minnesota abortion fund seeking to preserve public funding for abortion services in that state in the wake of litigation brought by anti-choice advocates.
Recently, Stephanie authored an amicus brief on behalf of the Center and the National Women’s Law Center, arguing that Washington state regulations requiring all pharmacies to fill valid prescriptions for contraceptives do not violate the rights of pharmacy owners.
Stephanie holds an adjunct appointment at Fordham Law School, where she has taught courses on comparative reproductive rights and legal writing. Before joining the Center, Stephanie served as an associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, LLP. In addition, she clerked for the Hon. Nina Gershon, a U.S. District Court Judge in the Eastern District of New York. Stephanie earned a JD from New York University School of Law and a BA from Fordham University, where she studied political science and mathematics.