About Personal Liberty advocates

Personal Liberty Advocates provides legislative, regulatory, and legal consulting for a wide range of areas, particularly reproductive rights and drug policy reform, including implementation of recreational and medical marijuana laws. Personal Liberty Advocates also provides consulting services regarding healthcare laws and regulations outside of reproductive healthcare, such as healthcare facility and scope of practice regulations, as well as lobbying and model ordinance drafting on behalf of clients in local zoning processes.

Personal Liberty Advocates' mission is to fight to protect the personal liberty and bodily integrity of all Americans, using legislative, regulatory, communications, and legal strategies. Specifically, to stop unwanted intrusion by the government into the bodies of women and men, whether that state intrusion is a literal attack on a woman's uterus like a mandated transvaginal ultrasound before the performance of an abortion, a more figurative attack on a woman's bodily integrity where pernicious TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) laws shut down abortion providers to deny a woman the ability to make her own reproductive decisions, or a state or locality has not passed laws and regulations allowing seriously ill patients access to the medicine that their bodies need, criminalizing necessary healthcare. Personal Liberty Advocates will advocate for your bodily integrity on the local, federal and state level, will prepare licensing applications and maintain regulatory compliance with all relevant laws and regulations for women's health centers, community health centers, and other medical marijuana businesses.

 

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FOUNDER

Noah Mamber, Esq., is the Founder of Personal Liberty Advocates and provides regulatory, legislative and legal expertise in reproductive rights, marijuana law, and other areas after more than 15 years as an activist and advocate in the drug policy reform and feminist movements.

Originally from New York City and New Jersey, Mr. Mamber received his B.A. in Judaic Studies from Yale University and his J.D. from Cornell Law School. While earning his J.D., he was the winner of the Stanley E. Gould Prize for Public Interest, and he served on the editorial board of the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy. As Symposium Editor, he planned one of the first law journal symposiums ever on drug policy reform in 2005, and his article, “Coke and Smack at the Drugstore—Harm Reductive Drug Legalization: An Alternative to a Criminalization Society” Cornell J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 15:3 (Summer 2006), was published as well.

Mr. Mamber is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey and currently resides in Washington, DC.

Mr. Mamber has spent much of his professional career working for marijuana policy reform. After interning with the Drug Policy Alliance during law school, he joined Americans for Safe Access (ASA) as the Legal Services Coordinator from 2006 to 2008 and then worked as a Legislative Analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) from 2009 to 2011. At ASA, he directed the legal hotline program and explained and interpreted medical marijuana laws for more than 3,000 patients, providers, doctors, and attorneys. He also developed an interactive Legal FAQ that shared plain language, step-by-step, printable information empowering patients to successfully navigate the legal system.

At MPP, Mr. Mamber personally led a successful 2.5-year campaign to pass a bipartisan, comprehensive medical marijuana law in Delaware supported by 71% of the legislature. In addition to drafting some of the key provisions, he testified in committee, spoke on the floor of the House and Senate, lobbied legislators, trained a team of patient-spokespeople, and mobilized grassroots activists across the state. Delaware’s law remains one of strongest medical cannabis laws passed legislatively, allowing patients to possess up to 6 ounces of medical cannabis and providing dispensary access and extensive civil protections for patients. He planned and executed legislative strategy in 18 states, moving reform forward in AZ, DC, IA, IN, NH, NY, KY, RI, and WV. In his drug policy reform work, he has highlighted intersectional issues in additional to criminal penalty reduction. In response to tracking numerous employment and child custody cases at ASA, he drafted model language to protect patients from discrimination in these areas; a version of this language is now law in AZ, DE, IL, ME, MI, MN, and NH, NY. Working with MedCanna Consulting in 2015, Mr. Mamber assisted in the preparation of multiple applications for Maryland medical marijuana cultivation, processing, and dispensing licenses, and advocated for model zoning ordinance language that supports the implementation of the Maryland medical marijuana program.

With more than 12 years of legislative, political, and legal experience on the local, state and federal levels, Mr. Mamber specializes in overseeing regulatory compliance, lobbying, and legislative and regulatory drafting and interpretation. He also has considerable experience in electoral campaigns, 501(c)4 management and candidate endorsement, volunteer organizing, and communications. He has been quoted by WHYY (DE), WAMU (DC), Telemundo (DC), The Washington Post, The New York Times blog, Politico, Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The News Journal (DE), Inside NoVa (VA) and Evansville Courier and Press (IN). He is familiar with a wide variety of legal and regulatory practice areas, including criminal, employment, family, land use, First Amendment, and abortion law as well as health care profession and facility regulation.

Formerly a Jewish educator, Mr. Mamber has also worked for LGBT rights at the Human Rights Campaign and for reproductive liberty and justice as the Public and Legislative Affairs Manager at Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington (PPMW). Between 2011 and 2015, he managed PPMW’s successful healthcare facility regulatory compliance in DC and MD; he also worked in VA’s extremely difficult political environment, where abortion providers are under regulatory attack. After interpreting the extensive, medically unnecessary regulations, he prepared multiple compliance submissions for Department of Health inspectors with necessary documentation and operational protocol citations, drafted new forms and protocols, trained health center staff, and successfully kept the doors of PPMW’s health center open, maintaining abortion access for Virginia women. In addition, he offered public comment and proposed new regulatory amendments based in medical science that are likely to be adopted in 2016.

While at PPMW, Mr. Mamber also drafted, secured the introduction of, and successfully advocated for the Expedited Partner Therapy Act, a DC harm reduction measure that will reduce STI rates (especially among youth and women of color), and the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act, DC legislation that protects against employment, housing, and public accommodation discrimination based on reproductive health decisions. He also drafted model zoning language protecting access to women’s health centers for several northern VA municipalities. Since leaving PPMW, he has continued his regulatory work by overseeing the regulatory compliance for another Virginia abortion provider, Amethyst Health Center for Women.