Reproductive rights Services

Personal Liberty Advocates will:

  • provide legislative and regulatory drafting, advocacy strategy, legal memoranda, testimony, public comment, and direct lobbying services, in support of passing legislation and regulatory amendments protecting abortion and reproductive healthcare (e.g legislation that effects a protestor buffer zone, better healthcare facility regulation, reproductive health non-discrimination, expansion of allied health professionals' scope of practice, better reimbursements for reproductive healthcare, better disbursement of medicine such as birth control or antibiotics) in your jurisdiction;
  • work with you and your coalition to oppose bad legislation;
  • develop an extensive plan for regulatory compliance, especially for women's health centers affected by TRAP laws, including analyzing and amending Standard Operating Procedures, training staff, tracking compliance, preparing compliance submissions, leading in-person compliance with inspectors, and preparing and submitting plans of correction;
  • specifically on the local level, draft and advocate for amendments to zoning ordinances to protect the provision of reproductive healthcare; and
  • prepare relevant communications in support of the above.

 

Noah Mamber, Esq., Founder of Personal Liberty Advocates, has a long history in the reproductive rights and justice movement. He has been working to achieve feminist outcomes and to protect personal liberty since graduating Yale University and joining Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, in 2001, where he lobbied Congress against the "Global Gag Rule" and for the passage of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, which protected patients from discrimination based on their genetic health information in health insurance and employment, as well as on hate crimes, charitable choice, and school voucher legislation.

From 2011-2015, as the Public and Legislative Affairs Manager at Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington (PPMW), 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. At Personal Liberty Advocates, he has continued his regulatory work at PPMW as well as overseeing the regulatory compliance for another Virginia abortion provider, Amethyst Health Center for Women.

Mr. Mamber has also drafted model zoning language protecting access to women’s health centers for several northern VA municipalities. He and his coalition engaged legislatively and electorally to seek further zoning protections in Manassas (where the mayor that cast the tiebreaking vote against personal liberty was beaten in a state senate election, based in part off of that vote, which our coalition successfully elevated), as well as in Fairfax City, where a two year campaign will be completed soon and a final zoning ordinance passed. He drafted language for Arlington and Alexandria as well, and is ramping up those campaigns.

 

Drug policy reform SErvices

Personal Liberty Advocates will:

  • provide legislative and regulatory drafting, advocacy strategy, legal memoranda, testimony, public comment, and direct lobbying services, in support of passing legislation and regulatory amendments that implement drug policy reform (e.g. medical and recreational marijuana laws, regulations and necessary amendments, needle exchange, Good Samaritan laws, and other drug policy reform measures) in your jurisdiction;
  • work with you and your coalition to oppose bad legislation;
  • work with medical and recreational marijuana businesses to submit state license applications
  • develop an extensive plan for regulatory compliance for businesses that implement drug policy reform measures (e.g. marijuana-related businesses, as well as needle exchanges, methadone clinics, and other drug policy reform-related businesses) including analyzing and amending Standard Operating Procedures, training staff, tracking compliance, preparing compliance submissions, leading in-person compliance with inspectors, and preparing and submitting plans of correction;
  • specifically on the local level, draft and advocate for amendments to zoning ordinances that are friendly to drug policy reform-related businesses, and ensure they have ample zones in which to site; and
  • prepare relevant communications in support of the above.

 

Noah Mamber, Esq., Founder of Personal Liberty Advocates, has over 16 years of history in the drug policy reform movement. He has been working to achieve drug policy reform since 1999, when he attended a William Upski Wimsatt "No More Prisons rally" and learned about the injustice of the Higher Education Act Amendment that threatened the college educations of those convicted of drug offenses. At Cornell Law School, he continued this work, bringing a drug policy reform focus to his work there, and spreading the message to his classmates and professors. During his law school summer of 2004 and 2005, he worked as a legal intern on drug policy reform, particularly on the Drop the Rock campaign, with the Legal Aid Society-Special Litigation Unit and the Drug Policy Alliance. Back at law school, as National Lawyers Guild Vice-President of Political Activism, he planned and led a group of students to Albany to elect pro-reform Albany County District Attorney David Soares, which eventually paved the way for the passage of full Rockefeller Reform in 2009. Finally, in 2005, he used his position as Symposium Editor of the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy to elevate and advance drug policy reform academic discourse, planning one of the first law journal symposiums ever focused on drug policy reform in 2005, with Ethan Nadelmann, Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance, as the keynote speaker. His original 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 has spent much of his professional career working for marijuana policy reform.  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.

As the Public and Legislative Affairs Manager at Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington (PPMW), 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. Healthcare facility regulation and marijuana facility regulation and their compliance are very similar, both in the substantive provisions (HVAC and building requirements, personal protective equipment and sanitation mandates) and in associated controversy.

Working with MedCanna Consulting in 2015, Mr. Mamber also 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.

 

healthcare regulation SErvices

Personal Liberty Advocates also offers legislative and regulatory consulting services to healthcare entities more generally, especially community health centers, and will:

  • provide legislative and regulatory drafting, advocacy strategy, legal memoranda, testimony, public comment, and direct lobbying services, in support of passing legislation and regulatory amendments protecting the provision of healthcare and a patient's right to choose the healthcare they need (e.g legislation that effects better healthcare facility regulation, expansion of health professional's scope of practice, better reimbursements from Medicaid and Medicare, better distribution of medicine) in your jurisdiction;
  • work with you and your coalition to oppose bad legislation;
  • develop an extensive plan for regulatory compliance, including analyzing and amending Standard Operating Procedures, training staff, tracking compliance, preparing compliance submissions, leading in-person compliance with inspectors, and preparing and submitting plans of correction;
  • specifically on the local level, draft and advocate for amendments to zoning ordinances that protect the provision of healthcare and are friendly to healthcare facilities; and
  • prepare relevant communications in support of the above.

 

Noah Mamber, Esq., Founder of Personal Liberty Advocates, worked extensively on general healthcare facility policy and regulations as the Public and Legislative Affairs Manager at Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington (PPMW). While the regulations applied to abortion providers were more extensive and restrictive than other healthcare facilities, their substance is very similar. Mr. Mambermanaged 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, Mamber worked in coalition, submitted extensive testimony, and helped pass legislation that improved Medicaid reimbursements for intrauterine devices (IUD's) in DC. He improved the distribution of medicine to patients in testifying and helping pass a DC bill allowing physicians to dispense 12 months of birth control at a time, increasing adherence. Similarly, he 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). He also assisted in the passage of a Maryland bill that expanded patient privacy protections around the explanation of benefits, ensuring spouses would not accidentally receive personal health information.

Mamber also extensively analyzed PPMW's Standard Operating Procedures, researched all relevant laws and regulations, and proposed amendments to harmonize the SOP's with the law. He specifically researched the DC Certificate of Need process and related regulatory compliance, as well all non-physician scope of practice laws and regulations in DC, MD, and VA, and identified various scope of practice issues that could be addressed and expanded by drafting and passing legislation. Mr. Mamber drafted and advocated for zoning ordinance language that is friendly to healthcare facilities and based on actual land use impacts in four jurisdictions in Northern Virginia.

 

zoning advocacy Services

Personal Liberty Advocates also offers zoning advocacy consulting services to many other types of businesses, especially those connected with the protection of personal liberty and will:

  • analyze your locality's zoning code, draft proposed amendments, develop an advocacy strategy, prepare legal memoranda, testimony, and public comment in support, do direct lobbying and assist in building a coalition of stakeholders in support of the zoning text amendment that maximizes the area in which your business is allowed to operate;
  • work with you and your coalition to oppose bad zoning text amendments; and
  • prepare relevant communications in support of the above.
  • provide a model ordinance for your type of business that can be applied in other jurisdictions.

 

Noah Mamber, Esq., Founder of Personal Liberty Advocates, began doing work extensively on zoning policy and lobbying as the Public and Legislative Affairs Manager at Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington (PPMW). Abortion criminalizers revived a tactic not seen since the early 80's, and sought to pass a zoning regulation in Fairfax City that did not mention abortion, yet massively reduced the potential area in which an abortion provider facility could site, while increasing the zoning restrictions and making the process to apply more onerous and subject to "veto by mob". Against organized opposition, the initial bill passed. Immediately after Fairfax City, the abortion criminalizers tried the same tactic in Manassas and the opposition was able to vote the bill down. Mr. Mamber led a coalition to amend these ordinances, focusing on lobbying executive planning officials, councilmembers, and the mayor, mobilizing grassroots and grasstops support, and winning the media narrative. He analyzed the relevant zoning ordinances, other surrounding ordinances, and relevant caselaw, and drafted model language for each jurisdiction, with an extensive accompanying legal memorandum explaining the context and the specific legislative drafting choices.

The coalition used that document in a 1.5 year campaign in Manassas, achieved a good compromise with the Zoning Committee and Zoning Administrator as part of a holistic zoning review, and then Manassas' mayor stepped in and made a political decision (to gain him favor in the upcoming Republican state Senate primary) to vote against abortion provider access and personal liberty in 2015. Our coalition then successfully elevated this vote, and the Democrat in the general election ran on increasing access to women's health centers and highlighting the bad vote as part of his strategy, and won, 54%-46%, in a tough district to send the mayor back to Manassas.

Mr. Mamber and the coalition also worked in Fairfax City, and running a similar campaign with Mamber's model zoning language protecting access to women's health centers, they are seeking to pass fair, well-written, amended language as part of the holistic zoning ordinance update, in early 2016. Mr. Mamber also drafted model language for Alexandria and Arlington, cities which already protect abortion access in zoning but could protect it even more clearly and extensively with the passage of model language. Working with MedCanna Consulting in 2015, Mr. Mamber also drafted and advocated for model zoning ordinance language that supports the implementation of the Maryland medical marijuana program in Frederick City and Frederick County.