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Call for Submissions: 2016 Sarah Weddington Writing Prize

LSRJ, in collaboration with the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law, is pleased to announce the Call for Submissions for the eleventh annual Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights.

This year, the Sarah Wedding prize will have the suggested theme of “Restoring Public Insurance Coverage for Abortion,” but will also be open to fresh student scholarship exploring a wide range of issues that affect reproductive health, rights, and justice in the U.S. For more information, please download the 2016 Call for Submissions. The deadline for submission is January 18, 2016.

Winning authors will receive cash prizes: $750 (1st place), $500 (2nd place), or $250 (3rd place) in addition to a copy of the newly released casebook, Murray and Luker’s Cases on Reproductive Rights and Justice. The first place winner will also have a chance at publication with the NYU Review of Law and Social Change.

Posted on Aug 14, 2015 - 08:40 AM

LSRJ Highlighted

LSRJ was recently highlighted on, where we got to share what makes us unique while also introducing the reproductive justice framework to a new audience. features daily articles from renowned experts, research studies, a lively forum, and more. Each month, the site sees more than 300,00 unique visitors and more than 3,7 million pageviews, making it the leading resource site for dating.

Posted on May 13, 2015 - 07:21 AM

Were You Breastfeeding When You Took the Bar? Share Your Story!

Reproductive justice means not having to choose between your career and your own health and that of your children! That is why the ACLU and LSRJ are announcing a nation-wide initiative to ensure that all nursing mothers who need testing accommodations during the bar exam are eligible to receive them, no matter where they are taking the exam.

If you are planning on taking the bar (or another similar entrance or licensing examination) and need testing accommodations, or if you have already been denied those accommodations, we want to hear from you. Tell us your story!

The ACLU’s full blog post can be found here.

Posted on Apr 29, 2015 - 10:32 AM

2015 LSRJ Organizing Award Winners!

Each year, we formally recognize the work of one LSRJ member or chapter by giving the Cari Sietstra Excellence in Organizing Award. This year, because we are overwhelmed by the tremendous work our community engages in, we expanded our award program to bestow an Outstanding Alumni Award, an Outstanding Allied Organization Award, and an Outstanding Faculty Award.

We are thrilled to announce the winners of our 2014-15 awards:

The winner of the Cari Sietstra Organizing Award is North Carolina Central University. Founded in 2008, the NCCU LSRJ chapter really hit its stride this year. The NCCU chapter co-hosted several panels and film screenings with other student organizations and community advocates such as the Carolina Abortion Fund and Planned Parenthood South Atlantic. The chapter organized a Reproductive Justice Day, which featured a panel on women’s health policy legislation, litigation, and policy making. Chapter President Anne Keyworth says, “One of the things we have found that people are most interested in is hearing from people who are working on reproductive justice issues in the community, so we hope to continue partnering with people working in local reproductive justice capacities.”

Madison Burnett has been honored with our 2015 Outstanding Alumni award.
Madison (’09, Georgia State University College of Law) founded the GSU LSRJ chapter and served as the 2008-2009 President of the LSRJ Board of Directors, where she was instrumental in growing the South region of LSRJ chapters. She has remained committed to RJ and LSRJ ever since. She has presented at numerous LSRJ events, mentored countless law students, been a donor since her graduation, and is currently a supervising attorney for our judicial bypass project in Atlanta. 

Our inaugural Outstanding Faculty Award award goes to Professor Lisa Ikemoto. Professor Ikemoto teaches bioethics, health care law, public health law, reproductive rights, law & policy, and marital property at UC Davis School of Law. She has been a tremendous supporter of LSRJ over the years, and currently serves as faculty advisor to the Davis chapter. Former student and RJFP Fellow Christine Poquiz (’12, UC Davis Law) says, “Professor Ikemoto is an amazing teacher, mentor, advocate, and friend. She has a brilliant mind and generous spirit. UC Davis has such a robust health law and reproductive rights and justice curriculum because of Professor Ikemoto, and her many students and I have been so lucky to have the opportunity to learn from her. Professor Ikemoto introduced me to LSRJ and RJ and was integral in getting me started in the reproductive justice field. I thank her for that, and am so thrilled she is getting this recognition.”

Catholics for Choice is the winner of our Allied Organization award. Catholics for Choice has avidly supported LSRJ over the years. Most recently, staff members spoke at the 2014 Leadership Institute and the 2015 Spring Summit at University of Pennsylvania Law School. Catholics for Choice has also been instrumental in the creation of our “Keeping Faith in the Conversation” event toolkit, a panel that chapters can bring to their law schools that explores the intersection of faith and abortion rights.

Congratulations to all of our 2014-15 winners!

Posted on Apr 28, 2015 - 07:56 AM

2015 Winners of Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights

Winning authors will receive cash prizes: $750 (1st place), $500 (2nd place), or $250 (3rd place). The first place winner will also have a chance at publication with the NYU Review of Law and Social Change.

First Place: April Shaw, J.D. candidate (’15 University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law) for “Racism, Sexism, and Abortion: How Race-Selective and Sex-Selective Bans on Abortion Make Visible the Color-Coded Dimensions of the Right to Abortion and the Deficiencies of Constitutional Protections for Women of Color”, forthcoming in issue 40.3 of the NYU Review of Law & Social Change

Second Place: Alix Noureddine, J.D. (’14 Case Western Reserve University School of Law) for “Constitutionality of the Death Penalty for Fetal Homicide: Connecting Eighth Amendment Jurisprudence with Fourteenth Amendment Substantive Due Process”

Third Place: Eliza Duggan, J.D. candidate (’16 University of California Berkeley School of Law) for “A ‘Velvet Hammer’: Criminalizing Motherhood and New Maternalism”

Posted on Apr 07, 2015 - 10:00 AM

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