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LSRJ Applauds Alumna and Former Chapter Leader Sandra Fluke
February 5, 2014
Law Students for Reproductive Justice applauds alumna Sandra Fluke in her run for California Senate District 26.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oakland, CA – Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) is thrilled with the announcement today from our alumna Sandra Fluke that she will be running for California Senate District 26.
“As a student at Georgetown University Law Center, Sandra deftly lead the LSRJ chapter in challenging the school’s contraceptive coverage policy, and she continues to do what we encourage all of our members and leaders to do - use the law to help create real, lasting change,” said Sabrina Andrus, Executive Director of Law Students for Reproductive Justice.
LSRJ trains and amplifies the voices of student leaders and new lawyers throughout the country, like Ms. Fluke, preparing the next generation of lawyers, judges, and elected officials to stand up for the reproductive rights of all people – from the margins to the mainstream. LSRJ members are not only poised to influence law, policy, and public opinion in the future, they are already making an impact in the present.
Sabrina M. Andrus, JD
Law Students for Reproductive Justice
1730 Franklin Street, Suite 212
Oakland, CA 94611
(t) 510.622.8135 ▪ (f) 510.622.8138 ▪
LSRJ trains and mobilizes law students and new lawyers across the country to foster legal expertise and support for the realization of reproductive justice. For media inquiries, please email .
LSRJ Honored as High-impact Nonprofit
We are excited to share that LSRJ has been identified by experts as a top nonprofit working in the field of reproductive health, rights, and justice! Philanthropedia, a division of GuideStar, spoke with 134 experts to rank the top 25 high-impact non-profits in the national reproductive health, rights, and justice field, and we are honored to have been ranked 15th. In describing LSRJ, non-profit professionals said, ”Their staff and board leadership has been superb for years. They are a very strategic organization and have carved out their own niche in the movement...LSRJ has reached thousands and thousands of law school graduates from 100 campuses throughout the country. Everywhere I go, I meet LSRJ alums who are active in the field as scholars, litigators, pro bono counsel, donors, and board members. Plus, LSRJ’s fellowship and internship programs have brought legal research and writing skills directly to dozens of reproductive organizations, most of which don’t have staff with legal training, increasing their policy advocacy capacity.”
LSRJ Turns Ten!
Ten years ago – May 15, 2003 – LSRJ was born.
100 chapters at law schools across the country.
Thousands of law students and lawyers all dedicated to providing legal expertise and support for the realization of reproductive justice.
We’re mighty proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish for the RJ movement in the last decade. Click here to learn more about some of our best moments and to find out how you can support our future endeavors.
2013 Sarah Weddington Writing Prize Winners
Announcing the Winners of the 2013 Student Writing Prize
In collaboration with the Center for Reproductive Rights, LSRJ is pleased to announce the winners of the eighth annual Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights.
This year’s theme was “Economic (in)Justice of Reproductive Regulation.” Winning authors received cash prizes: $750 (1st place), $500 (2nd place), or $250 (3rd place). Full text of the articles will be available soon.
First place: Kathryn Benedict, J.D. candidate (’14 Columbia Law School) for “When Might Does Not Create Religious Rights: For-Profit Corporations’ Employees and the Contraceptive Coverage Mandate”
Second place: Katherine Jacob, J.D. (’12 Case Western Reserve University School of Law) for “Laying in [Wait]: Pregnancy Support Lessons from the Brehon Laws”
Third place: Laurah Samuels, J.D. candidate (’13 Columbia Law School) for “Mifepristone Protocol Legislation: The Anti-choice Movement’s Disingenuous Method of Attack on the Reproductive Rights of Women and How Courts Should Respond”
Honorable mention: Lauren Goldsmith, J.D. candidate (’13 University of California, Berkeley School of Law) for “Redefining Viability: Why the State Must Ensure Viable Alternatives to Pregnancy and Motherhood”
Please see the Press Release for more information.
2013-14 RJ Fellows & Placement Organizations
We proudly announce the participants in the fourth year of this ground-breaking, change-making, one-of-a-kind fellowship program! Once again, this year’s selection process saw an extraordinarily high caliber of fellow applicants and amazing organizations.
Congratulations to the following individuals and organizations:
Jamille Fields - National Health Law Program (NHeLP)
Lillian Hewko - National Women’s Health Network (NWHN)
Tiana Patterson - Black Women’s Health Imperative
Lauren Paulk - National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)
Agata Pelka - National Abortion Federation (NAF)
Kashif Syed - Advocates for Youth (AFY)
For more information about the 2013-14 RJ Fellows, please see the Fellow Bios. The 2013-14 fellowship term begins in August 2013.
In addition to the six new Fellows, three current RJ Fellows will be staying on at their organizations for a second year as part of the Matching Stipend Program:
Deodonne Bhattarai - Asian & Pacific Islander Am. Health Forum
Christine Poquiz -National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum
Candace Gibson - National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
Together we are fostering legal expertise for the RJ movement!