news & announcements
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”
Announcing 2015-16 RJ Fellows & Placement Organizations
Zsea Beaumonis (Santa Clara University) - National LGBTQ Task Force
Rebecca Bucchieri (George Mason) - Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity (URGE)
Nimra Chowdhry (Univ. of Houston) - National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)
Madeline Gomez (Columbia) - National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH)
Noel León (Univ. of Pennsylvania) - Reproductive Health Technologies Project (RHTP)
Julia Quinn (Univ. of Texas) - National Health Law Program (NHeLP)
Sonya Rahders (Univ. of California, Hastings) - Advocates for Youth
Sabrina Rewald (Univ. of Detroit Mercy & Univ. of Windsor) - SisterLove
Arneta Rogers (Univ. of California, Hastings) - Positive Women’s Network USA
LSRJ Recently Named a “Bright Star” in Reproductive Justice
Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) was honored to be have its work highlighted recently by the Quixote Foundation through its “2014 Bright Star” award. This award is bestowed to three nonprofits each year that show a history of critical and effective work in the reproductive rights and justice fields, and LSRJ was chosen specifically for our work mobilizing the next generation of leaders. The Quixote Foundation is spending everything it has between now and 2017 by sending unsolicited grants to nonprofit organizations that shine bright, leading lights as we move toward meaningful equality and a world where all people can make thoughtful reproductive decisions. Click here to learn more about the Foundation and its philosophy.
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 led 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.”