Mentoring and mobilizing a diverse group of law students is an essential long-term strategy for building additional capacity, vision, and leadership in the reproductive justice movement. We concentrate our efforts in four action areas: curriculum enrichment; professional training; community building and convening; and campus organizing.
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We strive to integrate reproductive rights law and justice curricula into legal education to ensure that interested law students have access to the educational experiences required to become informed resources and effective advocates. To that end, we are focusing on new course offerings in Reproductive Rights Law and Justice, the provision of supplemental educational tools, and increased scholarship on reproductive justice and the law.
The LSRJ National Office distributes innovative, student-generated educational materials and top-quality publications, including the newly revised Model Curriculum for Reproductive Rights Law (PDF), Constitutional Law Primer (PDF), Topical Fact Sheets, and Resource Guide.
Legal internships and fellowships build professional expertise, add capacity to advocacy groups, and connect students to future mentors. Each year, we host our own interns and fellow. We also create new positions and projects at allied organizations. LSRJ further facilitates professional training through publication of its Guide to Internships and Fellowships in Reproductive Rights and Justice (PDF), tri-city Intern Trainings, networking lunches with professionals, and stipends. And in 2010, LSRJ launched the Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program, matching between six and eight recent graduates with reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations in Washington, D.C. for a one-year fellowship.
In-person learning experiences promote collective problem solving and advance community building. LSRJ hosts annual regional conferences and biannual national events where LSRJ members and movement leaders come together to learn, network, and inspire one another.
LSRJ’s Alumni Network has quickly become a hot, new communications hub and home to law-students-turned-lawyers for reproductive justice. The Network connects current members to alumni and allies through idea exchanges, collective endeavors, and social gatherings. It enables grads to directly mentor current students and links them to the broader RJ movement.
We give reproductive justice a presence and RJ advocates a community at law schools throughout North America. Equipped with user-friendly Easy Events in an Envelope, we are educating our peers on issues such as the shackling of pregnant and birthing prisoners;comprehensive, medically accurate, age appropriate, sex and sexuality education; being pro-faith and pro-choice; maternal and infant mortality; and reproductive harm to nail salon workers.
The LSRJ National Office supports law students in their valiant efforts to gain contraceptive coverage in student health insurance; transform local policies to advance reproductive justice for marginalized populations in their communities; increase access to emergency contraception; write amici curiae briefs in domestic and international court cases; raise money for abortion funds and post-natal maternal healthcare; and recruit volunteers for clinic defense work.