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Announcing the 2015-2016 winners of the Cari Sietstra Award

Named in honor of LSRJ’s visionary founder, former Executive Director, and organizer extraordinaire, this prize is awarded annually to a current LSRJ member or chapter that has demonstrated excellence in campus organizing in the previous three semesters.  The winning chapter or individual receives a trophy and prize money – to put toward their organizing efforts, of course! The outstanding faculty award recognizes excellence in mentorship and commitment to reproductive justice.

Chapter winner: University of Chicago LSRJ

Faculty winner: Professor Michele Goodwin, UC Irvine School of Law

Congratulations Cari Sietstra winners!

Posted on May 03, 2016 - 08:37 AM

Announcing the Winners of the 2016 Sarah Weddington Writing Prize!

LSRJ is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights Law. Congratulations!

First place: “More than Receptacles: An International Human Rights Analysis of Criminalizing Pregnancy in the United States” by Vanessa Soderberg (’15 LL.M. from Columbia Law School)

Second place: “Seeing the Forest for the Trees: Why Courts Should Consider Cumulative Effects in the Undue Burden Analysis” by Marlow Svatek (’16 J.D. Candidate from University of Chicago School of Law)

Third place: “Functional Sterilization: Juvenile Life Without Parole and the Right to Procreate” by Gursharon Shergill (’16 J.D. Candidate from Washington University School of Law)

Honorable mention: “Some Women are More Equal than Others: Why the Court Erred in Harris v. McRae, How the States are Fighting Back, and a Path for Reconsideration” by Caitlin Van Sant (’18 J.D. Candidate from George Mason School of Law)

LSRJ thanks everyone who submitted an entry this year, as there were many wonderful articles that exhibited exceptional writing and research and profound understanding and analysis of reproductive rights and justice. LSRJ is also grateful to the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law School for co-sponsoring the writing prize, the judges for their hard work and thoughtful review, and the NYU Review of Law & Social Change for giving the first place winner the presumption of publishability and expedited review.

The Sarah Weddington Writing Prize encourages innovative analysis and advocacy in writing about reproductive rights and justice issues. We encourage writing that amplifies lesser heard voices, applies an intersectional, reproductive justice lens to legal thinking, offers anti-essentialist analysis, and suggests innovative solutions that take into account the practical realities and lived experiences of the people affected by the various forms of subordination and reproductive oppression in the United States.

For more information, please contact Wendy Fu, LSRJ Academic & Attorney Programs Coordinator, at .

Posted on Mar 23, 2016 - 01:58 PM

2015 Course Survey is now Available!

LSRJ is excited to publish the 2015 Reproductive Rights Law & Justice Course Survey. The report examines relevant course offerings from the 198 J.D.-granting law schools in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico that are approved by the American Bar Association.

The 2015 Course Survey indicates that since 2003, one in four law schools in the United States have offered reproductive rights law and justice (RRLJ) courses. Advocacy by LSRJ members, alumni, and allied faculty has played a part in the creation of one-third of the RRLJ courses ever offered.

With regards to the 2015-2016 academic year, LSRJ found that:
1) Thirteen percent of law schools, or 26 schools, are offering RRLJ courses. This is the second highest number since 2003.
2) Nine of those 26 schools are offering new RRLJ courses; and
3) Four of the nine schools are offering RRLJ courses for the first time ever.

Although most law students still lack the opportunity to take RRLJ courses at their schools, LSRJ is optimistic that the tireless advocacy of its chapters, alumni, and faculty will push more schools to prioritize the teaching of RRLJ issues.

Click here to download the 2015 Course Survey. 

Posted on Feb 17, 2016 - 11:20 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 - 01:21 PM

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 - 04:32 PM

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