In January 2003 reproductive rights were only vaguely present or vanishing completely from the coursework, conversations, and campus activism taking place at law schools throughout the United States. Only a handful of schools offered elective courses in reproductive rights law, and coverage in other courses was often deficient. An even smaller number of schools had student organizations dedicated to reproductive health advocacy or staff who could connect interested students to legal leaders in the field. That winter a recent law school graduate named Cari Sietstra set out to provide law students with the much-needed learning, training, and networking opportunities she had lacked while in school. Her efforts have evolved into a powerful nonprofit network of law students, professors, and lawyers committed to reshaping the law school experience and guaranteeing the future of reproductive justice by preparing those who will pursue and protect it for generations to come.
LSRJ has made an indelible impact on legal education and reproductive justice organizing. Since its founding, LSRJ has:
Today, thanks to LSRJ’s dedicated members, staff, and supporters, reproductive rights are reappearing on law school campuses across the U.S. with renewed vitality and reassuring promise.