Fall 2017

CRRJ Celebrates Five Years of Service

Over 100 students and stakeholders from the reproductive health, rights, and justice community gathered on campus on October 27 to connect with one another and explore multi-disciplinary issues on cutting-edge issues. CRRJ@5: Unrivaled + Undaunted marked the fifth anniversary of CRRJ with a daylong conference that featured lively and informative panels on Abolishing Welfare Family Caps; Teaching Reproductive Rights and Justice in Law Schools; Overturning Harris v McRae; and Halting the Criminalization of Self-Induced Abortion. The day began with CRRJ Executive Director Jill E. Adams leading a rousing call and response and ended with heartwarming toasts at a rooftop cocktail reception overlooking the San Francisco Bay.
Thank you to all of the speakers and participants who came from all over the country to make the day a wonderful success.
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Congratulations to the Courage Award Winners
The CRRJ@5 Conference was an opportunity for us to honor the contributions of several influential individuals and organizations.
COURAGE IN ACTIVISM AWARD Recipient: California Latinas for Reproductive Justice
 Presenter: Destiny Lopez   
(All Above All)

COURAGE IN SCHOLARSHIP AWARD Recipient: Prof. Michele Goodwin Presenter: Prof. Yvonne Lindgren


COURAGE IN LAWYERING AWARD Recipient: Dr. Richard Hearn Presenter: Farah Diaz-Tello
  COURAGE IN MENTORING AWARD Recipient: If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice
Presenters: Samantha Lachman  
and Maureen Stutzman  
Recipient:  Shira Saperstein
Presenter:  Jill E. Adams
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New Report from the SIA Legal Team  
The  SIA Legal Team, which CRRJ convenes, has just released its latest report, " Roe's Unfinished Promise: Decriminalizing Abortion Once and for All." The report paints the most complete picture to date of the criminalization of non-clinical abortion in the U.S. It describes how states put people who self-manage abortion in legal jeopardy and provides insights to challenge and repeal these antiquated and misapplied laws. The   report  includes:
  • A chart listing problematic laws state by state
  • Maps highlighting some of the places where people are at risk for unjustified arrest
  • Excerpts from relevant statutes
  • Case summaries
  • Theories to enhance protections and eliminate threats
  • Recommendations for people engaged in advocacy, organizing, and other efforts to ensure that people are able to end pregnancies with dignity and without fear of arrest.
Spring 2018 Classes Taught by CRRJ Faculty 
CRRJ Founding Faculty Director Kristin Luker, Jill E. Adams, and Affiliated Faculty Osagie Obasogie will be teaching classes related to reproduction in the Spring 2018 semster:

Luker -- Sex, Reproduction, and Society
Meeting Time: Monday 2:10-4:00 PM
Meeting Location: 2240 Piedmont

Adams -- Selected Topics in Reproductive Justice
Meeting Time: Thursday 8:00-9:50 AM
Meeting Location: 141 Boalt Hall

Obasogie --Advanced Topics in Jurisprudence: Human Reproductive and Genetic Technologies: Social, Ethical, and Legal Implications
Meeting Time: Wednesday 2:00-5:00 PM
Meeting Location: TBA
Coming Soon to the Reproductive Justice Virtual Library
Two new wings of the Virtual Library -- on welfare family caps and self-managed abortion -- will be coming soon.
Faculty Director Recognized
CRRJ Faculty Director Melissa Murray won the Outstanding Faculty  Award from If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice.  
Berkeley chapter leader Maureen Stutzman says: "Dean Murray is a superstar to anyone interested in reproductive justice and the law. She is deeply committed to teaching, mentoring, and encouraging her students. She is caring and funny but also a brilliant writer and researcher. There is no one more deserving of this award!"

Thank You to Our Stellar Students

We are grateful to the tremendous team of student researchers who have contributed to CRRJ's accomplishments throughout 2017. Enormous thanks to:

Caroline Chiappetti, Holly Firlein, and Emma Halling
Barbara Boktor, Sam Gerleman, and Kristin Sanders
Samantha Lachman and Maureen Stutzman