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February 2014: Kristin Luker wins Yale University Wilbur Cross Medal
Kristin Luker, Elizabeth Josselyn Boalt Professor of Law and Professor of Sociology, and Faculty Director, Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice, has won the Wilbur Cross Medal from Yale University. The Cross Medal recognizes distinguished achievement in scholarship, teaching, academic administration, and public service, and has been awarded to a small number of outstanding Yale alumni.

February 6, 2014: Melissa Murray Receives Berkeley Law's 2014 Rutter Award for Teaching Distinction
The Rutter Award was established at the law school in 1995 by William Rutter, and honors a law professor who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to teaching. William Rutter was a philanthropist, lawyer, educator, and author who was a member of the legal profession for more than 50 years. He believed it was important to invest in teaching. He created the Rutter fund to support and celebrate high quality teaching given the importance to the legal profession. The selection of the Rutter Award recipients is based on student evaluations.

February 2014: Local Minister, Darcy Baxter, Chosen to Lead Reproductive Justice Working Group
CRRJ has appointed Reverend Darcy Baxter to lead its Reproductive Justice Working Group. Baxter is Director of Family Ministry at Starr King Unitarian Universalist Church in Hayward and sits on the national Unitarian Universalist Reproductive Justice Advisory Council. She participated in the working group throughout the 2012-13 academic year and will take the helm as facilitator for the spring 2014 term.

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December 13, 2013:  Jill E. Adams named as one of ten top young feminists in CNN.com opinion piece, “Millennial Women are Leaning in and Stepping Up.”

November 13, 2013:  Jill E. Adams represents CRRJ at the United States Capitol during All* Above All Hill Education Day focused on lifting bans on abortion insurance coverage, particularly for low-income women.

November 10, 2013:  Kristin Luker quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle, “California Questions Corporations' Religious Rights.”  Access to contraception is also part of "the politics of marriage," said Kristin Luker…. An employer's refusal to allow birth-control coverage for female employees amounts to "a symbolic statement (promoting) the idea that women should properly be at home with their families, that motherhood is the most important job for women," Luker said.

October 29, 2013:  Jill E. Adams quoted in The Wall Street Journal, “Top Court Looks at Law Curbing Drug-Induced Abortion.”  Adams said the United States Supreme Court’s decision whether to hear a case about an Oklahoma statute, considered by the state supreme court to unconstitutionally ban the use of medication abortion, will “send a very loud message about the future of similar state restrictions.”

September 29, 2013:  CRRJ and Visiting Researcher Dr. Elena Gutiérrez won Access to Justice Awards for high-impact research with “Bringing Families out of ‘Cap’tivity:  the Need to Repeal the CalWorks Maximum Family Grant Rule.”  The awards were presented by ACCESS Women’s Health Justice at its 20th anniversary celebration in Oakland.

June 20, 2013:  CRRJ featured in The Transcript, “A Reproductive Rights Center Is Born:  First-of-a-kind research hub forges collaborations with legal scholars, social scientists, advocates, and activists.” The article highlighted the founders’ academic-advocate partnership and the center’s silo-busting strategy.  “We won’t operate in an ivory tower,” Faculty Director Kristin Luker was quoted as saying.  “We’re aligning with people who work on these issues every day to identify areas ripe for scholarly inquiry, conduct research that uncovers reliable answers, and help policymakers determine if they’re asking the right questions.”

August 19, 2013:  Dr. Elena Gutiérrez was presented with an award from CRRJ for her exceptional commitment to the cause and service above and beyond the call of duty as Visiting Researcher. The award will be given annually in her name to one person who provides exceptional service to CRRJ and contributions to the reproductive rights and justice movement.

May 6, 2013:  The Williams Institute selects CRRJ Affiliated Faculty and Berkeley Law Professor Melissa Murray to receive Dukeminier Award and Michael Cunningham Prize for the best law review articles on sexual orientation and gender identity topics for “What's So New About the New Illegitimacy?,” 20 Am. U. J. Gender Soc. Pol'y L. 387 (2012). 


April 26, 2013:  CRRJ Writing Workshop participant Lauren Goldsmith (J.D. candidate ’13) wins Honorable Mention in eighth annual Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights for “Redefining Viability:  Why the State Must Ensure Viable Alternatives to Pregnancy and Motherhood.”  The writing prize is sponsored by Law Students for Reproductive Justice in collaboration with the Center for Reproductive Rights.

April 18, 2013:  CRRJ releases “Bringing Families out of ‘Cap’tivity:  the Need to Repeal the CalWORKs Maximum Family Grant Rule,” an issue brief related to AB 271 (Mitchell).

January 22, 2013:  The Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice (CRRJ) celebrated the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 1973 decision by helping to make real the promise of Roe v. Wade.  CRRJ Executive Director Jill E. Adams joined state leaders and other members of the California Women's Health Alliance to introduce AB 154, authored by Assemblymember Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), will expand the types of trained healthcare professionals who can provide abortions, thereby increasing access and improving care.   

From the Center for Reproductive Rights website  

October 15, 2012:  The Center is thrilled to announce the 2012-2013 Innovation in Scholarship Awardee will be Professor Kristin Luker. This year, the award will go to a sociologist for the first time. Professor Kristin Luker is the Faculty Director of the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice and the Elizabeth Josselyn Boalt Professor of Law and Professor of Sociology at UC Berkeley School of Law. She is the author of several books including Dubious Conceptions, published in 1995 and selected as New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She is currently at work on her fourth book, tentatively titled Bodies and Politics, about sex education controversies in the United States. Professor Luker has received several awards, including Ford and Guggenheim fellowships, a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship and the Outstanding Faculty Award from the Alumni Association of UCSD. In 1997 she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Professor Luker received her A.B. from UC Berkeley in 1968 and her Ph.D. from Yale University in 1974.

The CRR Innovation in Scholarship Award recognizes a distinguished scholar whose research advances the academy's understanding of health, women's rights, human rights, or constitutional law. Past award winners (Reva Siegel, Ali Miller and Carol Sanger) are women who have made significant contributions to the intellectual basis of their fields through years of dedicated research as scholars and leaders within the academy.