Welcome to the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice (CRRJ), a multidisciplinary research center dedicated to issues of reproduction and designed to supportpolicy solutions by connecting people and ideas across the academic-advocate divide.  We have been thrilled by the wide-ranging interest and enthusiasm expressed about CRRJ (pronounced “courage”) since its recent launch.  As a lean operation still in its infancy, CRRJ can accept only a fraction of the invitations and offers it receives to collaborate and participate in various endeavors.  At this stage in our development, we must concentrate on building a strong and stable foundation from which to grow.  With that in mind, we have been focusing inward – clarifying our vision, assessing our resources, establishing our systems, and solidifying our existing programs.  Now we are turning our attention outward – building bridges, gathering input, and inviting support.  If you would like to support our efforts as an investor or volunteer, please email us at reprojustice@law.berkeley.edu.  If you would like to stay informed about our progress and pursuits, sign up for our newsletter here.     


Now Accepting Applications for Legal Research Assistant

CRRJ is currently seeking a law student to work for approximately 10 hours per week from August 2014 to May 2015.  The student will contribute to multiple ongoing projects, including indexing content for a comprehensive teaching textbook; reading scholarly articles and writing annotations for an interactive, virtual bibliography; and researching, reading, excerpting, and summarizing cases and articles for ongoing writing projects.  

Qualifications include:  at least one year of law school, familiarity with reproductive rights law and justice, strong written and oral communication skills, excellent research skills, task management, and self-guidance.  Workstudy funding would be ideal, but not required.   To apply for the position, please forward a resume, cover letter, and references to Elaine Mui, Center Administrator at emui@law.berkeley.edu. 

RJ Virtual Library 

CRRJ has opened the doors of the Reproductive Justice Virtual Library – an online, searchable catalog of annotated sources illuminating the foundations and growing edges of the reproductive justice framework.  Written in accessible language with links to authors and organizations, the library will serve advocates, academics, media, and the general public.  The collection, carefully curated by Dr. Elena Gutierrez with input from members of the RJ community, will include scholarship from law and the social sciences, as well as reports and other substantive advocacy materials from organizations. Enter here.

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.

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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