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.     


Spring Student Administrative Assistant Work-Study Position

CRRJ is accepting applications for work-study students for spring semester 2015.  Ideal candidates will be able to spend at least eight (preferably more) hours per week providing administrative assistance and support to multiple ongoing projects. Qualifications include: strong written and oral communication skills, research skills, task management, self-guidance, and previous work or internship experience.  Familiarity with reproductive rights and justice a plus.

Interested applicants are invited to email their resumes, references, and cover letters to Elaine Mui, Center Administrator, at emui@law.berkeley.edu.  Cover letters should indicate availability (dates, days, and hours per week) and explain relevant skills and experiences as they relate to the Center's mission and programs.   Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Workshop on the Future of Reproduction

CRRJ Faculty Director Kristin Luker will be instructing a Workshop on the Future of Reproduction this spring semester.  The workshop examines emerging legal issues surrounding a range of sexual and reproductive issues. We will examine surrogacy, the "new parenthood," and, of course abortion and contraception.

For additional information, click here.


CRRJ Wins Bright Spot Award

CRRJ was selected as one of three non-profit organizations to win the 2014 Bright Spot Award from the Quixote Foundation.  The recognition is accompanied by an unsolicited grant and given to organizations “who support lifelong access to compassionate reproductive health care that respects autonomy, safeguards physical and mental well-being, and supports informed decisions.”  For more information on the award, click here.

CRRJ Researcher Wins Elite Student-Athlete Scholarship

Kathleen Messinger, student researcher at CRRJ and goalkeeper for Cal women’s soccer team, wins an Oscar Geballe Postgraduate Scholarship.  Inspired by her experiences at CRRJ, she plans to use the scholarship to attend law school and pursue a career in reproductive rights advocacy.  Read more about her journey here.

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.


The Roberts Court and Women  

On September 8th, CRRJ will convene a panel to discuss cases decided by the Roberts Court that have had a particularly profound impact on women, including Gonzalez v. Carhart, McCullen v. Coakley, and Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores from the previous term.  Join panelists Prof. Melissa Murray (Berkeley Law), Beth Parker (Planned Parenthood Affil. of CA), Dipti Singh (National Health Law Program, and moderator Jill Adams ’06 (CRRJ).  Event is free and wheelchair accessible.  Light refreshments will be served. The event will be held at 12:45 - 2:00 PM in 170 Boalt Hall, Koret Room, at Berkeley Law. Cosponsors include Berkeley American Constitution Society and Berkeley Law Students for Reproductive Justice, California Law Review, Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice and Women of Color Collective at Berkeley Law.

Reproductive Rights Law & Policy at Alumni Weekend

On September 20th, CRRJ will present “Trends, TRAPs, Trials, and Triumphs in the 2010s,”a dynamic discussion on law and policy related to reproductive rights and the cultural and political shifts undergirding them in.  Panelists, including Faculty Director Kristin Luker and Executive Director Jill E. Adams '06, will give an overview of mounting state-level restrictions on access to reproductive healthcare and the challenges brought against them. California and its proactive policymaking efforts will be highlighted, as will long-term strategies to realize rights for marginalized communities whose reproductive decisions have been forced, coerced, or denied. This program will provide one (1.0) Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit applied to the Areas of Professional Practice requirements.