2017 Events

October 27, 2017 (Friday)

CRRJ @ 5: Unrivaled + Undaunted

Celebrating 5 Years of Advancing Reproductive Rights and Justice

8:30 am-6:00 pm | UC Berkeley campus

Free and open to the public
Wheelchair accessible
Children with adult supervision welcome to attend
MCLE credit approval pending

Join us for a full day of presentations and conversations about some of the most complex and compelling reproductive rights and justice issues of the day.  Hear from leading experts in academia and advocacy speak about efforts to restore insurance coverage for abortion, abolish welfare family caps, and halt the criminalization of self-induced abortion.  Discuss trends and best practices for teaching reproductive rights and justice in law schools. End the day in the company of friends at a rooftop cocktail reception.  Mark your calendars and plan to attend CRRJ@5: Unrivaled + Undaunted!

Registration will close on Friday, October 20, 5 pm

For more information and registration, visit the CRRJ@5 website

October 14, 2017 (Saturday)

logo for new North American Forum on Family Planning

Presentation on “Safe, Legal and Delivered to your Mailbox:  the Changing Landscape of Self-Sourced Abortion”

Jill E. Adams, CRRJ Executive Director

North American Forum on Family Planning

Atlanta, GA

SFP’s annual meeting is part of the North American Forum on Family Planning, launched in 2011 and co-sponsored by SFP, Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), and the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP). This three-day meeting, along with the SFP pre-conference Career Development Seminar, is held each autumn in a different city. Session topics include new research and clinical practice issues related to contraception, abortion, STIs, sexuality, and how to translate the best evidence into clinical practice. SFP is the lead partner in managing the scientific program. 

October 10, 2017 (Tuesday)

Screening and panel discussion of “Birthright: A War Story”

Rialto Cinema Elmwood
2966 College Avenue (at Ashby), Berkeley | 7-9 pm

Director Civia Tamarkin to host Q&A following the screening


Birthright: A War Story is a feature-length documentary that examines how women are being jailed, physically violated, and even at risk of dying as a radical movement tightens its grip across America. The film tells the story of women who have become collateral damage in the aggressive campaign to take control of reproductive health care and to allow states, courts and religious doctrine to govern whether, when and how women will bear children. The documentary explores the accelerating gains of the crusade to overturn Roe v. Wade and the fallout that is creating a public health crisis, turning pregnant women into criminals and challenging the constitutional protections of every woman in America.

October 5, 2017 (Thursday)

Lawyer’s Role in Reproductive Freedom: Hearts and Minds, Law and Policy

Beth Parker
Chief Legal Counsel
Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California
12:45 pm2:00 pm | 170 Law Building
RSVP: goo.gl/YFk5AZ
Online RSVP closes at 5 pm on Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Co-sponsored with the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice
Join us as Beth Parker, Chief Legal Counsel of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, discusses the highs and lows of fighting for reproductive freedom in the courts, her experience handling 20+ reproductive justice cases, why the Trump administration wants to end a freedom that most American’s support, and the role of chief legal counsel in strategizing for an organization like Planned Parenthood.  
Beth Parker is Chief Legal Counsel of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California.  She received her law degree from Harvard Law School and graduated magna cum laude from Yale. Before joining PPAC, Parker was a partner at Arnold & Porter LLP in San Francisco. In 2004, she led the trial team in Planned Parenthood’s successful challenge to the first federal attempt to criminalize abortion since Roe v. Wade. From 1997-2000, she served as Director of Program & Litigation at Equal Rights Advocates.

October 4, 2017 (Wednesday)

Lunch talk by Jill E. Adams, CRRJ Executive Director

12:45-2:00 pm | 110 Law Building

Sponsored by If/When/How

Adams will discuss CRRJ’s strategic initiatives with a focus on halting the criminalization of non-clinical abortion.

August 16, 2017 (Wednesday)

HIV Is Not a Crime: The Present and Future of HIV Criminalization in California

Online Webinar Training
1:00-2:30 pm PT

1.5 MCLE credit available

Calling all advocates and supporters of people living with HIV in California! Please join us on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 1:00-2:30 pm PT for”HIV Is Not A Crime: The Present and Future of HIV Criminalization in California.”
Positive Women’s Network-USA, the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, and the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law have teamed up to present a discussion on the status of HIV criminalization in California. The training will review current HIV and communicable disease-related criminal laws and their disproportionate enforcement against women and communities of color. We will review up-to-date HIV science and public health considerations that advocates should know in order to support people facing or at risk of criminal charges based on HIV status. Finally, this training will explain important changes to the law that may be coming this year, and how this may impact people living with or vulnerable to HIV in our state.

Amira Hasenbush, JD, MPH
Jim Kepner Law and Policy Fellow, The Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law

Cammie Dodson, Esq.
If/When/How Reproductive Justice-HIV Fellow, Positive Women’s Network-USA

Register here: bit.ly/hiv-crim-ca

May 26, 2017 (Friday)

Webinar:  Decriminalizing Our Reproductive Lives: How Lawyers Can Promote Reproductive Justice and Serve Our Communities


Join us for this FREE webinar on reproductive justice with speakers from If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice, the Self-Induced Abortion (SIA) Legal Team, and the National Lawyers Guild!

Criminalization affects our reproductive lives. From punishment of pregnancy outcomes, to coerced sterilization of incarcerated people, to destruction of families through mass incarceration, communities who are marginalized and targeted for criminalization in the United States face challenges that are complex and often overlooked in discourse around reproductive freedom. The Reproductive Justice framework acknowledges that decisions that people make about their pregnancies and their families may be affected by the law in ways that go beyond the legal rights to contraception and abortion.

But the complexities of the challenges provide opportunities for creative lawyering in service of community needs. The panel will explore the intersection of criminalization and reproduction, and how the principles of community lawyering can help advance reproductive justice.  The panel will focus this inquiry using the example of self-induced abortion, an issue that has become more pressing as legislatures are emboldened to restrict access to clinic-based abortion. Abortion is a constitutionally protected right, and yet people have faced arrest, prosecution, and punishment for ending their own pregnancies. By discussing key laws and cases, panelists will identify obstacles and lay out a vision for law and policy strategies, and provide examples of lawyering that attempts to maintain accountability to community needs. 

  • Mariko Miki, JD, is Director of Academic & Professional Programs, If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice. Mariko provides vision, direction, and evaluation for multi-faceted projects in curriculum enrichment and professional training. Mariko also designs and directs the Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program, which places new lawyers with organizations across the country for a one-year policy fellowship to advance reproductive justice at the federal, state, and regional level. Mariko has served on the Board of Directors for Exhale Pro-Voice and was named a 2014 CoreAlign Generative Fellow.

  • Farah Diaz-Tello, JD, is a U.S. human rights attorney in service of reproductive justice, focusing in particular of the rights of pregnant and birthing people. She is Senior Counsel for the Self-Induced Abortion (SIA) Legal Team, where she works to ensure that people can end their own pregnancies outside of the formal medical system with dignity and without fear of arrest. Farah serves on the boards of All-Options and the Family Law Cannabis Alliance.

  • Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan, JD, is a human rights lawyer and President of the National Lawyers Guild, the oldest and largest progressive bar association in the country.  She is Associate Counsel at LatinoJustice PRLDEF, a national civil rights organization, she works with low-wage Latina immigrant workers seeking workplace justice and fair labor conditions and addresses the discriminatory targeting of Latinos in the criminal justice system. She has advocated before international and regional human rights bodies on issues including sexual violence in armed conflict, femicide, reproductive rights violations, hate crimes, as well as human rights violations in Vieques, Puerto Rico.

MARCH 26, 2017 (Sunday)

Pre-Show Panel and Discount Tickets to ROE at the Berkeley Rep

CRRJ, Berkeley Law, and the Berkeley Repertory Theatre are partnering for a very special performance of ROE on Sunday, March 26. Friends of CRRJ and members of the Berkeley Law community are eligible for 20% off tickets to the 7pm performance that night. (See below for instructions on purchasing discount tickets.)
The performance will be preceded by a free public panel discussion on Roe v. Wade, which will examine the historic case, what has transpired since, and what the future holds for reproductive rights and justice in today’s political climate.


Sunday, March 26, 2017 – 5 pm
Osher Studio
Berkeley Repertory Theatre
2055 Center Street, Berkeley
Free admission
Panelists include:
Melissa Murray, Interim Dean, Berkeley Law
Jill E. Adams, CRRJ Executive Director, Berkeley Law
Carole Joffe, Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, UC San Francisco


Sunday, March 26, 2017 – 7 pm
Roda Theatre
Berkeley Repertory Theatre
2055 Center Street, Berkeley
Roe v. Wade – the landmark 1973 case that legalized abortion – is still fiercely debated over 40 years later. In her newest play, acclaimed writer Lisa Loomer cuts through the headlines and rhetoric to reveal the divergent personal journeys of lawyer Sarah Weddington and plaintiff Norma McCorvey (“Jane Roe”) in the years following the fateful decision. In turns shocking, humorous, and poignant,ROE reflects the polarization in America today while illuminating the heart and passion each person has for their cause.

Your unique discount code is: BERKELEYLAW
1. Click here to buy tickets. Your code is automatically applied when you click the link.
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Entourage tickets are available online only by using the code above and are subject to availability. Berkeley Rep does not offer refunds or exchanges on tickets purchased without the code; offer is not available retroactively.

March 21, 2017 (Tuesday)

Free Screening of “The State of Eugenics” and Q&A with Filmmaker

5:00-7:00 pm | 100 Law Building

Hosted by Center for Genetics and Society

Please join us for a free screening of “The State of Eugenics,” the just-released film about the eugenic sterilization program that North Carolina ran between the 1930s and 1970s. The film documents how that long-forgotten program was brought back to light by researchers and journalists, resulting in a pitched political battle over compensating victims.

After the screening, there will be a Q&A with filmmaker Dawn Sinclair Shapiro and University of Michigan Professor Alexandra Minna Stern.

Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

February 22, 2017 (Wednesday)

Webinar: How We Can Support Women and Families By Repealing the State TANF Family Caps

11:00 am-12:00 pm PST


Register here for How We Can Support Women and Families By Repealing the State TANF Family Caps, taking place on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 11 am-12 pm PST.
Seventeen states deny Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash benefits to babies born while their families are receiving TANF aid. These laws are known as “family caps” and are intended to discourage families receiving cash assistance from having more children. Not only do these policies fail to support the decision to have children, but research shows they fail to meet their own population control aims. Instead, these caps hurt families who are struggling to make ends meet by driving them deeper into poverty.
The webinar will include:
▪    Background on why family caps were enacted
▪   Research showing what effect family caps have had
▪    Arguments for why family caps should be overturned
▪    Information about state coalitions that have worked to overturn family caps
▪    Advice on working with a coalition to overturn family caps in your state

List of speakers:
▪    Jill E. Adams, Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice
▪    Jessica Barthelow, Western Center on Law and Policy
▪    Anna Chu, National Women’s Law Center
▪    Elizabeth Lower-Basch, Center on Law and Social Policy
Hosted by the National Women’s Law Center and co-sponsored by CRRJ, the Center for Law and Social Policy, the National Diaper Bank Network, and the Western Center on Law and Poverty.

January 27, 2017 (Friday)

Counter Inauguration: Intersectional Solidarity in the Trump Era

9:00 am – 5:00 pm | Warren Room (295 Law Building)

Sponsored by the Henderson Center for Social Justice
Register here.

Join us for a series of dialogues featuring in-house and community experts about the principles we must embody, issues we must embrace, and actions we must consider to co-create and protect a vibrant, fact-based, inclusive democracy.
This Counter Inauguration runs all-day; you may register to attend all conversations or just those that interest you.

Lunch will be provided for those attending Panel IV and V. 

Space is limited.  All are welcome. 


9:05 am


  • Moderator: Jill Adams (Class of 2006), Executive Director, Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice
  • Jen Chou, Reproductive Justice Attorney, ACLU of Northern California
  • Jessica Stender (Class of 2009), Senior Staff Attorney, Equal Rights Advocates
10:15 am


    • Moderator: Leti Volpp, Robert D. and Leslie Kay Raven Professor of Law in Access to Justice, Berkeley Law
    • Nasrina Bargzie (Class of 2005), Staff Attorney, Asian Law Caucus
    • Hong Mei Pang, Immigration Program Manager, Chinese for Affirmative Action
    • Juan Prieto (Class of 2017, UC Berkeley), Berkeley Representative, UC Undocumented Student Coalition; and Berkeley Representative, Social Justice Collaborative
  • Linda Tam (Class of 2000), Director, Immigration Practice, East Bay Community Law Center 
  • Cecillia Wang, Director, ACLU Immigrants’ Right Project, ACLU of Northern California (invited)
11:30 am


11:35 am


  • Catherine Crump, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law; Acting Director, Samuelson Law, Technology and Public Policy Clinic; and Co-Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, Berkeley Law
  • James Dempsey, Executive Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, Berkeley Law
  • Nicole Ozer (Class of 2003), Technology and Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California
12:30 pm LUNCH
1:15 pm


  • Ethan Elkind, Director, Climate Program, Center for Law, Energy & the Environment, Berkeley Law
  • Faris Natour, Lecturer and Director, Human Rights & Business Initiative, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
  • Ana Vohryzek, Clinical Teaching Fellow, Environmental Law Clinic, Berkeley Law
2:15 pm


  • Dia Penning, Director, Curriculum & Education, World Trust
  • Savala Trepczynski (Class of 2011), Executive Director, Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice
3:30 pm



  • Moderator: Jonathan Simon (Class of 1987), Adrian A. Kragen Professor of Law; and Director, Center for the Study of Law and Society, Berkeley Law
  • Kitty Calavita, Chancellor’s Professor Emerita of Criminology, Law and Society, UC Irvine; and Distinguished Affiliated Scholar, Center for the Study of Law and Society, UC Berkeley
  • Tony Platt, Distinguished Affiliated Scholar, Center for the Study of Law and Society, UC Berkeley
  • Tirien Steinbach (Class of 1999), Executive Director, East Bay Community Law Center
4:45 pm



January 25, 2017 (Wednesday)

panel-3The Future of Reproductive Justice Under Trump

12:45-2:00 pm | 110 Law Building
Following the Trump inauguration, join If/When/How’s Berkeley chapter for a panel discussion on the future of reproductive justice under the Trump administration. Topics will include: abortion access, criminal justice reform, the expansion of religious exemptions, anticipated state policy changes, and more.
Lunch provided.

Elizabeth Gill, Senior Staff Attorney at the ACLU of Northern California
Imani Gandy, Senior Legal Analyst at Rewire
Jill Adams, Executive Director of the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice

Co-sponsored by If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice, the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice, the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law and Justice, and the Boalt Hall Women’s Association