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. 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 Law Student Researchers

CRRJ seeks motivated, talented law students with a passion for reproductive justice to fill a limited number of research positions during the 2015 fall semester. Students holding this position will contribute to multiple ongoing projects that touch upon a variety of reproductive rights and justice issues, particularly those affecting poor and low-income people. Law Student Researchers will apply their knowledge and skills to uncover existing laws, policies, and regulations on state and federal levels. They will have opportunities to hone their writing skills through internal memoranda and, most likely, external publications. In the past, students holding these positions at CRRJ have contributed research, source support, and copyediting for various forms of scholarship and presentations. The position is for up to 24% FTE or 8-10 hours a week. Students may choose to earn course credit or pay. Students with work-study funding are preferred.

For the job announcement, please click here.


Reproductive Rights and Justice Casebook Launch & Signing
Friday, July 10, 2015
4:30-6:30 PM
Oakstop, 1721 Broadway, Suite 201, Oakland, CA

You are invited to attend the launch party for the first ever Reproductive Rights and Justice Casebook. It will be a night of drinking, eating, storytelling and book signing brought to you by CRRJ in partnership with Law Students for Reproductive Justice. Jill Adams and Mariko Miki will join authors Melissa Murray and Kristin Luker for an interview by Abbey Marr

Please RSVP here. Registration is requested by July 7th.


Transcript: Pioneering Pages: A Center Makes Its Mark

CRRJ Faculty Directors Melissa Murray and Kristin Luker featured in Transcript article for producing a groundbreaking textbook.  To view, please go to page 19.

California May Finally Overturn the Humiliating Law that Deprives Women of Financial Aid

Jill E. Adams quoted in Fusion article on the Maximum Family Grant Rule bill.   For the article, click here.

Privacy Should Arm the Many, Not Just Shield the Few

As Jill E. Adams authors piece for the American Constitution Society blog for the 50th Anniversary of Griswold v. Connecticut.  To view blog, click here.

CRRJ Executive Director Testifies against California’s Welfare Family Cap

On March 24th, Jill E. Adams testified before the Senate Human Services Committee in support of Senator Holly Mitchell’s SB 23, which would end the Maximum Family Grant Rule of CalWORKS.  View the hearing here.  To read more about the issue, read CRRJ’s brief here. To read more about the issue, read CRRJ’s brief here.

Griswold at 50:  The Roads not Taken and the Paths Ahead
March 30th at 12:30-2:00 PM
Warren Room, Boalt Hall

Fifty years ago, the Supreme Court decided Griswold v. Connecticut, famously articulating the right to privacy. But what preceded Griswold? And what opportunities and arguments were surrendered in Griswold’s embrace of privacy? In this lunchtime talk, Professor Melissa Murray discusses the pre-Griswold landscape, the decision, and its implications for the future of reproductive rights and justice. Cosponsored by the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice, the Berkeley Chapter of Law Students For Reproductive Justice, the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law, and Justice and the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice. For facebook event link, click here. Lunch will be provided.

CRRJ Faculty Directors Author Groundbreaking Textbook on Reproductive Rights and Justice

CRRJ celebrates Faculty Directors Melissa Murray and Kristin Luker for co-authoring the first legal textbook to address reproductive rights and justice issues in a comprehensive manner, marking the contours of the subject and providing a framework for instruction. The casebook aims to meet the demands of a previously untapped market and prompt an increase in reproductive rights and justice courses on law school campuses throughout the country.  Buy your copy of Cases on Reproductive Rights and Justice from Foundation Press at a 20% discount using the code:  MURRAY2015.  Read more about this groundbreaking casebook in our press release, as well as on the ACS blog, Berkeley Law homepage, RH Reality Check, Colorlines, and LA Times.

New Article about Harris v. McRae

Every January 22nd, pundits, politicians, and advocates heap praise and scorn upon one of the most (in)famous cases in U.S. Supreme Court history:  Roe v. Wade.  Sadly, nowhere near the same amount of attention or scrutiny applies to another important abortion rights case called Harris v. McRae, the 1980 U.S. Supreme Court case that upheld the constitutionality of the Hyde Amendment in an opinion that was more strongly contested and narrowly decided than Roe.  CRRJ Executive Director Jill E. Adams and RHTP Executive Director Jessica Arons take McRae to task for the various ways it betrayed Roe and its promise to protect the liberty, equality, and dignity of all pregnant women in “A Travesty of Justice:  Revisiting Harris v. McRae” in the latest edition of William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law.

No time to read the full article?  Get the gist by reading the co-authors’ blog at Ms.