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224.6 sec. 001 - Selected Topics in Reproductive Justice (Spring 2018)

Instructor: Jill E. Adams  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 1

    Course Start: January 11, 2018
    Course End: April 05, 2018
    Class Number (1Ls): 40803
    Class Number: (Non-1Ls): 40803

    Enrollment info: Enrolled: 25
    Waitlisted: 0
    Enroll Limit: 28
    As of: 07/03 08:08 AM


    This course will cover a variety of timely issues related to the rights to have children, not to have children, and to parent the children one has with dignity and security. We will touch upon the history of the reproductive justice movement and reproductive rights jurisprudence, concentrating on State regulation, coercion, and punishment of the procreative choices of marginalized groups. The syllabus will include diverse forms of writing, such as case excerpts, advocacy materials, and multi-disciplinary scholarship. Past topics have included: forced sterilization, coercive contraception, welfare family caps, self-induced abortion, birth intervention, and public insurance coverage bans.

    Jill E. Adams, Esq., is the founding executive director of the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law, which bolsters law and policy advocacy efforts, furthers scholarship, and influences legal and social science discourse. She is also the founding chief strategist of the SIA Legal Team, which aims to ensure that people in the U.S. can end their own pregnancies with dignity, safe from the threat of arrest. Adams currently serves as vice president of the California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom, board member of Cambridge Reproductive Health Consultants, and steering committee member of the Coalition to Expand Access to Mifepristone. She is active on the advisory boards of Feminist Judgments Series: Rewritten Reproductive Justice (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming), Reproductive Justice Book Series (University of California Press, ongoing), If/When/How, Nursing Students for Sexual and Reproductive Health, and other organizations. Adams is executive editor of Cases on Reproductive Rights and Justice (Foundation Press, 2015), the first legal textbook on the subject, and co-author of “A Travesty of Justice: Revisiting Harris v. McRae”(William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law, 2014) and of “And Damned if They Don't: Prototype Theories to End Punitive Policies Against Pregnant People Living in Poverty” (Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law, 2017).

    This class will meet Jan. 11 and 25, Feb. 8 and 22, Mar. 8 and 22, and Apr. 5, 2018.


    Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend in order not to be dropped.


    Exam Notes: (None) This course has no final (no exam, no paper, no trial or arguements).
    This is a credit only course
    Course Category: Social Justice and Public Interest

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