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.     


Conversations on Reproductive Justice

Wednesday, April 9th
4:00 - 6:30 PM
370 Dwinelle Hall

What is reproductive justice (RJ)?  What challenges has the RJ movement faced in the last 20 years? Where is it likely to go in the next 20 years? Approaching the 20th anniversary of the coining of “reproductive justice,” we hope the Conversations will provide an opportunity for campus and community members to learn about the exciting ways RJ enters our lives, explore some of the most pressing dilemmas, and meet others interested in advancing the cause.

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Summer Legal Internships

CRRJ is accepting applications for a full-time legal intern for summer 2014. This person(s) will be an integral part of the team creating the first Reproductive Rights and Justice casebook, authored by Professors Melissa Murray and Kristin Luker. The intern will gain experience in legal research, writing, and editing for an academic and social justice context through work on the casebook and other legal scholarship.

Ideal candidates will be rising second- or third-year law students with law journal/review experience and excellent Bluebook skills, organizational skills with a meticulous eye for detail, strong written and oral communication skills, research skills, task management, and self-guidance. Familiarity with reproductive rights and justice is a plus.

Interested applicants are invited to email their resumes, 2-3 references, and cover letters to Elaine Mui, Center Administrator, at emui@law.berkeley.edu.  Cover letters should explain relevant skills and experiences as they relate to the Center's mission and programs.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


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.

Melissa Murray Receives Berkeley Law's 2014 Rutter Award for Teaching Distinction

The Rutter Award was established at the law school in 1995 by William Rutter, and honors a law professor who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to teaching. William Rutter was a philanthropist, lawyer, educator, and author who was a member of the legal profession for more than 50 years. He believed it was important to invest in teaching. He created the Rutter fund to support and celebrate high quality teaching given the importance to the legal profession. The selection of the Rutter Award recipients is based on student evaluations.

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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CRRJ Director Named Among Top Feminists

Jill E. Adams was named as one of ten top young feminists in CNN.com opinion piece, “Millennial Women are Leaning in and Stepping Up.”

Guide to Starting your own RJ Working Group

In response to requests from colleagues outside the Bay Area, we’ve captured stories, lessons, and tips from the RJWG’s inaugural year in a guide to help others start their own working groups.  Download a free copy here.  

Literature Review on Reproductive Justice

Want to learn more about reproductive justice? Check out Zakiya Luna’s and Kristin Luker’s review article in the latest issue of the Annual Review of Law and the Social Sciences. Download your free copy here.

RJ Virtual Library

CRRJ is preparing to launch Phase 1 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.