Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice


Welcome to the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice, a multidisciplinary research center dedicated to issues of reproduction and designed to support law and policy solutions by bridging the academic-advocate divide.

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CRRJ Welcomes Rachel Johnson-Farias As Its New Director!

johnson-farias_rachelThe Center on Reproductive Rights & Justice is thrilled to welcome Rachel Johnson-Farias back to Berkeley Law. Rachel has dedicated her legal career to making the law more accessible to low-income people and communities of color. She graduated with honors from Occidental College and obtained a B.A. in Critical Theory and Social Justice. During her time at Berkeley Law, Rachel received the Francine Diaz Memorial Award for her commitment to social justice through legal services and advocacy. After law school Rachel was awarded an Equal Justice Works Fellowship to implement the Starting Over Strong (SOS) juvenile reentry program at the East Bay Community Law Center. Rachel’s prior experience in working with low-income clients and dedication to empowering youth helped her secure an Echoing Green Fellowship and J.M. Kaplan Fund Prize to create and launch Esq. Apprentice; a non-profit providing a debt-free path to law licensing for low-income people of color.

Rachel is an innovator. With years of public interest experience at the intersections of reproductive justice, criminal law, and economic development, Rachel is excited to honor and expand on CRRJ’s mission to realize reproductive rights and advance reproductive justice by influencing legal and social science discourse, furthering research and scholarship, and bolstering law and policy advocacy efforts.

Read an interview with Rachel here.

Rachel Johnson-Farias and Jill Adams


Judicial Strategy Externally Funded Fellow with the Center for Reproductive Rights

Organization: Center for Reproductive Rights

Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until a candidate has been interviewed and selected for sponsorship.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.  

The Role: The Judicial Strategy program of the Center for Reproductive Rights seeks to sponsor law students and lawyers to secure external funding for a one-year fellowship, to start in Fall 2019.  The Judicial Strategy program develops and implements non-litigation strategies to advance and protect reproductive rights jurisprudence, inside and outside the courts.  Projects include developing novel legal theories; amicus work; creating and promoting public narratives around reproductive rights jurisprudence; promoting cross-movement collaboration; and research and writing on a range of jurisprudential issues that inform the Center’s work.  Fellows will have opportunities to collaborate with other departments including Litigation, Policy, Human Rights, and Communications.

This position will be based in New York City.

Responsibilities: For project-based fellowships, the Judicial Strategy team of the will work with applicants to develop a proposal that meets fellowship requirements and is integrated with Judicial Strategy goals.  Applicants for externally fellowships that do not require a proposal are also welcome and would be assigned projects based on the team’s ongoing needs.   

  • Drafting memos and reports on jurisprudential issues
  • Assisting with amicus briefs
  • Writing for the public
  • Working on legal communications strategies
  • Legal research

For more information, visit the fellowship website here.


Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights

Deadline:  January 31, 2019

If/When/How, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice invite submissions for the 14th annual Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights.

The Sarah Weddington Writing Prize seeks student scholarship exploring reproductive rights and justice issues in the United States. The suggested theme for this year is “Democracy, Governance, and Reproductive Justice.” Drawing on case law and statutory interpretation, discuss the role of law in making reproductive justice a reality. Submissions might explore how voter disenfranchisement, administrative and judicial appointments, or other issues of civic engagement and governmental responsibility can be viewed through an intersectional, reproductive justice lens. All submissions on other reproductive rights and justice topics are welcomed.

Winning authors will receive cash prizes: $750 (1st place), $500 (2nd place), or $250 (3rd place), and a copy of the textbook, Cases on Reproductive Rights and Justice (Murray & Luker). The first-place winning submission will also be granted a “presumption of publishability” and receive expedited review by the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice.

For more information, see the call for submissions here.

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