Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice


IMG_0353-2Welcome 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  If you would like to stay informed about our progress and pursuits, sign up for our newsletter here.


Patel v. Indiana and Reproductive Justice Webinar

On Tuesday, November 17th, a webinar discussion was held on on Purvi Patel’s case and its effects on Asian American and Pacific Islander women and girls, reproductive justice, and public health.  The discussion included next steps in Purvi’s case and resources in the state of Indiana for pregnant people. Webinar presenters included: Miriam Yeung, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum; Jill E. Adams, CRRJ, Sara Ainsworth, National Advocates for Pregnant Women; Shelly Dodson, Backline.

For the webinar flyer, click here.
For the webinar video, click here.


CRRJ Attorneys Author Pioneering Brief in Landmark Trial

Purvi Patel is serving a 20-year sentence in Indiana for ending her own pregnancy without medical supervision. In support of her appeal, CRRJ Executive Director Jill E. Adams and Affiliated Attorneys Melissa Mikesell and Wendy Fu authored a brief with Shivana Jorawar of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum on behalf of 30 reproductive justice organizations. In it, they explain how criminalizing the only method of abortion available to many people has the effect of prohibiting exercise of the right altogether and fosters a culture of surveillance and suspicion of pregnant people, which disproportionately impacts immigrants, poor people, and communities of color. For the article at Berkeley Law, click here.

Jill E. Adams featured in San Francisco Magazine’s Annual The Women in Power Issue

In the December 2015 issue of San Francisco Magazine, CRRJ Executive Director Jill E. Adams stands among 37 Soldiers of Social Change in a photo essay, which hich features leaders from movements for Reproductive Justice, Black Lives Matter, Diversity in Tech, Transgender Rights, and Housing and Tenant Protection.  “And if we are a society at war with itself, those pictured here are the battle-hardened commanders on the front lines,” the authors write.  “‘Our plans are unapologetically ambitious. I wouldn’t have it any other way,’ Jill Adams says of the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law. Aptly pronounced “courage,” CRRJ focuses on public support for low-income reproductive rights. Equal parts strategist, author, lawyer, and lecturer, Adams says she’s in the movement for the long haul. ‘I’m comfortable setting 30-year goals, knowing I’ll be around to see them through to the end,’ she says.” 

Faculty Leadership Transition at CRRJ

CRRJ is thrilled to announce that Prof. Melissa Murray has taken the helm as its second Faculty Director. “I’m excited to continue helping to advance CRRJ’s mission and deepen its impact at the law school, in the community, and throughout the movement for reproductive rights and justice,” she says. Murray succeeds Prof. Kristin Luker, who co-founded the Center with Executive Director Jill E. Adams in 2012, and will continue to contribute to its direction beyond her retirement this past spring. Luker says, “I can’t  imagine a better person to take over the Center than Melissa Murray. She’s an outstanding scholar and innovative thinker, and will take the Center in new and exciting directions.” For Berkeley Law’s announcement, click here.

Groundbreaking Casebook Making Headlines

Melissa Murray and Kristin Luker featured discuss their groundbreaking casebook in “Pioneering Pages: A Center Makes Its Mark” (Transcript). To view, please go to page 19.


Reproductive Justice Working Group – Spring 2016

CRRJ’s Working Group is a facilitated bi-weekly interdisciplinary meeting of students, researchers, faculty, and community members deepen their understanding of reproductive justice and develop practical ideas for integrating it into their research and practice.  Sessions begin in Mid-January 2016.  Please check back for dates.  Please email for more information. 

Now accepting applications for On-site and Remote 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 2016 spring and summer semester. For the Berkeley Law job announcement, please click here. For the remote position job announcement, please click here. For the summer position job announcement, click here.

CRRJ Co-Sponsoring Writing Prize

CRRJ, Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ), and Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) invite submissions for the eleventh annual Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights. Deadline January 18, 2016.

Click here for the call for submissions.