The Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at UC Berkeley School of Law (CRRJ) propels law and policy solutions by connecting people and ideas across the academic-advocate divide. We seek 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.
We do not receive funding from the school and must raise 100% of our budget externally.
As the first think tank of its kind, CRRJ serves as a resource, liaison, and partner to reproductive rights and justice organizations throughout the country. The center provides a physical, intellectual, and virtual hub where advocates and scholars find community, cross-pollinate ideas, and collaborate on projects. We translate and distribute our work to reach various audiences. Many of our programs nurture a new generation of thought leaders who will cast wide influence over decisions, institutions, and systems for decades to come.
Here are just a few examples of our recent contributions:
• Litigation support – authored amicus brief on behalf of 30 RJ organizations in support of Purvi Patel whose conviction was overturned in 2016
• Policy advocacy – published non-partisan policy analyses that contributed to the budgetary repeal of California’s welfare family cap in 2016
• Legal education – authored and edited the first law school textbook on reproductive rights and justice issues published in 2014
• Convenings – brought together 1200 activists, academics, students, and community members since 2012
• Virtual library – curated the first online collection of RJ resources launched in 2013 and expanded in 2016