October 27, 2017 (Friday)
8:30 am-6:00 pm | UC Berkeley campus
Free and open to the public
Children with adult supervision welcome to attend
MCLE credit approval pending
Join us for a full day of presentations and conversations about some of the most complex and compelling reproductive rights and justice issues of the day. Hear from leading experts in academia and advocacy speak about efforts to restore insurance coverage for abortion, abolish welfare family caps, and halt the criminalization of self-induced abortion. Discuss trends and best practices for teaching reproductive rights and justice in law schools. End the day in the company of friends at a rooftop cocktail reception. Mark your calendars and plan to attend CRRJ@5: Unrivaled + Undaunted!
For more information and registration, visit the CRRJ@5 website.
November 8, 2017 (Wednesday)
Presentation on “Self-Source Abortion: Building the Scaffolding, Bearing the Shields — The Work of Lawyers in Supporting Self-Induced Abortion”
American Public Health Association Annual Meeting
Georgia World Congress Center and the Omni Hotel Atlanta at CNN Center
Self-induced abortion is as old as pregnancy itself: resourceful people throughout the world have been finding ways to control their fertility and end untimely pregnancies. Recent improvements in information sharing and new medications have made self-induction safer than it has ever been. But as the threats posed by dangerous methods wane, another threat has emerged: punitive state responses to people who end their own pregnancies. Brazen legislators have pushed an unprecedented deluge of abortion restrictions, emboldening impetuous prosecutors to punish people believed to have ended their own pregnancies after running out of other options. Recent arrests have led to homicide and other criminal charges with juries sentencing women to decades behind bars. The threat looms most heavily over communities of color and people in poverty, who are more likely to lack meaningful access to clinic-based care and more likely to come under scrutiny by police or social service agencies. Growing anti-immigrant sentiment and the widening net for deportations means that even people who escape prosecution may face other devastating civil penalties. In this increasingly dangerous environment, there is ample work for attorneys to do: from delivering Roe v. Wade’s unfinished promise of abortion decriminalization to developing cutting-edge arguments that support direct access to medications. The SIA Legal Team, a consortium that uses law and policy tools to ensure that people can end their pregnancies outside of the formal medical system with dignity and without fear of arrest, is blazing this trail. This presentation will discuss urgent legal needs and the SIA Legal Team’s bold strategies for addressing them – to advance a vision of a future in which everyone can access abortion care with the method, timing, and setting that is right for them.
For more information, consult the APHA Annual Meeting website.
October 10, 2017 (Tuesday)
Screening and panel discussion of “Birthright: A War Story”
From the “Birthright: A War Story” website:
“Birthright: A War Story is a feature-length documentary that examines how women are being jailed, physically violated and even put at risk of dying as a radical movement tightens its grip across America. The film tells the story of women who have become collateral damage in the aggressive campaign to take control of reproductive health care and to allow states, courts and religious doctrine to govern whether, when and how women will bear children. The documentary explores the accelerating gains of the crusade to control pregnant women and the fallout that is creating a public health crisis, turning pregnant women into criminals and challenging the constitutional protections of every woman in America. This is the real-life ‘Handmaid’s Tale.'”
October 5, 2017 (Thursday)
Lawyer’s Role in Reproductive Freedom: Hearts and Minds, Law and Policy
Online RSVP closes at 5 pm on Tuesday, October 3, 2017
October 4, 2017 (Wednesday)
12:45-2:00 pm | 141 Boalt Hall
Sponsored by If/When/How
August 16, 2017 (Wednesday)
Online Webinar Training
1:00-2:30 pm PT
1.5 MCLE credit available
Amira Hasenbush, JD, MPH
Jim Kepner Law and Policy Fellow, The Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law
Cammie Dodson, Esq.
If/When/How Reproductive Justice-HIV Fellow, Positive Women’s Network-USA
May 26, 2017 (Friday)
Webinar: Decriminalizing Our Reproductive Lives: How Lawyers Can Promote Reproductive Justice and Serve Our Communities
Join us for this FREE webinar on reproductive justice with speakers from If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice, the Self-Induced Abortion (SIA) Legal Team, and the National Lawyers Guild!
Criminalization affects our reproductive lives. From punishment of pregnancy outcomes, to coerced sterilization of incarcerated people, to destruction of families through mass incarceration, communities who are marginalized and targeted for criminalization in the United States face challenges that are complex and often overlooked in discourse around reproductive freedom. The Reproductive Justice framework acknowledges that decisions that people make about their pregnancies and their families may be affected by the law in ways that go beyond the legal rights to contraception and abortion.
But the complexities of the challenges provide opportunities for creative lawyering in service of community needs. The panel will explore the intersection of criminalization and reproduction, and how the principles of community lawyering can help advance reproductive justice. The panel will focus this inquiry using the example of self-induced abortion, an issue that has become more pressing as legislatures are emboldened to restrict access to clinic-based abortion. Abortion is a constitutionally protected right, and yet people have faced arrest, prosecution, and punishment for ending their own pregnancies. By discussing key laws and cases, panelists will identify obstacles and lay out a vision for law and policy strategies, and provide examples of lawyering that attempts to maintain accountability to community needs.
Mariko Miki, JD, is Director of Academic & Professional Programs, If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice. Mariko provides vision, direction, and evaluation for multi-faceted projects in curriculum enrichment and professional training. Mariko also designs and directs the Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program, which places new lawyers with organizations across the country for a one-year policy fellowship to advance reproductive justice at the federal, state, and regional level. Mariko has served on the Board of Directors for Exhale Pro-Voice and was named a 2014 CoreAlign Generative Fellow.
Farah Diaz-Tello, JD, is a U.S. human rights attorney in service of reproductive justice, focusing in particular of the rights of pregnant and birthing people. She is Senior Counsel for the Self-Induced Abortion (SIA) Legal Team, where she works to ensure that people can end their own pregnancies outside of the formal medical system with dignity and without fear of arrest. Farah serves on the boards of All-Options and the Family Law Cannabis Alliance.
- Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan, JD, is a human rights lawyer and President of the National Lawyers Guild, the oldest and largest progressive bar association in the country. She is Associate Counsel at LatinoJustice PRLDEF, a national civil rights organization, she works with low-wage Latina immigrant workers seeking workplace justice and fair labor conditions and addresses the discriminatory targeting of Latinos in the criminal justice system. She has advocated before international and regional human rights bodies on issues including sexual violence in armed conflict, femicide, reproductive rights violations, hate crimes, as well as human rights violations in Vieques, Puerto Rico.
MARCH 26, 2017 (Sunday)
Pre-Show Panel and Discount Tickets to ROE at the Berkeley Rep
CRRJ, Berkeley Law, and the Berkeley Repertory Theatre are partnering for a very special performance of ROE on Sunday, March 26. Friends of CRRJ and members of the Berkeley Law community are eligible for 20% off tickets to the 7pm performance that night. (See below for instructions on purchasing discount tickets.)
The performance will be preceded by a free public panel discussion on Roe v. Wade, which will examine the historic case, what has transpired since, and what the future holds for reproductive rights and justice in today’s political climate.
PUBLIC PANEL DISCUSSION ON ROE V. WADE
Sunday, March 26, 2017 – 5 pm
Berkeley Repertory Theatre
2055 Center Street, Berkeley
Melissa Murray, Interim Dean, Berkeley Law
Jill E. Adams, CRRJ Executive Director, Berkeley Law
Carole Joffe, Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, UC San Francisco
BERKELEY REP’S PRODUCTION OF “ROE” BY LISA LOOMER
Sunday, March 26, 2017 – 7 pm
Berkeley Repertory Theatre
2055 Center Street, Berkeley
Roe v. Wade – the landmark 1973 case that legalized abortion – is still fiercely debated over 40 years later. In her newest play, acclaimed writer Lisa Loomer cuts through the headlines and rhetoric to reveal the divergent personal journeys of lawyer Sarah Weddington and plaintiff Norma McCorvey (“Jane Roe”) in the years following the fateful decision. In turns shocking, humorous, and poignant,ROE reflects the polarization in America today while illuminating the heart and passion each person has for their cause.
HOW TO PURCHASE 20% OFF TICKETS TO THE SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 7PM PERFORMANCE:
Your unique discount code is: BERKELEYLAW
1. Click here to buy tickets. Your code is automatically applied when you click the link.
2. Select the above date from the calendar. Choose the seats you would like from the seating map.
3. Once you’ve selected your seats, select the “Entourage Regular” price type. If you don’t see this option, stop! Try again or call the box office for help at 510 647-2949.
Entourage tickets are available online only by using the code above and are subject to availability. Berkeley Rep does not offer refunds or exchanges on tickets purchased without the code; offer is not available retroactively.
March 21, 2017 (Tuesday)
5:00-7:00 pm | 100 Boalt Hall
Hosted by Center for Genetics and Society
Please join us for a free screening of “The State of Eugenics,” the just-released film about the eugenic sterilization program that North Carolina ran between the 1930s and 1970s. The film documents how that long-forgotten program was brought back to light by researchers and journalists, resulting in a pitched political battle over compensating victims.
After the screening, there will be a Q&A with filmmaker Dawn Sinclair Shapiro and University of Michigan Professor Alexandra Minna Stern.
Pizza and refreshments will be provided.
February 22, 2017 (Wednesday)
Webinar: How We Can Support Women and Families By Repealing the State TANF Family Caps
11:00 am-12:00 pm PST
Register here for How We Can Support Women and Families By Repealing the State TANF Family Caps, taking place on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 11 am-12 pm PST.
Seventeen states deny Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash benefits to babies born while their families are receiving TANF aid. These laws are known as “family caps” and are intended to discourage families receiving cash assistance from having more children. Not only do these policies fail to support the decision to have children, but research shows they fail to meet their own population control aims. Instead, these caps hurt families who are struggling to make ends meet by driving them deeper into poverty.
The webinar will include:
▪ Background on why family caps were enacted
▪ Research showing what effect family caps have had
▪ Arguments for why family caps should be overturned
▪ Information about state coalitions that have worked to overturn family caps
▪ Advice on working with a coalition to overturn family caps in your state
List of speakers:
▪ Jill E. Adams, Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice
▪ Jessica Barthelow, Western Center on Law and Policy
▪ Anna Chu, National Women’s Law Center
▪ Elizabeth Lower-Basch, Center on Law and Social Policy
Hosted by the National Women’s Law Center and co-sponsored by CRRJ, the Center for Law and Social Policy, the National Diaper Bank Network, and the Western Center on Law and Poverty.
January 27, 2017 (Friday)
Counter Inauguration: Intersectional Solidarity in the Trump Era
9:00 am – 5:00 pm | Warren Room (295 Boalt Hall)
Lunch will be provided for those attending Panel IV and V.
Space is limited. All are welcome.
|8:30 am||REGISTRATION & COFFEE/TEA SERVICE|
|9:00 am||WELCOME & INTRODUCTION|
PANEL I: GENDER, SEXUAL, AND REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE
PANEL II: IMMIGRATION REALITIES ON THE GROUND
PANEL III: DOMESTIC SURVEILLANCE
PANEL IV: MONITORING THE ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL, AND GOVERNANCE IMPACTS OF BUSINESS IN THE TRUMP ERA
PANEL V: RACE AFTER TRUMP
|3:45 pm||PANEL VI: THE CRISIS OF THE US CARCERAL STATE: THE PATH OF REFORM IN THE OBAMA-TRUMP TRANSITION ERA
January 25, 2017 (Wednesday)
Elizabeth Gill, Senior Staff Attorney at the ACLU of Northern California
Imani Gandy, Senior Legal Analyst at Rewire
Jill Adams, Executive Director of the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice