May 26, 2017

Webinar on “Decriminalizing Our Reproductive Lives: How Lawyers Can Promote Reproductive Justice and Serve Our Communities”

Friday, May 26 at 3 PM EST/ Noon PST 

Register now! Space is limited.

1 hour California MCLE credit pending

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

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.
Sunday, March 26, 2017 – 5 pm
Osher Studio
Berkeley Repertory Theatre
2055 Center Street, Berkeley
Free admission
Panelists include:
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
Sunday, March 26, 2017 – 7 pm
Roda Theatre
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.

Your unique discount code is: BERKELEYLAW
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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, 20176

Free Screening of “The State of Eugenics” and Q&A with Filmmaker

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

Webinar on “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

Counter Inauguration: Intersectional Solidarity in the Trump Era

9:00 am – 5:00 pm | Warren Room (295 Boalt Hall)

Sponsored by the Henderson Center for Social Justice
Register here.

Join us for a series of dialogues featuring in-house and community experts about the principles we must embody, issues we must embrace, and actions we must consider to co-create and protect a vibrant, fact-based, inclusive democracy.
This Counter Inauguration runs all-day; you may register to attend all conversations or just those that interest you.

Lunch will be provided for those attending Panel IV and V. 

Space is limited.  All are welcome. 


9:05 am


  • Moderator: Jill Adams (Class of 2006), Executive Director, Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice
  • Jen Chou, Reproductive Justice Attorney, ACLU of Northern California
  • Jessica Stender (Class of 2009), Senior Staff Attorney, Equal Rights Advocates
10:15 am


    • Moderator: Leti Volpp, Robert D. and Leslie Kay Raven Professor of Law in Access to Justice, Berkeley Law
    • Nasrina Bargzie (Class of 2005), Staff Attorney, Asian Law Caucus
    • Hong Mei Pang, Immigration Program Manager, Chinese for Affirmative Action
    • Juan Prieto (Class of 2017, UC Berkeley), Berkeley Representative, UC Undocumented Student Coalition; and Berkeley Representative, Social Justice Collaborative
  • Linda Tam (Class of 2000), Director, Immigration Practice, East Bay Community Law Center 
  • Cecillia Wang, Director, ACLU Immigrants’ Right Project, ACLU of Northern California (invited)
11:30 am


11:35 am


  • Catherine Crump, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law; Acting Director, Samuelson Law, Technology and Public Policy Clinic; and Co-Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, Berkeley Law
  • James Dempsey, Executive Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, Berkeley Law
  • Nicole Ozer (Class of 2003), Technology and Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California
12:30 pm LUNCH
1:15 pm


  • Ethan Elkind, Director, Climate Program, Center for Law, Energy & the Environment, Berkeley Law
  • Faris Natour, Lecturer and Director, Human Rights & Business Initiative, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
  • Ana Vohryzek, Clinical Teaching Fellow, Environmental Law Clinic, Berkeley Law
2:15 pm


  • Dia Penning, Director, Curriculum & Education, World Trust
  • Savala Trepczynski (Class of 2011), Executive Director, Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice
3:30 pm



  • Moderator: Jonathan Simon (Class of 1987), Adrian A. Kragen Professor of Law; and Director, Center for the Study of Law and Society, Berkeley Law
  • Kitty Calavita, Chancellor’s Professor Emerita of Criminology, Law and Society, UC Irvine; and Distinguished Affiliated Scholar, Center for the Study of Law and Society, UC Berkeley
  • Tony Platt, Distinguished Affiliated Scholar, Center for the Study of Law and Society, UC Berkeley
  • Tirien Steinbach (Class of 1999), Executive Director, East Bay Community Law Center
4:45 pm



January 25, 2017

panel-3The Future of Reproductive Justice Under Trump

12:45-2:00 pm | 110 Boalt Hall
Following the Trump inauguration, join If/When/How’s Berkeley chapter for a panel discussion on the future of reproductive justice under the Trump administration. Topics will include: abortion access, criminal justice reform, the expansion of religious exemptions, anticipated state policy changes, and more.
Lunch provided.

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

Co-sponsored by If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice, the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice, the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law and Justice, and the Boalt Hall Women’s Association

November 11, 2016

Jill E. Adams and Melissa Mikesell to speak at Symposium on Dismantling Reproductive Injustices: The Hyde Amendment & Criminalization of Self-Induced Abortion
Georgetown Law, Washington DC

The Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law has invited leading scholars and practitioners in the fields of reproductive justice, feminist jurisprudence, and queer legal theory to write and present on themes relating to the Hyde Amendment and self-induced abortion. In particular, speakers have been asked to focus on the intersections of access to reproductive healthcare and gender identity, poverty, race, ethnicity and culture. This event is co-sponsored by If/When/How and the O’Neill Institute

October 5, 2016

If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice Meeting with Jill Adams
Boalt Hall

Join Berkeley Law’s group of reproductive justice-minded students for their bi-weekly lunch meeting. Jill Adams, Executive Director of the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice, will talk about the Center’s pioneering reproductive justice work and legal careers in reproductive justice.

April 19, 2016

Trapped: What Remains of a Women’s Right to Choose?
Film Screening and Panel Discussion
The New Parkway Theater, Oakland, CA

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with filmmaker Dawn Porter, CRRJ Faculty Director and Berkeley Law Interim Dean Melissa Murray, CRRJ Executive Director Jill E. Adams, and Black Thought of the Legendary Roots Crew (a.k.a. The Roots).

Cosponsored by American Constitution Society – Bay Area Lawyer Chapter, Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice, and Law Students for Reproductive Justice  

April 1, 2016

Conference and Reception in honor of Professor Kristin Luker
Boalt Hall

Join us to honor CRRJ’s founding Faculty Director Kristin Luker and celebrate her influential body of work and achievements in the fields of Sociology, Jurisprudence and Social Policy.  The reception will follow a conference heralding Kristin’s body of work.

November 17, 2015

Patel v. Indiana and Reproductive Justice Webinar

Jill Adams on Purvi Patel Amici WebinarJoin us for a discussion on Purvi Patel’s case and its effects on Asian American and Pacific Islander women and girls, reproductive justice, and public health.  The webinar will also discuss next steps in Purvi’s case and resources in the state of Indiana for pregnant people. Webinar presenters include: 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.

September 10, 2015

Melissa Murray to moderate panel about Obergefell v. Hodges
6:00 – 8:00 PM | Warren Room (295 Boalt Hall)

Co-sponsored by California Law Review and the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy Berkeley student chapter

August 24, 2015

Kristin Luker receives Simon and Gagnon Lifetime Achievement Award
American Sociological Association, Chicago, IL 

The Simon and Gagnon Award honors career contributions to the study of sexualities as represented by a body of work or a single book.  This award commemorates decades of research and writing on sexualities by Professor William Simon (University of Houston) who died on July 21, 2000, and his longtime collaborator, Professor John Gagnon (SUNY-Stony Brook).

ASA 2015-ZakiyaLuna, Winddance Twine, Kristin Luker(winner), Carol Joffe

Jill Adams, Sen. Holly Mitchell, Frank Mecca, Jessica Bartholow at SB 23 Assembly Hearing MAugust 19, 2015

Assembly Appropriations Committee Hearing
Sacramento, CA

Jill E. Adams to testify with Senator Holly Mitchell and Frank Mecca (County Welfare Directors Association) about fiscal impacts of welfare family caps at Assembly Appropriations Committee Hearing on effort to repeal Maximum Family Grants Rule of CalWORKS program.

July 11, 2015

Jill E. Adams presents at LSRJ Leadership Institute on Harris vs. McRae
Jill Adams with Jess Arons at LSRJ LI 2015Oakland, CA

On July 11th Jill E. Adams presented on two panels at the Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) Leadership Institute, Justice Doesn’t Just Happen.  First, she and co-author Jessica Arons presented “A Travesty of Justice:  Revisiting Harris v. McRae” (William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law).  Second, she participated on a panel about reproductive justice issues in various forms of law practice.  


July 10,2015

Reproductive Rights and Justice Casebook Launch & Signing
Oakstop, Oakland, CA

On July 10th, CRRJ in co-sponsorship with Law Students for Reproductive Justice, celebrated the launch for the first ever Reproductive Rights and Justice Casebook.  Jill E. Adams and Mariko Miki joined authors Melissa Murray and Kristin Luker for an interview by Abbey Marr. The authors signed copies of the casebook, which were for sale.

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June 24, 2015

Dinner Conversations at AALS Mid-Year Convening
Orlando, FL

On June 24th, CRRJ hosted a dinner conversation about teaching reproductive rights and justice courses at AALS Mid-Year Convening in Orlando, Florida. Prof. Melissa Murray and Prof. Yvonne Lindgren discussed instruction and teaching resources with faculty from around the country.

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June 11, 2015

Jill Adams to speak at panel on “Using Hard Data to Back Real Wins”
United States Institute of Peace, Washington, DC

On  June 11th, Jill E. Adams presented on a panel entitled, “Using Hard Data to Back Real Wins” about proactive policy advocacy in California with Marisol Franco (CA Latinas for Reproductive Justice) and Diana Taylor (ANSIRH) at the Center for Reproductive Rights State Leadership Summit in Washington, DC. 

June 12, 2015

Melissa Murray to speak at American Constitution Society for Law and Policy’s National Convention
Washington, DCMurray and Dellinger ACS National Conf June 2015

On  June 12th, Melissa Murray presented on a panel about the undue burden standard in abortion jurisprudence at the American Constitution Society National Convention. Fellow panelists included Walter Dellinger (O’Melveny & Myers), Julie Rikelman (Center for Reproductive Rights), and Reva Siegel (Yale Law School).


June 5, 2015

National Network of Abortion Funds Summit
St. Louis, MO

Jill E. Adams presented a paper on Harris v. McRae at the National Network of Abortion Funds Summit
panel on “Political Context Report: Panel on State, Federal, International & Legal Updates.” Other panelists included:  Jessica Arons, Reproductive Health Technologies Project; Ravina Daphtary, All* Above All; Tiffany Pryor, Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health; Jamila Taylor, Ipas. Moderated by Megan Peterson, NNAF Deputy Director.

April 20, 2015

Social Justice at Berkeley Law with Center for Reproductive Rights and Justice
12:45 – 2:00 PM | 145 Boalt Hall

April 16, 2015

Jill E. Adams to deliver keynote address at 30th anniversary reception for Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice
6:00 PM | Steinhart Courtyard, Boalt Hall

March 30, 2015

Griswold at 50:  The Roads not Taken and the Paths Ahead
12:30-2:00 PM | Warren Room (295 Boalt Hall)

Fifty years ago, the Supreme Court decided Griswold v. Connecticut, famously articulating the right to privacy. But what preceded Griswold? And what opportunities and arguments were surrendered in Griswold’s embrace of privacy? In this lunchtime talk, Professor Melissa Murray discusses the pre-Griswold landscape, the decision, and its implications for the future of reproductive rights and justice.

Cosponsored by the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice, the Berkeley Chapter of Law Students For Reproductive Justice, the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law, and Justice, and the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice.

For Facebook event page, click here. Lunch will be provided.

March 24, 2015

Jill Adams Testifying at SB 23 HearingSenate Testimony by Jill Adams

Jill E. Adams testified before the Senate Human Services Committee in support of Senator Holly Mitchell’s SB 23, which would end the Maximum Family Grant Rule of CalWORKS.  View the hearing here

To read more about the issue, read CRRJ’s brief, click here.


March 17, 2015

American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, Bay Area Lawyer Chapter’s Sixth Annual Gala Reception — Griswold at 50: Reproductive Rights in Peril
Melissa Murray in conversation with Linda Greenhouse

Each year the Bay Area Lawyer Chapter recognizes leaders in the progressive community for their efforts in promoting and protecting our core constitutional values: liberty, justice and equality. In light of the 50th anniversary of Griswold v. Connecticut, we are proud to recognize this year’s honorees for their contributions in the field of reproductive rights and justice: Representative Jackie Speier, Law Students for Reproductive Justice, CoreAlign, a project of the New Venture Fund, and National Center for Youth Law.

Jill E. Adams served on host committee and presented awards to honorees.

For information on the event and registration, click here.

November 21, 2014

2014 Latinas Empowered for Action Regional Training
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Mills College

LEA trainings provide a safe space for Latin@s and all attendees to explore issues of reproductive justice through a Latina lens that holds the whole person at the center of the work. This LEA training offers interactive activities to engage participants and challenge held assumptions as well as unspoken gender, sexuality, and reproduction privileges while making connections to the way policy affects our everyday lives. LEA brings to light the health access issues faced by Latinas and women of color and engages participants to step up their advocacy!

For more information, please contact Gabriela Valle at or at 213-270-5258. To register, click here.

September 8, 2014

The Roberts Court and Women
12:45-2:00 PM | Koret Room (170 Boalt Hall)

On September 8th, CRRJ will convene a panel to discuss cases decided by the Roberts Court that have had a particularly profound impact on women, including McCullen v. Coakley and Burwell v. Hobby Lobby from the previous term. Join panelists Prof. Melissa Murray (Berkeley Law), Beth Parker (Planned Parenthood Affil. of CA), Dipti Singh (National Health Law Program, and moderator Jill Adams ’06 (CRRJ). Event is free and wheelchair accessible. Cosponsors include Berkeley American Constitution Society and Berkeley Law Students for Reproductive Justice, California Law Review, Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice and Women of Color Collective at Berkeley Law.

Jill E. Adams moderating CRRJ panel with Melissa Murray, Beth Parker, Dipti Singh

September 20, 2014

Trends, TRAPs, Trials, and Triumphs in the 2010s
1:45-2:45 PM | 132 Boalt Hall

Jill E. Adams and Kristin Luker at Alumni Reception 2014

CRRJ will present a dynamic discussion on law and policy related to reproductive rights and the cultural and political shifts undergirding them in at Alumni Weekend. Panelists, including Faculty Director Kristin Luker and Executive Director Jill E. Adams ’06, will give an overview of mounting state-level restrictions on access to reproductive healthcare and the challenges brought against them. California and its proactive policymaking efforts will be highlighted, as will long-term strategies to realize rights for marginalized communities whose reproductive decisions have been forced, coerced, or denied. This program will provide one (1.0) Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit applied to the Areas of Professional Practice requirements.

June 19, 2014

ACCESS Women’s Health Justice
Law Students for Reproductive Justice Summer Intern Training on Reproductive Rights Law & Justice
3:30-5:00 PM

Jill Adams to anchor panel about welfare family caps and the effort to repeal California’s Maximum Family Grant Rule, which denies cash aid to babies born into families receiving CalWORKS.

April 9, 2014

Conversations on Reproductive Justice
4:00-6:30 PM | 370 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley

This exciting afternoon will include a discussion of the many ways local and national advocates and scholars engage reproductive justice, followed by a dialogue on RJ’s past , present, and future featuring: Sujatha Jesudason PhD, founding director of CoreAlign and researcher at ANSIRH & Loretta Ross, founder of SisterSong and noted women’s rights author and activist guided by Samara Azam, executive director of ACCESS Women’s Health Justice Sponsored by the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law and the Center for Race & Gender.

Click here for more information and to register.

March 25, 2014

Jill Adams to testify before California Senate Committee

SB 899 Hearing

Jill E. Adams to testify before the California Senate Health and Human Services Committee at hearing on Senate Bill 899 (Mitchell) Repeal the Maximum Family Grant Rule.

For video of the hearing on the California Legislative Information website, click here. Adams’s testimony begins at 1:17.



March 13, 2014

Center Director Jill E. Adams to give guest lecture in Professor Edith Kinney’s Women & the Law class at Mills College
2:30-3:45 PM | Mills College


March 18-20, 2014

It’s Rape: A Reframing of Domestic Child Trafficking
Thelton T. Henderson Center on Social Justice, Ruth Chance Lecture with Spring 2014 Practitioner-in-Residence Malika Saada Saar, Director, Human Rights Project for Girls; Special Counsel on Human Rights at The Raben Group
12:45 – 1:45 PM | Warren Room (295 Boalt Hall).


December 12, 2013

Free Screening of “Young Lakota”
Ninth Street Independent Film Center
6:30 PM

Incite Pictures/Cine Qua Non, in co-sponsorship with the International Indian Treaty Council, the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law, the Women Donors Network, Groundswell, Ibis Reproductive Health, ACCESS Women’s Health Justice, and the ACLU of Northern California are excited to announce a free screening of Young Lakota, Incite’s recently completed documentary that chronicles a political battle over reproductive rights and tribal sovereignty on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion on Native women and the struggle for reproductive justice featuring Cecilia Fire Thunder (Oglala Sioux, Former Tribal President), Charon Asetoyer (Comanche, Native American Women’s Health Resource Center), Rochelle Diver (Anishinaabe, International Indian Treaty Council), and Katrina Maczen-Cantrell (Shoshone, Women’s Health Specialists), and moderated by Vanessa Daniel (Groundswell).

View the trailer HERE.
Trailer The event is free. Register HERE.

November 14, 2013

“Truly a Women of Color Organization: Race, Gender, and Production of Intersectional Organization Identity”
4:00-5:30 PM | 691 Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley

Zakiya Luna will discuss race, gender, and social movements, based on her practical experience and research on the reproductive justice movement as part of “Race and Social Movements: What Reproductive Justice Teaches Us.” The presentation is part of the Center for Race and Gender’s Thursday Forum Series.

For more information, click here.

October 7, 2013

“Remaking Public Sex”
12:30-1:45 PM | 2240 Piedmont Ave

Affiliated Faculty Melissa Murray will present a forthcoming paper entitled, “Remaking Public Sex” at the Center for the Study of Law and Society’s annual speaker series.

October 4, 2013

Speech, Symbols, and Substantial Obstacles: The Doing and “Undue”ing of Abortion Law since Casey
110 Boalt Hall | 132 Boalt – Overflow Room | Warren Room – Reception

The Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice will present a daylong, interdisciplinary symposium at Berkeley Law on Friday, October 4, 2013.

Thought leaders from diverse disciplines will examine the constitutive power and widespread impact of current laws related to abortion in the United States. Discussion will focus on Planned Parenthood v. Casey’s undue burden standard; the way this “standardless standard” is playing out in courts across the country, altering people’s access to and experience of abortion care. How have legal frames influenced the public’s understanding of abortion and its perceptions of those who seek abortions? How do abortion regulations interact with other areas of law, including freedom of speech? How do abortion restrictions harm individuals, families, and communities, threatening access to services, compelling parenthood, and compounding other forms of marginalization?

Please click here for details.

September 29, 2013

Access to Justice Award

Jill Adams and Elena Gutierrez receive ACCESS awardsCRRJ and Visiting Researcher Dr. Elena Gutiérrez won Access to Justice Awards for high-impact research with “Bringing Families out of ‘Cap’tivity: the Need to Repeal the CalWorks Maximum Family Grant Rule.” The awards were presented by ACCESS Women’s Health Justice at its 20th anniversary celebration in Oakland. Other 2013 Access to Justice awardees were: Renee Bracey Sherman for Practical support and overnight housing; Alissa Perrucci and the Women’s Options Center for Excellence in Counseling for Abortion Care; and Mardi Kildebeck and the Mary Wohlford Foundation as a model funder for reproductive health, rights, and justice.


August 10, 2013

“Reproductive Justice: An Intergenerational Examination of History and the Future”
12:00-1:30 PM | Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers

Zakiya Luna and Kristin Luker, along with Stephanie Alvarado, Dorothy Roberts, and Jeanne Flavin discussed reproductive justice in front of a packed audience at the Sociologists for Women in Society annual conference.



August 9, 2013

CRRJ Networking Reception
4:00-6:00 PM | Midtown Manhattan

Attendees enjoyed a CRRJ networking reception for scholars of reproduction and local reproductive health, rights, and justice advocates on August 9th in New York City. The reception was followed by the monthly NYC Reproductive Health Happy Hour.




July 27, 2013

“The Movement: Who we Are and Where Are we Going?”
3:40-5:00 PM | Berkeley Law

Jill E. Adams and Alicia Walters (CoreAlign) shared their insights and reflections about the past, current, and future composition of the reproductive justice movement and its prospects for success at the annual Law Students for Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute. They addressed the roles of power, privilege, and oppression in movement dynamics, as well as tools and opportunities to build and strengthen its constituencies.

June 25, 2013

“Combating New Attacks on Reproductive Freedom”
12:00 – 1:30 | Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center

CRRJ Executive Director, Jill E. Adams, to discuss national landscape of laws, policies, and regulations restricting access to reproductive healthcare. Co-panelists include Phyllida Burlingame, Reproductive Justice Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California, and Beth Parker, Chief Legal Counsel, Planned Parenthood Affiliates. “Combating New Attacks on Reproductive Freedom” will be part of The Elizabeth J. Cabraser 2013 Summer Brown Bag Lectures in Public Interest Law.

Forty years after the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Roe v. Wade, the fight for reproductive justice continues. Last year, 25 states adopted restrictions on access to abortion, including abortion bans, forced ultrasound laws, bars on insurance coverage, biased counseling requirements, and unnecessary and onerous regulations for providers. Under siege, clinics are closing. Come learn about national trends in reproductive rights and participate in a discussion on the future of reproductive freedom in the United States.

May 29-31, 2013

2013 RJ A3inA2 Conference — Reproductive Justice: Activists, Advocates, Academics in Ann Arbor
915 E. Washington Street, Ann Arbor, MI

Registration Required: Kindly RSVP by May 19, 2013 by clicking here.
Agenda: Click here.

CRRJ’s own Jill Adams, Elena Gutiérrez, and Zakiya Luna will be presenting separately at an upcoming conference, which intends “to advance reproductive justice by exploring the intersections of activism, advocacy, and academia,” to be held at the University of Michigan May 29-31, 2013.

April 18, 2013

“The Maximum Family Grant Rule: Invading Privacy, Punishing Moms, Harming Kids”
4:00- 5:30 PM | 132 Boalt Hall

CalWORKs is a program that provides cash assistance to low income California families with children, with the goal of getting parents working and families out of poverty. However, a rule called the “Maximum Family Grant” prevents a family on CalWORKs from receiving additional aid for a new child, unless the mother can show that very limited forms of birth control failed to prevent the pregnancy, or the pregnancy resulted from rape or incest. This policy inserts the state into private family decisions, punishes women who have more children than the state approves, and further harms children born into families already living in poverty.

Come learn about how a coalition of advocates, including current and former Berkeley law students, are fighting to repeal this misguided policy. This panel is convened by the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law and the East Bay Community Law Center. It is cosponsored by the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice, Berkeley Law Students for Reproductive Justice, Boalt Hall Women’s Association, STOPDV, and Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice.

Free. Open to the public. Refreshments provided.

Registration Required: Kindly RSVP by April 17 by clicking here.

To download the flyer, click here.

To download the video, click here.

To download the issue brief, “Bringing Families out of ‘Cap’tivity: the Need to Repeal the CalWORKs Maximum Family Grant Rule,” click here.

February 21, 2013

“40 Years After Roe: Examining the Social, Political, and Economic Impact of the Constitutional Right to Abortion”
12:00-1:00 PM | ACLU of Northern California

The Bay Area Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society, American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law and Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California present, “Forty Years after Roe: Examining the Social, Political and Economic Impact of the Constitutional Right to Abortion,” featuring:

  • Maggie Crosby, Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California
  • Zakiya T. Luna, UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice, UC Berkeley School of Law
  • Beth Parker, Chief Legal Counsel, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California
  • Tracy Weitz, Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, Director, Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health, Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, University of California, San Francisco
  • Ben Berkowitz (moderator), Partner, Keker & Van Nest LLP

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Roe v. Wade(1973). After four decades, the right to abortion remains one of America’s most controversial issues. What is the current state of reproductive freedom in California and beyond? Join us for a panel discussion regarding the social, political and economic impact of the Court’s decision on women, families and communities across America.

February 13, 2013

“Domesticating Human Rights: The Unexpected Success of the Reproductive Justice Movement”
12:00-1:00 PM | 602 Barrows, UC Berkeley

Zakiya Luna, UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice, presents Having grown from a handful of marginal organizations, the reproductive justice movement serves as an exemplar of a U.S. Social movement that made a “Non-resonant” framing choice while still achieving the type of success much social movement scholarship suggests can only be achieved through resonance seeking. This presentation draws on interviews, archival documents and observation to examine some of the factors that influences the framing choice and the consequences of it on the wider women’s movement.

January 22, 2013

AB 154 Press Conference
1:00 PM | State Capitol, Sacramento

Jill E. Adams, Executive Director, to represent the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at a press conference announcing the introduction of an assembly bill that would increase access to abortion. AB 154 (Atkins) will expand the types of trained healthcare professionals who can provide abortions, thereby increasing access and improving care.

January 21, 2013

40 Years Since Landmark Abortion Case
Radio Interview

Kristin Luker, Faculty Director, Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law, interviewed by Australia’s ABC radio.

January 20, 2013

Nile Hall in Preservation Park Honoring Legacies of Justice: 40 Years of Roe v. Wade
6:30 PM

CRRJ Working Group members, Rev. Darcy Baxter and Julie Brock, organized this evening of testimony, song, and community honoring the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade in Oakland’s historic Preservation Park.

January 18-19, 2013

Liberty/Equality: The View from Roe’s 40th and Lawrence’s 10th Anniversaries
UCLA School of Law

Kristin Luker, Faculty Director, Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law to speak at upcoming conference: Liberty/Equality: The View from Roe’s 40th and Lawrence’s 10th Anniversaries, to take place January 18-19, 2013, at the UCLA School of Law. American Constitution Society is co-sponsoring the conference with the UCLA School of Law, the Williams Institute, the Yale Information Society Project, and the Program for the Study of Reproductive Justice. As we commemorate the anniversaries of two landmark Supreme Court decisions, Roe and Lawrence, the conference will bring together leading experts on gender and sexuality to analyze the past, situate current conflicts, and contemplate the future. The conference will feature panels on sexual freedom, constitutional frameworks, social movements, religious liberty, families, and information.

Follow these links for student registration and non-student registration.

November 14, 2012

4:00 – 5:00
Boalt Room 170
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Lynn Paltrow of National Advocates for Pregnant Women will present, “Roe v. Wade and the New Jim Crow: Reproductive Justice in the Age of Mass Incarceration,” forthcoming, American Journal of Public Health. Nearly 40 years ago, Roe v. Wade decriminalized abortion. So, why are women who have abortions being arrested today? Why are hundreds of pregnant women being subjected to arrests, detentions, and forced medical interventions? This talk will examine the relationships among abortion, race, the war on drugs, and the growth of the prison industrial complex. RSVP to

November 9, 2012

4:30 – 6:30
District Lounge

Sow seeds for fruitful partnerships and future collaborations at this invitation-only reception for scholars presenting about reproduction at the National Women’s Studies Association conference and reproductive health, rights, and justice advocates.



October 29, 2012

6:00 – 8:00 PM
Kate Buchanan Room
Humboldt State University

Zakiya Luna, UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law to present keynote address, “Race, Gender and Human Rights: the Future of Reproductive Justice in the U.S.” Her presentation is part of the Campus Dialogue on Race, entitled, “Challenging Freedom and (In)Equality.”

October 24, 2012

4:00 – 6:30 PM
113 Vera Long
Mills College

Jill E. Adams, Executive Director, Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law will give a guest lecture in Prof. Edith Kinney’s Law & Public Policy course in the MPP program at Mills College.

October 4, 2012

12:45 PM – 1:45 PM
132 Boalt Hall
Intersectionality: Examining the Law with Greater Complexity

Zakiya Luna, President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law. In our previous session on ‘Race and the Law,’ we challenged the notion that law is neutral using a critical race theory lens. This week you will be introduced to tools to examine the law through an intersectional framework that includes structures such as gender and class. In an interactive session led by Zakiya Luna, we’ll explore the implications of legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw’s concept of ‘intersectionality’ in the realms of social movements, legal practice and their intersections.

August 28, 2012

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
105 Boalt Hall
Eugenics in California: A Legacy of the Past?

For much of the 20th century, California was at the forefront of eugenic ideology and practices in the United States, and holds the dubious distinction of being the state with the highest number of eugenic sterilizations performed under the authority of law – some 20,000 procedures between 1909 and the mid-1950s. Coerced sterilizations continued in public hospitals into the 1970s, and it has recently come to light that in very recent years, women prisoners in California have been sterilized without their consent or knowledge. Today, California is a leader in research and services related to human genomics and assisted reproductive technologies. Speakers at this public event will consider the long history of eugenics in California and explore continuities and discontinuities in the uses and misuses of genetic ideas and practices.

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April 5, 2012

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Goldberg Room 297
Reception to Inaugurate CRRJ

A celebration with and for everyone who helped to turn an interesting idea into a promising endeavor