About RJFP

Welcome to the Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program (RJFP) webpage. Here you will find information about current and past Reproductive Justice (RJ) Fellows, placement organizations, general program information, and application procedures. The RJFP is a program of Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ)The Women and the Law Program at American University Washington College of Law serves as the academic home for the RJFP.

2016-17 Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program selection process is now underway. Please check back for updates.

2015-16 RJ Fellows & Placement Organizations

Zsea Beaumonis (Santa Clara University )  National LGBTQ Task Force

Rebecca Bucchieri (George Mason) – Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity (URGE)

Nimra Chowdhry (Univ. of Houston) – National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)

Madeline Gomez (Columbia)  National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH)

Noel León (Univ. of Pennsylvania) – Reproductive Health Technologies Project (RHTP)

Julia Quinn (Univ. of Texas)  National Health Law Program (NHeLP)

Sonya Rahders (Univ. of California, Hastings) – Advocates for Youth

Sabrina Rewald (Univ. of Detroit Mercy & Univ. of Windsor) – SisterLove, Inc.

Arneta Rogers (Univ. of California, Hastings) Positive Women’s Network USA

Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program

In 2010, LSRJ launched a funded legal fellowship program for current 3Ls and recent law school graduates interested in working to advance reproductive justice through policy advocacy. Following a tremendous response from students and advocates in the field, LSRJ successfully selected and placed six Reproductive Justice (RJ) Fellows with six organizations in Washington, D.C. for the 2010-11 fellowship year. Since then, LSRJ has placed 45 RJ Fellows at over a dozen organizations working to advance reproductive justice through policy. In 2014, the RJFP expanded to include the RJ-HIV Fellowship, placing two Fellows at organizations in Atlanta, GA and Oakland, CA, and in 2016, the RJFP will pilot the RJ State Fellowship, placing two Fellows at organizations in Pittsburgh, PA and Seattle, WA.

The RJFP is intended to enhance capacity at reproductive justice organizations working to influence law and policy and to build a pipeline for future reproductive justice lawyers. The RJ Fellows are each paid a stipend of $51,000 plus benefits and placed with placement organizations in Washington, D.C., for a year-long program (running August to August) that includes mentoring, professional development, training, and networking opportunities.

Given the increasingly volatile and hostile climate surrounding women’s reproductive health and rights, LSRJ is deeply gratified by the passion displayed by these new lawyers to pursue work in reproductive rights, health, and justice.  We are thrilled to be able to provide entry points into the field and to help build capacity at organizations working to promote reproductive justice for all people.

A heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who is making RJFP a dream come true – especially our visionary funders, selection committee members, participating placement organizations, current RJ Fellows, and everyone who applied.  Together we are fostering legal expertise for the Reproductive Justice movement!

Inaugural class of Reproductive Justice Fellows and LSRJ Program Director

(l to r) Amina Abbas; Jessi Leigh Swenson; Dani Hawkes; Alex Walden; Mariko Miki (LSRJ staff); Davida Silverman; and Jaspreet Chowdhary