Welcome to the Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program (RJFP) webpage! Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) proudly presents this page to provide information about the Reproductive Justice (RJ) Fellows as well as general program information and application procedures.
LSRJ is thrilled to announce the new RJFP collaboration with the Women and the Law Program at American University Washington College of Law. The Women and the Law Program serves as the academic home to the RJFP.
Announcing the New 2014-15 RJ-HIV Fellowship!
The brand new RJFP – HIV Fellowship places two recent law school graduates for a one-year fellowship at two leading organizations engaged in policy work at the intersection of RJ and HIV:
Nerissa Irizarry (William Mitchell) - Positive Women’s Network USA in Oakland, California
Melanie Medalle (Northeastern) - SisterLove in Atlanta, Georgia
As law school graduates with an understanding of the RJ framework and HIV issues, the RJ HIV Fellows will assist in research, interpretation, and application of law to aid the placement organizations’ education, organizing, publication, and policy pursuits.
Announcing the 2014-15 Fellows & D.C. Placement Organizations
LSRJ is pleased to announce the participants in the 2014-15 RJFP. The seven new Fellows and one Second-Year Fellow will start work at their placement organizations at the beginning of September 2014.
Jennifer Chou (UCLA) - National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum
Shelley Halstead (Univ. of Washington)- National Center for Lesbian Rights
Abbey Marr (Harvard) - Advocates for Youth
Elena Peifer (Univ. of Michigan) – National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
Kelsey Ryland (Seattle Univ.)- Choice USA
Rachel Suppé (American Univ.) - Reproductive Health Technologies Project
Ariel Tazkargy (Univ. of Minnesota) - National Women’s Health Network
Welcome 2013-14 RJ Fellows and Placement Organizations!
Jamille Fields (St. Louis Univ., JD/MPH ’13) – National Health Law Program (NHeLP)
Lillian Hewko (Univ. of Washington ’11) – National Women’s Health Network (NWHN)
Tiana Patterson (DePaul ’12) – Choice USA
Lauren Paulk (CUNY ’13) – National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)
Agata Pelka (Univ. of North Carolina ’13) - National Abortion Federation (NAF)
Kashif Syed (Chicago-Kent ’13) – Advocates for Youth (AFY)
For more information about the 2013-14 RJ Fellows, please see their bios.
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.
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 $50,000 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