About RJFP

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.

2016-17 Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program Applications Now Available! Pilot RJ State Program Introduced!

Are you a current 3L or a recent law school graduate? 

Fired up about social justice issues like immigration, LGBTQ rights, and racial justice, and how they intersect with reproductive rights and justice?  

Want to get hands on training in federal or state law and policy and rub elbows with and learn from leading advocates in the field? 

Then consider submitting an application for the 2016-17 Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program (RJFP). The program runs from the end of August 2016 through August 2017.

RJ Federal Fellows will be placed at nonprofit organizations in Washington, D.C. to help advance reproductive justice through law and policy. Fellows in our pilot RJ State Program will be matched with one of two joint placements: New Voices For Reproductive Justice & Women’s Law Project, in Pittsburgh, PA, or Legal Voice & Surge NW, in Seattle, WA.

The application deadline is 5:00 pm PST on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2015. You can find the online form here (organization applications not yet available).

For more information about the RJFP, including bios of current and past Fellows and a list of Placement Organizations, please visit the RJFP homepage.

Questions? Email RJFP@lsrj.org.


Announcing the New 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

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


2014-15 RJ Fellows & Placement Organizations

LSRJ is pleased to announce the participants in the 2014-15 RJFP.  Nine new RJ-Federal & RJ-HIV 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

Nerissa Irizarry (William Mitchell) – Positive Women’s Network USA in Oakland, California

Abbey Marr (Harvard) – Advocates for Youth

Melanie Medalle (Northeastern) – SisterLove in Atlanta, Georgia

Elena Peifer (Univ. of Michigan) – National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

Kelsey Ryland (Seattle Univ.) – URGE (Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity)

Rachel Suppé (American Univ.) – Reproductive Health Technologies Project

Ariel Tazkargy (Univ. of Minnesota) – National Women’s Health Network

Jamille Fields (Univ. of  St. Louis) – Staying on for a second year at National Health Law Program


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

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