GW Law If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice

GW Law If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice The George Washington University Law School Chapter of Law Students for Reproductive Justice Welcome to our chapter's page! If/When/How trains and mobilizes law students and legal professionals to work within and beyond the legal system to champion reproductive justice.

In collaboration with communities, organizations, and movements, we work to ensure all people have the ability to decide if, when, and how to create and sustain a family. Reproductive justice will exist when all people can exercise the rights and access the resources they need to thrive and to decide whether, when, and how to have and parent children with dignity, free from discrimination, coercion, or violence.

Mission: LSRJ trains and mobilizes law students and new lawyers across the country to foster legal expertise and support for the realization of reproductive justice. Reproductive justice will exist when all people can exercise the rights and access the resources they need to thrive and to decide whether, when, and how to have and parent children with dignity, free from discrimination, coercion, or violence.

Operating as usual

02/01/2017
Wacdtf - Washington Area Clinic Defense Task Force

Wacdtf - Washington Area Clinic Defense Task Force

We've scheduled a new training for DC!

Saturday, March 18
2:30pm
Meeting Room, Shaw Neighborhood Library
1st Floor Meeting Room
1630 7th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
Metro: Shaw – Howard University (Green & Yellow Lines)

As with all of our trainings lately -- there is high demand, and we will likely need to cap attendance at a certain point (so we don't get in trouble with the kind organizations which allow us space). So:

* Please make sure to RSVP;
* If you discover later on that you can't make it, please let us know as well so we can get a good head count.

You can RSVP at our training page: http://www.wacdtf.org/trainings/

SisterSong
12/17/2016

SisterSong

‪It is the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. Ensuring the rights, health and dignity of #sexworkers is #reprojustice. #dec17‬

It's the last day of classes and the last day to contribute to our fundraiser for the DC Diaper Bank! Join us in the har...
12/01/2016

It's the last day of classes and the last day to contribute to our fundraiser for the DC Diaper Bank! Join us in the hard lounge until 3pm.

Celebrate #givingtuesday with us and DC Diaper Bank! Come see us in the hard lounge today for more info!
11/29/2016
Greater DC Diaper Bank

Celebrate #givingtuesday with us and DC Diaper Bank! Come see us in the hard lounge today for more info!

The big meal is over, the shopping and football is mostly done, the cyber deals are almost over, we think you know what time it is?? It's time for GIVING TUESDAY! We hope you'll support our work and the families who depend on us for diapers and more. We're taking part in a Giving Tuesday contest through The Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington - part of what we're aiming to do is get THE MOST donors - Send us what it costs to buy a pack of diapers, or a box of tampons, or a tube of diaper cream!
http://cfp-dc.org/VPbq

Hey RJ warriors- Join us in the hard lounge this week for our fundraiser for DC Diaper Bank! Tell your friends and suppo...
11/28/2016

Hey RJ warriors- Join us in the hard lounge this week for our fundraiser for DC Diaper Bank! Tell your friends and support women and families in the DC area during this season of giving.

11/13/2016

Hey Reproductive Justice Fans! So, we know it has been a rough week for many of us. As a result, we have decided to host an informal Election Debrief TOMORROW from 12:30-2:00 pm in S304 to talk about both our reactions to the election results and where to go from here. The focus will be on supporting each other and discussing what productive actions we can take going forward. All are welcome. Feel free to come for all or part of the time. We will have coffee and assorted breakfast baked goods.

Physicians for Reproductive Health
11/12/2016

Physicians for Reproductive Health

We support abortion providers because it's the right thing to do, especially now. Why do you? #NowMoreThanEver http://bit.ly/2fDchb3

10/13/2016
Physicians for Reproductive Health

GW If/When/How loves Dr. Horvath-Cosper! We support her and all other abortion providers and appreciate their critical work.

This week in #WhyIProvide: our Reproductive Health Advocacy Fellow Dr. Diane Horvath-Cosper knows that patients seeking abortion services deserve "the same kind of compassionate care that prenatal patients or surgery patients receive." Thank you, Dr. Horvath-Cosper!

If/When/How
10/03/2016
If/When/How

If/When/How

We hope you're keeping up with our new and improved blog! Want to have YOUR writing featured?! Email your ideas and/or short pieces to [email protected]!

It's the 40th anniversary of the passage of the Hyde Amendment. We take today to honor those who have worked to make abo...
09/30/2016

It's the 40th anniversary of the passage of the Hyde Amendment. We take today to honor those who have worked to make abortion possible despite the restrictions the amendment enforces and pledge to #beboldrepealhyde [source: @BYP_100 on twitter]

If/When/How
09/27/2016
If/When/How

If/When/How

Racial justice IS reproductive justice. Read about how you can help support and center people of color in a new blog post by our Director of Campus & Community Programs, Lina Houston!

National Abortion Federation
09/20/2016
National Abortion Federation

National Abortion Federation

Accessing abortion care isn't simple or easy. Amazing groups like Clinic Access Support Network - Houston, Texas help people overcome the too-often insurmountable obstacles they face. “What she did for me was powerful, just picking me up,” Nicole says. “I knew someone was going to be there and be supportive, that I would be safe.”

09/15/2016

Thanks everyone for coming out to our first meeting of the year! We had a great time meeting you and hope you had a good time. Please share this page with your friends and feel free to use the page to share ideas, information, interesting articles...anything RJ related!

Timeline Photos
09/02/2016

Timeline Photos

Lady Parts Justice
09/01/2016
Lady Parts Justice

Lady Parts Justice

Purvi Patel is FREE!
Yes, Indiana Court of Appeals - when it comes to this & cases like these, "absurd" is the word

09/01/2016

Thanks to everyone who visited us at the org fair today! We greatly enjoyed meeting you and look forward to seeing you at our general body meeting on September 14 (location tba).

Any ideas for the upcoming year? Message us here- we'd love to hear from you!

So glad to have hosted the Leadership Institute this summer!
08/12/2016

So glad to have hosted the Leadership Institute this summer!

Over the weekend, we held our ninth annual Leadership Institute, a convening that brings together chapter leaders from across the country to learn best practices in campus organizing, to network with each other, and to develop leadership skills that will help them build successful chapters back home. We did all of that and so much more this time; we focused on the inextricable connection between racial and reproductive justice, created space for reflection and grief, held separate caucuses for students of color and white co-conspirators, and embraced radical vulnerability in a way that is rare for the legal profession. It was an incredible weekend, and this was just the beginning. Stay tuned for more information about the 2016 Leadership Institute (be sure to sign up for our newsletter on ifwhenhow.org!) and ways that you can be involved in our work!

08/11/2016
Law Students for Reproductive Justice became If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice

Law Students for Reproductive Justice became If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice

After more than a decade of supporting students to become stronger champions of reproductive justice in law school, the organization has expanded their focus to engage law students and legal professionals throughout their careers. Because they don't want to stop engaging students once we graduate, and legal professionals want support in putting their passion and skills to work for reproductive justice, too.After more than a decade of supporting students to become stronger champions of reproductive justice in law school, the organization has expanded their focus to engage law students and legal professionals throughout their careers. Together, we'll fight to ensure all people have what they need to decide if, when, and how to create and sustain families with dignity, free from discrimination, coercion, or violence.

GW Law If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice's cover photo
08/11/2016

GW Law If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice's cover photo

GW Law If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice
08/11/2016

GW Law If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice

Hey 3Ls! Just a notice that Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program applications are due in ONE WEEK. From the email I g...
11/24/2015
RJFP Application 16-17

Hey 3Ls! Just a notice that Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program applications are due in ONE WEEK.

From the email I got this morning:

"Are you a current 3L or 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 Pittsburgh & Women's Law Project, in Pittsburgh, PA or Legal Voice & Surge NW, in Seattle, WA.

The application deadline is 5:00 PST on NEXT TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2015. Applications are here: https://www.tfaforms.com/389723

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

A George Mason grad (an someone I worked with over my 1L summer) is a current fellow and said she would be happy to talk to anyone about it. Contact me at [email protected] if you want me to make the introduction!

Thanks,

-Kate Watkins-

Wanted to post a reminder for everyone: GW Law's chapter of Law Students For Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) is having their...
09/22/2015
GW Law If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice

Wanted to post a reminder for everyone:

GW Law's chapter of Law Students For Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) is having their first meeting of the year TOMORROW at 8pm in L301. This is a crucial meeting for LSRJ as we are electing members for the ENTIRE executive board (as well as 1L reps). That's right, LSRJ will be electing NEW board members tomorrow--so if you are interested in running, please come tomorrow. If you absolutely cannot make it tomorrow but are interested in running for a board position, please email me ASAP with the board position in which you are interested (Pres, Vice pres, Secretary, Treasurer, Events Chair). I will also be leading a quick Reproductive Justice 101 presentation for those of you who are interested in the club but might not understand what we do on campus. As usual, there will be food provided!

Also, please consider joining our chapter's FB page here: https://www.facebook.com/gwlsrj?fref=ts

Again: if you have any questions, or can't make the meeting but still would like to run, please email me (Kate Watkins) at [email protected].

The George Washington University Law School Chapter of Law Students for Reproductive Justice

Hello again everyone!GW Law's chapter of Law Students For Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) is having their first meeting of t...
09/16/2015
GW Law If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice

Hello again everyone!

GW Law's chapter of Law Students For Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) is having their first meeting of the year next Wednesday at 8pm in L301. This is a crucial meeting for LSRJ as we are electing members for the ENTIRE executive board (as well as 1L reps). That's right, LSRJ will be electing new board members next week--so if you are interested in running, please come next week. I will also be leading a quick Reproductive Justice 101 presentation for those of you who are interested in the club but might not understand what we do on campus. As usual, there will be food provided!

If you have any questions, or can't make the meeting but still would like to run, please email me (Kate Watkins) at [email protected].

The George Washington University Law School Chapter of Law Students for Reproductive Justice

“The fight for reproductive freedom in the country can not be void of a racial justice analysis. When our rights are bei...
07/24/2015
How we’re failing Sandra Bland: Mainstream feminists need to do more to fight for women of color

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Until recently, the Bland tragedy failed to elicit outrage among mainstream liberals, an all-too-often occurrence

"The connection between the sexual abuse of girls and their ultimate incarceration is not coincidental; sexual abuse is ...
07/15/2015
Locked Up for Surviving: The Untold Story of the Sexual-Abuse-to-Prison Pipeline

"The connection between the sexual abuse of girls and their ultimate incarceration is not coincidental; sexual abuse is a direct, contributing cause of their detention."

Published on Thursday, July 09, 2015byCommon DreamsLocked Up for Surviving: The Untold Story of the Sexual-Abuse-to-Prison Pipeline New study concludes that a history of abuse is not just a predictor of future incarceration—it is a causebySarah Lazare, staff writer 0 Comments"The common justificatio…

07/09/2015
lsrj.org

Law Students for Reproductive Justice Is Hiring!
2015-16 National Legal Fellow

LSRJ seeks applications from recent law school graduates and new attorneys to work as a Legal Fellow for one year starting in August 2015.

Please go to http://bit.ly/LSRJ15LegalFellow for more information and how to apply.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Apply today!

#BlackLivesMatter is "a movement started by three queer black women, but while hundreds of thousands of people have marc...
07/08/2015
We Need To Stop Making Black Women the Mammies of Our Movements (And Our Friend Groups) Right Now -

#BlackLivesMatter is "a movement started by three queer black women, but while hundreds of thousands of people have marched for cis black male victims of police violence, only about thirty people showed up to a march for Reykia Boyd, a black unarmed woman murdered by police in Chicago…Solidarity is a requirement, not an option."

by Kat Riascos “I don’t know, something about you just seems so maternal!” “You are always so prepared! You’re like the mom!” “You remind me of my mom!” We have heard it a thousand times, a… Continue Reading →

#OpenCarry laws conflict with #ReproJustice, specifically the ability to parent children in an environment free of fear....
07/07/2015
Powerless in the Face of White Supremacy and a Gun

#OpenCarry laws conflict with #ReproJustice, specifically the ability to parent children in an environment free of fear. Read more:

While out shopping in Georgia at my favorite bookstore, the same day the Emanuel AME Church reopened its doors after the mass shooting, a white man in camouflage entered the store openly carrying a gun on his hip. This tense moment was too soon.

“Queer youth experiencing homelessness, and the plight of trans and queer communities of color, is not merely an issue o...
07/01/2015
Interrupting Pride for Black Lives

“Queer youth experiencing homelessness, and the plight of trans and queer communities of color, is not merely an issue of transphobia and homophobia in Black and Brown communities; it is equally about classism, racism and gentrification.”

A group of Black youth in Chicago did right Sunday by the memory of those whose actions the gay pride parade is meant to honor.

In the excitement from the SCOTUS decision on #MarriageEquality, you may have missed this important decision from Justic...
06/30/2015
Justice Kennedy Emerges As Important, Complicated Voice on Race in Fair Housing Case

In the excitement from the SCOTUS decision on #MarriageEquality, you may have missed this important decision from Justice Kennedy regarding a Fair Housing case.

"Perhaps it comes from his evolution on the issue of LGBTQ rights, but on Thursday, Kennedy made it clear that he believes at least in some degree in 'unconscious prejudice and disguised animus' while his conservative colleagues do not." http://bit.ly/1ef0tcP

The Roberts Court surprised many on Thursday by upholding an important provision of the Fair Housing Act, with Justice Anthony Kennedy emerging as an important voice for civil rights jurisprudence.

06/27/2015
If/When/How

If/When/How

We’ve had some huge SCOTUS victories this week: ACA, Fair Housing, and now marriage equality (all tremendously important reproductive justice issues). Today we celebrate these victories. But we continue to be angry and deeply saddened by the blatant racism, discrimination, hostility, and violence that pervade our society. Today, we stand with you in celebration and also in solidarity and recognition of all the work that still needs to be done. We will never stop fighting for justice.

"We, as a country, in the face of even more Black lives taken way before their time, have a choice to make. It is no lon...
06/22/2015
We Were Never Meant to Survive: A Response to the Attack in Charleston

"We, as a country, in the face of even more Black lives taken way before their time, have a choice to make. It is no longer a question of whether or not racism exists, nor is it a question of whether or not racism is an epidemic that plagues our very existence. The choice we have to make is whether or not we are willing to take it on in a real way."

This country has never valued Black people. We cannot consider ourselves safe anywhere.

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