Tuesday, March 6, 2012
The Washington Post: Obama calls Sandra Fluke, Georgetown law student assailed by Rush Limbaugh, by Felicia Sonmez:
Wading further into an escalating contraception battle that has put Republicans on the defensive, President Obama on Friday called Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University law student who this week was derided as a “slut” and a “prostitute” by conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh for her defense of rules mandating that employer-provided insurance plans cover the cost of birth control. . . .
TheHill: Limbaugh apologizes for 'slut' comments, by Jamie Klatell & Vicki Needham:
Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh apologized Saturday for calling the woman who testified in favor of President Obama's contraception mandate a "slut" and a "prostitute."
Limbaugh had come under intense pressure from President Obama and Democrats, who rushed to support the Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, as they sought to turn the conservative talker’s comments against the GOP. And Republicans had begun to distance themselves from his incendiary comments. . . .
Friday, March 2, 2012
The Huffington Post: Rush Limbaugh Advertiser Sleep Train Pulls Commercials In Wake Of Sandra Fluke 'Slut' Firestorm (UPDATE: More Companies Join), by Jack Mirkinson:
One of Rush Limbaugh's advertisers announced Friday that it was pulling all of its commercials from his radio show in the wake of Limbaugh's incendiary comments about a female law student and contraception. (UPDATE: Another advertiser announced it was also ending its commercials later on Friday. Scroll to the bottom to see.)
After being bombarded on Twitter, mattress store Sleep Train said that it would no longer advertise during Limbaugh's top-rated show following days of outrage over Limbaugh's statements about Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown student who was denied a chance to speak at a Congressional hearing about birth control. . . .
Sunday, February 26, 2012
March 5: Deadline for Submissions for Sarah Weddington Prize for Student Scholarship on Reproductive Rights
Law Students for Reproductive Justice: 2012 Sarah Weddington Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights:
Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) and the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) Law School Initiative invite submissions for the seventh annual Sarah Weddington Writing Prize.
The theme this year is “Legislating Stereotypes: Reproductive Rights Rollback in the States.”
Papers must be at least 20 pages in length (not including footnotes), double-spaced in 12-point font with footnotes in 10-point font, conforming to Bluebook citation format. Only original scholarship by current law students or 2011 graduates will be accepted. Papers submitted for publication elsewhere will be considered, but will be ineligible for first place if published elsewhere. Papers already contracted for publication as of March 2012 will not be accepted. Winners will be selected by an outside panel of legal and academic judges. Send your submission (in Word format as an email attachment) to [email protected] by 5:00pm PST on Monday, March 5, 2012. The 1st place winning submission will be published in New York University School of Law’s Review of Law and Social Change. Winning authors will receive cash prizes: $750 (1st place), $500 (2nd place), or $250 (3rd place) and have the opportunity to be published in the Reproductive Justice Law & Policy SSRN e-journal.
For more information, see the call for submissions description.
Monday, February 20, 2012
The Politicker: Sandra Fluke Discusses Being Rejected From House Contraception Hearing, by Hunter Walker:
Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke talked to The Politicker today about her rejection from yesterday’s House oversight committee hearing on President Barack Obama’s controversial contraception coverage rule. House Democrats wanted Ms. Fluke to be a witness at the hearing, but the committee’s chair, California Congressman Darrell Issa, denied the request and said she was ”not found to be appropriate or qualified.” . . .
Sandra Fluke posted the testimony she intended to give on YouTube:
Monday, February 13, 2012
ABA Journal: Justice Ginsburg: Roe v. Wade Decision Came Too Soon, by Debra Cassens Weiss:
Speaking at a Columbia Law School symposium on Friday, Ginsburg said the court could have delayed hearing the case while state law evolved on the issue, the Associated Press reports. "It's not that the judgment was wrong, but it moved too far too fast,” she said. . . .
The full AP story is here.
I attended this symposium and was also struck by Justice Ginsburg's story about a case that she felt would have been the better case to bring first, one in which a woman in the military faced discharge because she chose to carry her pregnancy to term. Justice Ginsburg said she thought this would have been a wiser first step, because the woman's choice was for childbirth. Here's a story on Justice Ginsburg's discussion of that case: Salon: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s alternative abortion history, by Irin Carmon.
Monday, January 30, 2012
The New York Times: Ruling on Contraception Draws Battle Lines at Catholic Colleges, by Denise Grady:
Bridgette Dunlap, a Fordham University law student, knew that the school’s health plan had to pay for birth control pills, in keeping with New York state law. What she did not find out until she was in an examining room, “in the paper dress,” was that the student health service — in keeping with Roman Catholic tenets — would simply refuse to prescribe them.
As a result, students have had to go to Planned Parenthood or private doctors to get prescriptions. Some, unable to afford the doctor visits, gave up birth control pills entirely. . . .
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
The International Women’s Human Rights Clinic and the Center for Reproductive Rights jointly submitted a report to the United Nations Human Rights Committee on issues related to the status of women’s reproductive rights in the Philippines. The paper reports on the efforts of the Philippine Government to adopt public health laws that ensure women’s rights. It finds that some specific laws, including a nationwide criminal ban on abortion without any clear exceptions and restrictions on contraceptive information, “constitute an ongoing and immediate threat to women’s life, reproductive health, and rights.” . . .
Friday, December 30, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
Capital University Law Review: Call for Presentations and Papers Eighth Annual Wells Conference on Adoption Law:
Eighth Annual Wells Conference on Adoption Law
March 8, 2012
Searching for Family: The Impact of Technology and Social Media on Adoption
Send proposals by Nov. 23, 2011, to Capital University Law Review Symposium Editor Christine Diedrick Mochel at [email protected].
The conference is still accepting proposals for presentations and papers emphasizing the following themes:
Facilitating Adoptions through the Internet
Suggested topics include, but are not limited to: using the internet to facilitate adoptions, the legal barriers to using the internet to facilitate adoptions, and the ethical implications of using the internet to facilitate adoptions.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
XXfactor (Slate Magazine): Why Don't More Law Schools Teach Reproductive Rights Classes?, by Alexandra Harwin:
Most of the politicians and judges responsible for abortion policies in this country are trained as lawyers – among the chief proponents of Mississippi’s infamous personhood amendment is a local business lawyer. However, a new survey shows that most law schools aren’t doing enough to educate future policymakers about reproductive rights issues. . . .
H/T: Robyn Enes Link
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
ABA Journal: Lawyer Learns He Has at Least 75 Children, by Debra Cassens Weiss:
Boston lawyer Ben Seisler picked up extra money while attending law school at George Mason University by donating to a Virginia sperm bank.
Seisler earned $150 per donation, the Boston Globe reports. He apparently visited the sperm bank often. . . .
h/t: Lianne Hansen
See also NBCWashington.com: Former Fairfax Sperm Donor Learns of 70 Kids, and this earlier post on a different prolific sperm donor: Ethical Questions Raised Over Single Sperm Donor's Copious Offspring
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Jennifer Hendricks et al. on Strategies for Teaching Reproductive Rights and Other "Controversial Topics"
Jennifer S. Hendricks, et al., have posted Teaching Controversial Topics on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
This essay, based on a presentation at the 2009 Future of Family Law Education conference at the William Mitchell School of Law, discusses strategies for teaching controversial topics, focused on reproductive rights and related gender issues.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
National Association of Women Lawyers Student Writing Contest:
Opportunities for Law Students:
Currently, the National Association of Women Lawyers is soliciting entries for the Fifth Annual Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition. The competition carries a $500 prize for the first place essay and the opportunity for the winning essay to be published in the summer edition of the Women Lawyers Journal, our quarterly publication sent to thousands of NAWL members and subscribers nationwide.
The guidelines can be obtained from Professor Jennifer Martin, St. Thomas University School of law at [email protected].
Entries must be received by May 1, 2011.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) and the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) Law School Initiative are now accepting submissions for the sixth annual Sarah Weddington Writing Prize. The theme this year is “Beyond the Books: Realizing Reproductive Rights in Real Lives.”
LSRJ & CRR are seeking fresh student scholarship that focuses on a particular community’s unique struggle for reproductive justice. Examples of communities disproportionately affected by reproductive oppression include ethnic, religious, or cultural minorities; people of color; women in developing or war-torn countries; adolescents; low-income women; survivors of domestic violence; prisoners; LGBTQ individuals; and undocumented immigrants. Example topics include: legal and non-legal barriers to health care access (e.g., impact of the Hyde and Helms Amendments on poor women in the U.S. and abroad); surviving pregnancy and childbirth (e.g., racial disparities in maternal and infant mortality); denial of reproductive healthcare services on the basis of conscience (e.g., repercussions in rural communities with only one hospital or pharmacy); cruel, unusual, or degrading treatment in reproductive healthcare delivery (e.g., shackling of incarcerated women during pregnancy, labor, and delivery); reproductive health effects of exposure to pollution and toxins (e.g., farm/factory workers and residents of low-income neighborhoods); and the intersection of HIV/AIDS and intimate partner violence (e.g., barriers to justice for communities with problematic relationships to governmental authorities).
We encourage writing that amplifies lesser heard voices, applies an intersectional, reproductive justice lens to legal thinking, offers anti-essentialist analysis, and/or suggests innovative solutions that take into account the practical realities and the lived experiences of the people affected by various forms of subordination and reproductive oppression.
Papers may be domestic or international in scope and may draw on human rights treaties, international legal norms, comparative law, U.S. constitutional case law, and/or statutory law and regulation. Authors are asked to apply a reproductive justice lens and/or human rights framework to their analyses of the issues. To learn more about:
Reproductive Justice (RJ):
o What is Reproductive Justice?: www.lsrj.org/documents/What_is_RJ.pdf
o Links to publications about RJ: www.lsrj.org/motivation
Reproductive Rights as Human Rights:
o Human Rights Law Primer: www.lsrj.org/resources/#humanrightslawprimer
o CRR publication: Repro Rights are Human Rights: http://reproductiverights.org/sites/crr.civicactions.net/files/documents/RRareHR_final.pdf
Previous winning submissions: www.lsrj.org/awards/#writingprize
Papers must be at least 20 pages in length (not including footnotes), double-spaced in 12-point font with footnotes in 10-point font. Papers must conform to Bluebook citation format. Only original scholarship by law students or law graduates of 2010 will be accepted. Papers submitted for publication elsewhere will be accepted; however papers previously published will not be accepted. Winners will be selected by an outside panel of legal academic judges. Send your submission (in Word format as an email attachment) to [email protected] by 5:00pm PST on Tuesday, March 1, 2011.
The 1st place winning submission will be published in the NYU Review of Law and Social Change. Winning authors will receive cash prizes: $750 (1st place), $500 (2nd place), or $250 (3rd place) and have the opportunity to be published in the Reproductive Justice Law & Policy SSRN e-journal.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
LSRJ Announces Results of First National Reproductive Rights Law & Justice Course Survey:
Only 18% of U.S. Law Schools Have Offered Reproductive Rights Law Courses
In a recently released study, Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) has found that fewer than one-fifth of ABA-approved law schools offered a reproductive rights law & justice course over the last seven years. Among the 32 schools—located in 17 different states—that have offered their students a formal opportunity to study reproductive rights law as part of their legal training, there were 37 separate courses and instructor-led reading groups that have been taught at least once. More than one-third of known classes have resulted from advocacy by LSRJ chapters.
See also: RH Reality Check: Defending Your Rights? Study Finds Few Law Schools Offer Training in Reproductive Justice, by Liz Kukura:
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Now that Labor Day has come and gone, it's time to say THANKS to my fabulous research assistants, CUNY Law students AMY HAGER ('11) and JENN FEELEY ('12), for their work this summer researching issues for this blog.
Monday, August 23, 2010
The Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society Announces our 2011 Symposium: Gender, Justice, & Victim Rights: A Gendered Perspective of Victims in the Criminal Justice System
February 25, 2011
University of Wisconsin Law School
We are seeking original scholarship, from both scholars and practitioners, that addresses the intersections of law and gender in the role and treatment of victims in the criminal justice system. Interested parties should send an abstract to [email protected] by October 31, 2010. Those selected for the Symposium will be notified by December 2010. The Journal’s Symposium issue will be published in Winter 2011.
Questions may be addressed to Symposium Editor Erin Welsh at [email protected].