Please welcome LSRJ’s four resident bloggers for the 12-13 school year! Add us to your blogroll to read about their opinions on current RJ issues, campus organizing, and advocating for RJ as a busy law student.
Ash Moore, ’14 University of Oklahoma College of Law
After failing kindergarten twice, Ash knew she needed to pull her life together. She kicked a caffeine habit and peaked in middle school when she won the prestigious “Right Stuff” award at Space Camp in Florida. But the road to recovery is never smooth and straight. Ash figured out she was transgender at the ripe young age of 14 and had no choice but to let her “alternative lifestyle” (she’s still not sure what it’s an “alternative” to) lead her to a life of theater. After a relapse and caffeine overdose, she somehow retained her idealism and went to law school with the goal of helping other people with troubled and “alternative” lifestyles.
Elisabeth Smith, ’14 University of Washington School of Law
Elisabeth began working for reproductive justice as a teenager in San Antonio, Texas. As the co-president of her chapter, she hopes to help her fellow students understand RJ and become advocates in whatever work they do. Once an English major, always an English major: Elisabeth is particularly interested in the language we use to talk about people, families, and sexuality and how that language limits access to education, opportunities, healthcare, and other essential services.
Josie Sustaire, ’14 University of Oregon School of Law
Josie is a native Oregonian. She and her husband have been married for over 11 years and have two children. Josie is passionate about environmental law and human rights, particularly women’s rights. As the mother of two school-aged children, she brings a unique perspective to classroom discussions. And although her classmates call her Supermom, she considers herself a normal mother who works tirelessly to provide for her family and to illustrate to her children that dreams can be achieved with hard work, determination and a strong network of supporters. Josie is the Co-Director of the University of Oregon chapter of LSRJ. She is working hard to strengthen her school’s chapter with a focus on coalition building with local organizations dedicated to the realization of reproductive justice. She is looking forward to bringing a mama law student perspective to RepoRepro.
Rosie Wang, ’14 Columbia Law School
Rosie is academic chair of Columbia LSRJ, an articles editor in the Journal of Gender and Law, and generally in the thrall of her Sexuality and Gender Clinic to-do list. As a first generation immigrant, she is particularly interested in the power of personal narratives and the role of women of color in the reproductive justice movement. In her life before law school, she tutored children, manned library circulation desks, and directed fashion photoshoots. When not on Westlaw, she can be found visiting flea markets and searching futilely for a decent taco in New York City. She interned at the LSRJ national office last summer and misses it every day.