The mission of Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) is to train and mobilize 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.
The History of LSRJ
In January 2003 reproductive rights were only vaguely present or vanishing completely from the coursework, conversations, and campus activism taking place at law schools throughout the United States. Only a handful of schools offered elective courses in reproductive rights law, and coverage in other courses was often deficient. An even smaller number of schools had student organizations dedicated to reproductive health advocacy or staff who could connect interested students to legal leaders in the field. That winter a recent law school graduate named Cari Sietstra set out to provide law students with the much-needed learning, training, and networking opportunities she had lacked while in school. Her efforts have evolved into a powerful nonprofit network of law students, professors, and lawyers committed to reshaping the law school experience and guaranteeing the future of reproductive justice by preparing those who will pursue and protect it for generations to come.
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