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06.28.2016  /   If/When/How Staff
Cecilia Fierro, President, Board of Directors

Sabrina Andrus, Executive Director

Law Students for Reproductive Justice is now If/When/How, an organization that trains, networks, and mobilizes law students and legal professionals within and beyond the legal system to champion reproductive justice. Read more about our name change and our plans for the future.... Read more
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07.25.2017  /   If/When/How Staff
By If/When/How Staff Over the weekend of July 15-16, If/When/How held our tenth annual Leadership Institute at American University Washington College of Law! Dozens of our chapter leaders came together to kick-start the 2017-18 school year, to receive essential training in on-campus organizing, and to connect with other chapter leaders from across the country. The weekend was filled with engaging conversations, powerful collaboration, and…... Read more
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07.11.2017  /   If/When/How Staff
Lina Houston, Director of Campus & Community Programs

I have failed the California bar exam twice. That’s a slightly scary admission to make publicly since the legal profession is pretty invested in prestige (and, quite frankly, a narrow concept of success). But as someone who works with law students, I believe it is my responsibility to be honest about my experiences with the bar. ... Read more
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07.5.2017  /   If/When/How Guest Voice
Violet Rush, If/When/How Legal Intern

Incarcerated people retain the right to abortion, but recent events indicate that prisons and jails are not upholding that right. Recently, Kei’Choura Cathey was denied access to an abortion during her incarceration in Maury County, Tennessee. The sheriff considered abortion an “elective procedure” and refused assistance for funding or transportation to the clinic.... Read more
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06.27.2017  /   If/When/How Guest Voice
Sarah Merriman, If/When/How Legal Intern

“Call this business! Today is a national holiday!” Yelp proclaims every year on my phone screen, as my partner and I try to find restaurant takeout on what is inevitably the first hot weekend of the summer. Without fail, we fumble around with what odd holiday could possibly fall on a late Sunday in June. Both of us, growing up in a house with a single mom, come to realize: Father’s Day has rolled around again. ... Read more
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06.20.2017  /   If/When/How Guest Voice
Alison Tanner, Board Member

Like most women who have abortions, I don’t regret my decision. But I still wish my university supported those who create families while they are students, rather than refusing to provide housing for pregnant and parenting students. ... Read more
06.13.2017  /   If/When/How Guest Voice
Janine Caller, Chapter Leader at University of New Mexico School of Law

Move up, move back. This is one of the community agreements we recognized at the If/When/How retreat in Dallas. This set of agreements was our pledge to each other, to get out of our comfort zone, to be authentic, and to also respect each other’s place within that space. "Move up, move back" is one of many personal agreements I decided to embrace at the retreat and when returning to my law school. I chose this one because of its multiple meanings, and how it immediately spoke to me. ... Read more
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06.6.2017  /   If/When/How Guest Voice
Jennifer Mahan, Chapter Leader at University of Baltimore School of Law

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05.30.2017  /   If/When/How Guest Voice
Grace Kube, Chapter Member at University of Wisconsin School of Law

Ally. Activist. Aware. Forward thinker. These are all words I would have used to describe myself. However, the process of acquiring these labels does not result in some final achievement; the idea that “I have put my work in, and now I am done.” The process is just that, a process. It is a journey and not a destination to arrive at.... Read more
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05.23.2017  /   If/When/How Guest Voice
Jaspreet Chowdhary, RJ Fellow Alum

Reproductive justice (RJ) is the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy and to have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities. Since becoming a parent, I have been thinking about how to apply the third tenet of RJ to my life in the context of my lived experience as a South Asian American woman, who is the daughter of immigrants, and in an inter-religious marriage.... Read more
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05.16.2017  /   If/When/How Staff
Diamond Raymond, Program Assistant

Today is “National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day,” a day first inaugurated by the LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care in Baltimore. Today we recognize the many LGBT elders who blazed the trail toward equity and justice ... Read more