The 2020 Sarah Weddington Writing Prize Winners Are In!

If/When/How, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at UC Berkeley School of Law are pleased to announce the winners of the fifteenth annual Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights Law. Congratulations!

  • First place: “The Legal Limbo of Menstrual Regulation: Implications of a “Plan C” for fertility control in the U.S.” by Samantha Gogol Lint, 2020 J.D. Candidate at Harvard Law School.
  • Second place: “The Case for Affirmative Consent in Childbirth” by Alexa Richardson, 2021 J.D. Candidate at Harvard Law School.
  • Third place: “The Hollow Right: Illusory Post-Hyde Abortion Access and a Case for Decriminalizing Self-Managed Abortion,” by Bridget Winkler, 2021 J.D. Candidate at American University Washington College of Law.
  • Honorable mention: “Incarcerated Parents and Child Welfare in Washington” by Sayer Rippey, 2020 J.D. Candidate at University of Washington Law School.

The first place winning submission has a presumption of publishability and will receive expedited review by the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice. Winning authors will also receive cash prizes of $750, $500, or $250 and a copy of Cases on Reproductive Rights and Justice.

If/When/How thanks everyone who submitted an entry this year. There were many wonderful articles that exhibited exceptional writing and research and profound understanding and analysis of reproductive rights and justice.

If/When/How is also grateful to the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice for co-sponsoring the writing prize, the preliminary readers and academic judges for their hard work and thoughtful evaluation, and the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice for promoting student scholarship.

The Sarah Weddington Writing Prize encourages innovative analysis and advocacy in writing about reproductive rights and justice issues. We encourage writing that amplifies lesser heard voices, applies an intersectional, reproductive justice lens to legal thinking, offers anti-essentialist analysis, and suggests innovative solutions that take into account the practical realities and lived experiences of the people affected by the various forms of subordination and reproductive oppression in the United States. The suggested theme for 2020 was “Supporting Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Beyond Roe v. Wade.”

For questions or further information, contact Cammie Dodson, Professional Development Coordinator at [email protected]