Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program

Together we are changing the face and practice of lawyering.

A collage featuring 10 cohorts of reproductive justice lawyers.

For over a decade, the RJFP has fueled a growing and powerful group of new legal advocates who are part of a one-of-a-kind legal Fellowship for law school graduates who want to change the face and practice of RJ lawyering. To date, the RJFP has launched the careers of 80 lawyers who have a passion for reproductive rights and justice, placing them at both local and national nonprofits from coast to coast.

This policy-focused fellowship is designed to create entry points into the reproductive health, rights, and justice fields and to enhance legal and advocacy capacity at organizations working to advance reproductive justice for all people. RJ Fellows gain hands-on policy advocacy experience and work on cutting edge reproductive health, rights, justice issues, particularly as they affect people of color and other marginalized communities. Placement organizations benefit because Fellows bring legal knowhow and an intersectional approach to legal and policy advocacy.

RJ Fellows are paid a stipend and placed with organizations across the country for a year-long program that includes mentoring, professional development, skills-based training, and networking opportunities. Since its inception in 2010, the RJFP has launched the careers of dozens of new lawyers at a score of allied organizations and has expanded to include the Federal, State, and HIV fellowships.

We’re proud to partner with the American University Washington College of Law’s Women and the Law Program, the academic home of the RJFP.

2023-24 RJ Fellows

Maya Arigala
Mackenzie Darling
Deepali Gill
RJ State Fellow at Illinois Contraceptive Access Now (ICAN!)
Grabiela Hernandez
RJ-HIV Fellow at SisterLove, Inc.
Cassandra Pilla
RJ State Fellow at Elephant Circle
Rachel Utz
RJ State Fellow at SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW!
Hirsha Venkataraman
RJ Fellow at If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice
“I often think of If/When/How as my professional home. In law school, my If/When/How chapter helped me find community, and as my first professional job after law school, the RJFP helped me see possibilities.”
Jaspreet Chowdhary, State Legislative Manager, Ballot Initiative Strategy Center and '10-11 RJ Fellow at NAPAWF