Academic Resources

Bolster and supplement your existing legal education and knowledge of reproductive justice with issue briefs, primers, and reports.

We recognize that most law schools don’t include reproductive justice and intersectional discussions as part of their curriculum. Our primers, issue briefs, and reports help the legal community better understand how law and policies have a disparate impact on individuals and communities. If/When/How is committed to transforming legal education and providing students and instructors with the means and support to utilize an intersectional reproductive justice lens. Take a look.

The suggested theme for this year is “Supporting Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Beyond Roe v. Wade.” Read more
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Applications for the ’21-22 Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program closed on November 9, 2020. Thank you for your interest. Read more
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Updated Spring 2019. This survey captures the results of sustained efforts by If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice staff, students, and alumni, as well as academic allies, to grow curricular offerings and expose law students to important reproductive rights and justice issues. Read more
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If/When/How Executive Director Jill E. Adams, J.D., along with other leading constitutional law scholars, coauthored this brief in Mabel v. Hamilton arguing that the Maine Supreme Court should not rely on wrongly decided Harris v. McRae to uphold a ban on public funding for abortion care in the state. Read more
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Newly updated 2017 Reproductive Rights Law & Justice Course Survey. The survey captures the results of sustained efforts by If/When/How staff, students, and alumni, as well as academic allies, to grow curricular offerings and expose law students to important reproductive rights and justice issues. Read more
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Use this event toolkit to help your colleagues understand that racial justice is reproductive justice (and vice versa!) and begin the conversation about power and privilege on your campus and in your community. Read more
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Applications for the '20-21 Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program are closed. RJ Fellowships include RJ Federal (Washington, D.C.), RJ-HIV, and RJ State, which will place Fellows in the U.S. Southeast. The deadline for returning the application was November 1, 2019. Read more
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Report from first-ever convening of legal professionals to explore what it means to lawyer for reproductive justice. Read more
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If/When/How (then LSRJ) joined this amicus brief authored by Human Rights Project for Girls in support of plaintiff Juana Villegas. The brief argued that the practice of shackling pregnant women in jails, prisons, and detention centers violates international law. Read more
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If/When/How (then LSRJ) joined the amicus brief authored by the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health in support of the U.S. Government. The brief argued that contraceptive coverage accommodation does not pose a substantial burden on the petitioners' religious exercise and that control over reproduction is essential to dignity and equality for women.  Read more
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Many If/When/How members, including current and form RJ Fellows and board members, signed their names to this extraordinary amicus brief, which shares the abortion experiences of over 100 lawyers in support of the petitioners in Whole Women's Health v. Cole. Read more
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If/When/How (then LSRJ) joined the amicus brief authored by the National Women's Law Center in support of the U.S. Government in the case of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. The brief argued that the contraception regulations of the Affordable Care Act pose no substantial burden on Hobby Lobby's religious exercise and that the regulations are necessary to advance both public health and women's equality. Read more
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If/WhenHow (then LSRJ) joined this amicus brief authored by National Advocates for Pregnant Women in support of the appellant Ina Cochran. The brief argued that criminal abuse charges should not be used to punish women who become pregnant and give birth in spite of a drug problem.  Read more
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If/When/How (then LSRJ) joined this amicus brief authored by the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum and the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at UC Berkeley School of Law in support of appellant Purvi Patel. The brief argued that the court should not criminalize self-induced abortion. Read more
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