The 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 thirteenth annual Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights Law. Congratulations!

  • First place: “Borders Across Bodies: Assessing the Balance of Expanding SCHIP Coverage at the Expense of Advancing Fetal Personhood,” by Hailey Cleek, 2019 J.D. Candidate at Wake Forest University School of Law.
  • Second place: “Harris & Whole Women’s Health Collide: No Funding Provisions Unduly Burden Abortion Access,” by Alisha Pat­ton, 2019 J.D. Candidate at UC Hastings College of the Law.
  • Third place: “(In)Accessing Reproductive Health Information and Care: The Unique Challenges Facing Individuals with Disabilities,” by Katie Cox, 2019 J.D. Candidate at University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law.
  • Honorable mention: “Intimate Terrorism: Toxic Masculinity, Domestic Violence, and Mass Shootings,” by Kimya Forouzan, 2018 J.D. Candidate at Temple University Beasley School of Law.

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 2018 was “Immigration is a Reproductive Justice Issue.”

The first-place winning submission has a presumption of publishability and will receive expedited review by the UC 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.