UPDATES FROM LSRJ NYU CHAPTER

Dear NYU Law Students for Reproductive Justice,

Watch this page for future LSRJ events, as well as other events in NYC.  Check out the research and internship opportunities listed below!


Other Events

Nirbhaya

April 16, 2015 - May 17, 2015

The Lynn Redgrave Theater

45 Bleecker St

New York, NY 10012

Tickets $15 with student discount code: STUDENT NIGHT

Called “one of the the most powerful pieces of theater you will ever see.” by THE TELEGRAPH, NIRBHAYA premiered at the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the largest arts festival in the world, in August 2013. It won the coveted Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award given to an outstanding Fringe production which raises awareness of human rights. It also won the Scotsman Fringe First and the Herald Angel Award for Outstanding New Play.

On the night of December 16th 2012 a young woman and her male friend boarded a bus in urban Delhi heading for home. What followed, changed the lives of these two people and countless others forever. Internationally acclaimed playwright and director Yaël Farber creates a searing new work that cracks open the cone of silence around women whose lives have been shattered by gender-based violence.

Click Here for more information and to order tickets.

 

“Human Rights at Home and Abroad” Webinar

Monday, April 20, 2015  | 7pm

Join LSRJ, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and Ipas on Monday, April 20th at 4pm  PT/7pm ET for "Human Rights at Home and Abroad." This webinar will look at the role of human rights law in the U.S. and in several African countries.

Karla Torres, Human Rights Legal Fellow at the Center for Reproductive Rights, will present the groundbreaking Nuestro Texas Campaign, which shines the spotlight on the lack of access to reproductive health care in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas. She will describe this innovative work which culminated in a human rights report, titled "Nuestro Voz, Nuestra Salud, Nuestro Texas," and the recent Human Rights Hearing that took place in recognition of International Women's Day. 

Jina Dhillon, Policy Advisor at Ipas, will present on utilizing international and regional human rights reporting mechanisms as a strategy to hold governments accountable for access to safe abortion services as a human right. She will focus on human rights accountability in the Africa region under international human rights instruments as well as under the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People's Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa.

You will find more details and registration information here.

 

New York Abortion Access Fund’s 2015 Bowl-a-Thon

Sunday, April 26, 2015  | 1:30-4:00pm

Bowlmor Chelsea Piers

For the 6th year in a row, abortion funds from across the country raise money to make reproductive rights a reality for women who can't afford to pay for an abortion—and this year we plan to break the fundraising records!


The Bowl-a-Thon is a nationwide series of local events that allow community members (you!) to captain your own bowling teams, participate in a kickass national event – and raise money to help women and girls pay for abortions they couldn’t otherwise afford.

There is a registration fee of $10 per person, and a nonbinding commitment to raise at least $100 per bowler. We promise you it won’t be difficult—fundraising is streamlined through your team’s personalized webpage where friends and family can donate online, and we will provide you with tons of support, helpful tips, sample
language, fundraising ideas, and motivating emails to help you get there.

At our 2014 Bowl-a-thon, thanks to over 250 amazing bowlers, we raised over $82,000 and were the #1 abortion access Bowl-a-thon in the country! This year, we hope to raise $100,000. In order to
participate, groups of 4-8 friends and register their team at: http://fundabortionnow.org/BOWLATHON

 

Activate New York: Pro-Choice Lobby Day in Albany

May 5, 2015| 9:30am-4:30pm

Please join NARAL Pro-Choice New York and activists from across the state in Albany on Tuesday, May 5th for a phenomenal day including meetings with your legislators, presentations by reproductive rights experts and so much more!

Register here.

 

Reproductive Justice Projects

Take Action with the ACLU: Test Accommodations for Breastfeeding

No one should be expected to delay their career simply because they are breastfeeding! 

Unfortunately, many state boards of bar examiners do not have testing accommodations for breastfeeding examinees. The ACLU and LSRJ are working to change that, and you can help!

The ACLU has assisted two women, one in Illinois and one in Texas, who sought accommodations for pumping breast milk during the bar exam. You can read blog posts about these women and their cases here and here. While the women were initially denied the accommodations on the ground that breastfeeding is not a disability, each was later successful in getting the accommodation following an appeal of the denial. The ACLU got involved, and asked the respective boards of bar examiners to change their policies to make clear that women who are nursing are eligible to receive accommodations with appropriate medical documentation that they are breastfeeding. The ACLU then started collecting signatures for a petition to get Texas to change its policy. Because there's been some great momentum around the Texas petition, the ACLU is now working to advocate for testing accommodation policies for breastfeeding bar examinees in every state.

That's where you come in! We are seeking volunteers to launch this national campaign. Each volunteer will be asked to call ten (10) state boards of bar examiners to determine current accommodation eligibility policies and the requirements for seeking such accommodation. Each call is expected to take approximately 5-10 minutes, including follow up, for an estimated total time commitment of 1.5 hours.

Interested? Want more information? Please email Lina at lina@lsrj.org.

 

Join the Reproductive Justice Legal Research Initiative

Through the RJ Legal Research Initiative (LRI), LSRJ matches organizations with legal researchers (law student members and attorney alumni) to work on discreet, legal research projects throughout the year. Each RJ LRI project will be supervised by LSRJ's 2014-2015 in-house Legal Fellow, Noel León, J.D.

 

Students and Alumni Attorneys:

Are you looking for an opportunity to research cutting edge law and policy issues in reproductive health, rights, and justice? Are you looking to get involved in RJ legal issues in your state? Participate through LSRJ! Apply to be a researcher here: lsrj.org/volunteer.

 

New Projects & Continuing Opportunities with Provider Tort Claims Project

LSRJ is still recruiting student and alumni researchers to work on a 50-state research project assessing potential tort claims against anti-abortion protesters and harassers. With your help, we will create a package for each state that (1) will assist abortion providers in identifying whether they may have a legal claim, and (2) will provide preliminary legal research for attorneys who will ultimately take on the cases in each state. Additional researchers who can contribute any time to this project are always welcome.

 

The LRI also has new research opportunities for researchers in the areas of birthing rights, ACA impact, HIV/AIDS, parental rights, abortion funding, and constitutional law.

Direct any questions to Research@lsrj.org.

 

Internship and Scholarship Opportunities

Ms. JD 2015 Summer Public Interest Scholarship

The winners of this year's Public Interest Scholarship Competition will each receive a $500 scholarship to go towards their summer living expenses as they pursue careers in public interest law. Ms. JD is thrilled to continue annual support of women pursuing public interest careers, as part of ongoing efforts to support mentoring and career development at home and abroad.

Women law students entering their second or third year at an accredited U.S. law school and working the summer of 2015 at least 35 hours per week for a minimum of 6 weeks at a government agency or nonprofit organization are eligible to apply. Unpaid judicial externs also qualify for these scholarships. Students need not have a placement at the time of their application, but must send an offer letter to Ms. JD by the beginning of the summer.

 

Physicians for Reproductive Health

Physicians for Reproductive Health is seeking a Summer Intern. This summer intern will work with the Vice President and General Counsel to identify and research legislative solutions that would overcome constitutional and other legal challenges to measures intended to protect patients and their health care providers in two states. The intern will then use that work to draft legislative language designed to pass muster in the courts of those states.

 

LSRJ’s Internship Guide

An updated Guide to Internships & Fellowships in Reproductive Rights & Justice, featuring nearly 80 organizations from across the country.

 

Thank You

Please feel free to reach out to us at any time with any questions or ideas about LSRJ.  And be sure to join our Facebook group!

Sincerely,

Emily (Communications Chair) and the rest of the NYU LSRJ Board!