UPDATES FROM LSRJ NYU CHAPTER

Dear NYU Law Students for Reproductive Justice,

Below are announcements about upcoming events hosted by our NYU chapter and the NYCLU, as well as other research, internship and fellowship opportunities.

Upcoming NYU Events

Vessel Screening and Q&A with Producer/Director Diana Whitten
Thursday, January 22, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

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Please join NYU Law Students for Reproductive Justice, NARAL Pro-Choice New York, and the Carr Center for Reproductive Justice at a screening of Vessel.  Vessel is a powerful, award-winning documentary which tells the story of Women on Waves founder Dr. Rebecca Gomperts, who felt compelled to change the realities created by anti-abortion laws around the world. Her method: to provide abortions on a ship in off-shore waters.

Tickets are $5 at the door and will include wine, beer and appetizers at a pre-screening reception beginning at 6PM in Golding. Following the screening, the director and producer of the film, Diana Whitten, will be joining us for a Q&A.

New York Civil Liberties Union: Roe v. Wade Anniversary Panel, Wednesday, January 28, 4:30pm – 6:00pm

In celebration of the Roe v. Wade anniversary, please join us for a conversation about the work to preserve and expand reproductive rights in New York and nationwide.

 RSVP required.

This program is presented in partnership with the Public Interest Law Center and Carr Center for Reproductive Justice.

Featuring: 

Irin Carmon (MSNBC, Moderator), Donna Lieberman (New York Civil Liberties Union), Jasmine Burnett (New York Coalition for Reproductive Justice), Andrew Grossman (Grossman Heinz), Jennifer Dalven (American Civil Liberties Union), Katharine Bodde (New York Civil Liberties Union), Katha Pollitt (The Nation).

Vagina Monologues Auditions

Auditions Wednesday and Thursday January 21 & 22 - Sign-Up Here (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1f3wnxX84GLJ223Q0rxEuDAdkmVoF43oV1fCK3Fk_aJw/edit#gid=0)

For the sixth consecutive year, NYU Law's Domestic Violence Advocacy Project (DVAP) is producing the 2015 Vagina Monologues on February 11th, 12th and 13th. We want YOU to be part of the cast! Auditions, which are open to all of NYU graduate women, will be taking place on January 21st and January 22nd in Vanderbilt. The time commitment is minimal and the experience is truly incredible. Absolutely no prior theatre or acting experience is necessary. Sign up here. Email Amy Wolfe or Katie Mitchell at vdaynyugrad@gmail.com if you have any questions. Vagina Love, Amy & Katie.

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.

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Griswold with Harvard Law School LSRJ

The Harvard Law School LSRJ (HLSRJ) chapter and the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender (JLG) are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Griswold v. Connecticut with a collection of writings on the case and its continued influence on reproductive justice and constitutional law. The Griswold decision granted contraception access to married couples as part of the constitutional right to privacy. Its influence reaches many reproductive health and social justice issues, and we are interested in all kinds of writing, from full-length scholarly articles to informal reflections on the case. Selected pieces will receive editing from the HLSRJ/JLG team, and will be published on JLG's website in Spring 2015. This publication will coincide with a week of events about the legacy of Griswold in the Spring. 

Please complete this form and submit your piece to hlsrj.griswold@gmail.com by February 1, 2015. Feel free to send any questions to hlsrj.griswold@gmail.com.

Job and Internship Opportunities

Summer Internship with LSRJ National Office

To ensure LSRJ is practicing the values inherent in the RJ framework, we are proud to offer two (2) paid summer legal internships in 2015. Law students' financial situation should not determine the work they are able to undertake, particularly if they are passionate about social justice issues and want to utilize their degree to advocate for progressive change. Therefore, the LSRJ summer interns will each be awarded up to a $5,000 stipend for their ten week internship.

LSRJ provides its interns with a comprehensive orientation and substantive training at the start of the internship as well as hands-on mentoring and networking opportunities throughout the summer. LSRJ interns develop materials for nationally coordinated campus activism campaigns, projects, and educational tools designed to raise awareness of reproductive justice and its intersections with other areas of law and social justice. Interns also research legal questions for allied reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations. Summer interns also have the opportunity to attend and present at the annual LSRJ Leadership Institute conference, which brings together student leaders from LSRJ chapters across the country. 

Download the Legal Intern Application and apply today. Deadline is March 1, 2015.

Summer Internship with NARAL Pro-Choice New York

NARAL Pro-Choice New York is seeking a rising 2L or 3L for their Summer Legal Internship. The law clerk/legal intern should expect to engage in policy analysis of key pieces of state legislation across the country; perform legal research and draft legal memoranda to advance our policy priorities; and gain experience working in state and national coalitions working to advance reproductive rights.

Fellowship Opportunity as In-House Fellow at LSRJ National Office

LSRJ is seeking a graduating or recently graduated law student who is interested in applying to fellowship funding from their law schools or from another independent source. As a Legal Fellow, you would continue and strengthen the current Legal Fellow's work supervising and expanding LSRJ's Legal Research Initiative and pro bono projects. This is a great opportunity to hone your legal research, analysis, and writing skills; network with lawyers and others in the reproductive justice movement nationally; and expand notions of what it means to be a reproductive justice lawyer.

If you are interested in discussing the possibility of applying for a public interest fellowship from your school or other independent source to work at LSRJ, please contact LSRJ's current in-house Legal Fellow, Noel León (who is funded by the Penn Law Public Interest Postgraduate Fellowship) at noel@lsrj.org

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!