Law School Initiative

The U.S. Legal Department strives to protect and advance reproductive liberty and access to reproductive health care in the United States by employing diverse strategies grounded in CRR's legal expertise.

To learn more about the different areas of our work, please check out our U.S. litigation, advocacy work in Washington, D.C. and the states, U.S.-based human rights work, and our Law School Initiative.

The Center's litigation work in the United States seeks to broadly promote reproductive rights. Our goals include:

  • Securing recognition that reproductive freedom is both a fundamental constitutional right and a human right that the government is obligated to respect, protect and fulfill;
  • Ensuring that all women have access to safe and affordable contraception;
  • Protecting women’s access to safe, legal and affordable abortion services;
  • Ensuring that adolescents have access to reproductive health services; that adolescents’ confidentiality is protected in their pursuit of those services; and that adolescents have access to age-appropriate, comprehensive sexuality education;
  • Defending abortion providers against unreasonable government actions

In The Spotlight

Family Law: International & Comparative Law Supplement on Reproductive Rights

This summer we launched an update to the Family Law Module…

CRR Announces New Columbia Law Fellow

The Center is excited to announce Harvard law student Lisa Kelly as the 2014-2016 recipient of the Center for Reproductive Rights-Columbia Law School Fellowship. …

Our Work in Focus

The Center's Law School Initiative partners with law schools and law journals to host scholars' convenings to generate and explore new approaches to reproductive rights and human rights. Events range from informal roundtables where law teachers can trade ideas on how best to address the challenge of teaching reproductive rights to panel discussions and full-day academic symposia which take on cutting edge issues of reproductive health and rights. Whenever possible, we encourage the publication of papers in law school journals and we try to promote the value of bringing-in a comparative and international law perspective to discussions of reproductive health in the United States. Past scholars' convenings have taken place at law schools in Boston, New York, Denver and Oxford, Mississippi. Center staff attorneys also speak at law school conferences, career panels, classes, and other events…
To support and expand the teaching of reproductive health and rights in law school curricula, the Law School Initiative has undertaken a series of regional discussions with law faculty about the challenges of teaching reproductive rights in a traditional law school setting.  The Initiative…
The CRR-CLS Fellowship is a two-year, post-graduate fellowship offered by the Center for Reproductive Rights and Columbia Law School…

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