Fifth Center for Reproductive Rights-Columbia Law School Fellowship Awarded to Rana Jaleel


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Rana Jaleel is the latest recipient of the two-year Center for Reproductive Rights-Columbia Law School Fellowship, a full-time academic position designed to prepare recent law school graduates for legal academic careers in reproductive health and human rights.  

Rana is in the final stages of obtaining a PhD from New York University, where she was a Henry M. MacCracken Fellow in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis\' Program in American Studies.  Her doctoral work examines how feminist theorizations of violence against women interfaced with legal doctrine in the 1990s to establish war rape and sexual violence as violations of human rights and international humanitarian criminal law.  Rana's broader research interests include international law, global labor, and comparative legal responses to gender and sexual violence and reproductive health. Rana holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and B.A.s in Women's Studies and English Literature as well as an MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. 

This July, Rana will join the 2012-2014 CRR-CLS Fellow in residence, Margaux Hall. Margaux's scholarship and professional practice to date have focused on public health, international law, development, environmental law, and women's rights. Ms. Hall received her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School and B.S. with distinction in Management Science and Engineering and honors in Civil Engineering from Stanford University.

The 2014-2016 selection process for new fellows will begin in fall, 2013. Qualified candidates have until Friday, November 1st to apply. Applicants must show exceptional promise as legal scholars and a commitment to entering academia. An interest in reproductive or sexual rights, women's rights and/or human rights is required, although extensive experience in the field is not essential. Applicants will be evaluated by the quality of their application materials, and by their record of academic and professional achievement.

Past CRR-CLS Fellows:

2011-2013 CRR-CLS Fellow, Erez Aloni, is currently studying legal recognition of different forms of relationships in the U.S. and Europe, Aloni said he sees legal scholarship "... as a vehicle for legal and societal change, making this fellowship ideal."  He explained that "the synergy between academia and grassroots activism in the field of sexual and reproductive rights can push the boundaries of human rights norms." Erez has recently accepted a tenure track position at Whittier School of Law in Costa Mesa, California. 

2010-2012 CRR-CLS Fellow Elizabeth Sepper is now an Associate Professor of Law at Washington University Law, ranked 18th among U.S. Law Schools. In her scholarship, Liz explores the interaction of morality, professional ethics, and law in medicine. Her most recent article, "Taking Conscience Seriously," is forthcoming in the Virginia Law Review.  This article challenges the standard account of the role of conscience in health care delivery, which limits conscience to those medical providers who refuse to deliver controversial treatments.

2008-2010 CRR-CLS Fellow, Khiara Bridges, was our inaugural awardee. She is now Associate Professor of Law and Associate Professor of Anthropology at Boston University. She recently authored the book, Reproducing Race: An Ethnography of Pregnancy as a Site of Racialization, which explores the role of race in the medical setting.