If/When/How Texas Law

If/When/How Texas Law


Join If/When/How, PILA and OUTLaw for a Decompression Session on Monday, December 3, 2018 in the Jury Room at 6 pm. Finals are looming and self-care is essential during this stressful time! Join us for some yummy baked goods, hot chocolate and tea, cozy blankets and snuggies, stress-relieving coloring books, and an environment of never-ending love and support!
Legislative / Legal internship next Spring.
Sign up to help register voters on campus with NARAL Pro-Choice Texas
For some reason it wouldn't let me share the event to this page, but just wanted to let y'all know that Cecile Richards will be at Scholz Garden on Friday with University Democrats. You can access the event on the University Democrats page :)
Yale Law School is looking for a Reproductive Rights and Justice Fellow. PM me (or email [email protected]) if you apply or are thinking about it. The supervisor for this position is a dear friend.

Reproductive Rights and Justice Fellowship for someone interested in developing and implementing novel repro rights advocacy and litigation strategies (https://law.yale.edu/isp/get-involved/isp-fellowships)

If/When/How knows that reproductive justice doesn’t just happen — it depends on if, when, and how hard we fight. Join our network of law students & lawyers

If/When/How is a national network of law students and legal professionals from all backgrounds who know that reproductive justice doesn’t just happen.

Operating as usual

Apply to join the If/When/How Texas Law 2021-2022 Board of Directors! 04/13/2021

Apply to join the If/When/How Texas Law 2021-2022 Board of Directors!

Attention lawhorns: apply for the 2021-2022 If/When/How Board! If you are passionate about reproductive justice, we hope you will apply to work with us to continue cultivating a community at Texas Law that is RJ-oriented. Please reach out with any questions.


Apply to join the If/When/How Texas Law 2021-2022 Board of Directors! If/When/How Texas Law is a student organization at the University of Texas School of Law. We are committed to raising awareness of reproductive justice issues at the law school school through advocacy events, panels, lectures, and volunteer opportunities. We also fundraise for local abortion funds.....


Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

We're so excited for our Jane's Due Process info session and Q+A tomorrow at 6pm! Join us at https://utexas.zoom.us/j/93866111991

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youtube.com 10/14/2020

Unrig the Courts-Texas Law

***ACTION ALERT*** Abortion access, LGBTQIA rights, immigration, health care, the environment are all at stake. To protect our rights, we must #UnrigtheCourts. Watch/share this amazing video by all of your Texas law faves, sign our petition (link to follow), and attend our event tonight (more info on our page)! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIy5gDRHjHA



Folks --

In 2016, the Supreme Court, in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, struck down a Texas law that required, among other provisions, that abortion providers have admitting privileges to local hospitals. Today, the Supreme Court issued an opinion in June Medical Services v. Russo that struck down a near identical Louisiana admitting privileges law, but the lack of a clear majority opinion indicates the fight for abortion access is not over. Abortion is essential and time-sensitive health care. When someone decides to seek abortion services it should be affordable, accessible, and compassionate care. But we know that isn’t the reality for many.

For decades, our opponents have taken every opportunity to attack abortion access in ways that disproportionately harm Black and brown communities. The Louisiana law is one part of a relentless effort to overturn Roe v. Wade and make abortion inaccessible to everyone. This reality was made clear here in Texas by our Governor’s ban on abortion in the midst of a global pandemic. While today’s decision is still not enough to guarantee access long-term, it is hugely important that folks in Louisiana still have access to the three remaining clinics in the state, particularly at a time when BIPOC Louisianans are reeling from horrific violence at the hands of the police and disproportionate health outcomes from COVID because of systemic racism. Today’s decision, though significant, doesn’t change this reality.

While we celebrate, we recognize that the work of achieving reproductive justice for all people, particularly those most affected by systemic violence and inequality, is far from over. We look forward to continuing this work with you in the year to come.

In solidarity,

If/When/How at Texas Law

abcnews.go.com 06/29/2020

Supreme Court hands down major decision reaffirming abortion rights

This morning, SCOTUS struck down a Louisiana law that would have gutted clinical abortion access in the state in June Medical v. Russo. We celebrate this decision today, but know that the fight for equal access to abortion is far from over.

abcnews.go.com The Supreme Court announced its ruling on the Louisiana abortion case June Medical Services v. Russo.


And we are so happy you are, Krystina Denos!🥰


We would like to announce our revised Mission, Vision, and Values as an organization committed to reproductive justice.



Great news this morning! SCOTUS blocked Trump's plan to end DACA. Read the opinion here:https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/19pdf/18-587_5ifl.pdf



If/When/How Texas Law


We stand with Texas Law Student Bar Association and would like to reaffirm our commitment to impartial justice. We call on Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore to appoint a special prosecutor in the investigation of the killing of Mr. Mike Ramos who was fatally shot by the Austin Police Department.


In case we didn't get to give you our spiel, If/When/How is a nationwide network of lawyers, law students, and movement organizers who are working to make reproductive freedom a reality for all. At Texas Law, we hope to offer a mix of speakers, pro bono projects, and networking events related to reproductive justice in order to create community on and off campus.

Our first meeting will be TOMORROW, September 17th at Vortex/Butterfly Bar/Patrizi's from 5:30-7pm. We'll discuss upcoming events and how ya'll want the year to look. See you there!


Jane's Due Process

Jane's Due Process is at the Capitol testifying against HB3605. You can watch the hearing at the link below! (The hearing is being recorded and will continue to be available at the Texas Legislature website if you can't watch live.)

‪📹 Tune in! We are at the Capitol this morning to tell #TxLege to not be fooled by #HB3605. This bill is unconstitutional and would violate patients' rights! ‬Follow along below (we are the 8th bill that will be heard and it is being live-streamed). ⬇️⬇️⬇️

docs.google.com 02/07/2019

GRITS 2018-2019 Board Application

Are you a UT Law student interested in planning GRITS next year? Join the Board! You'll have the opportunity to choose things from speakers, to panel topics, to t-shirt design, to food choices, not to mention have the chance to leave your mark on the next Getting Radical in the South conference.
If you’re interested in joining the board, please fill out the application below by Friday, February 15 at 5:00 PM. We will reach out once we review your application!



William Wayne Justice Center and Mithoff Pro Bono Program at Texas Law

Join us this Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 11:45 in the Eidman Courtroom, to hear from Sunu Chandy, Legal Director, National Women’s Law Center.

“#MeToo, TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund, & The Resistance: Using Litigation to Protect the Rule of Law”

See you there!



theatlantic.com 10/22/2018

Women in the U.S. Can Now Get Safe Abortions by Mail

The founder of a global abortion-pill provider that has never shipped to the U.S. has quietly started a new service for Americans.

theatlantic.com The founder of a global abortion-pill provider that has never shipped to the U.S. has quietly started a new service for Americans.


We believe Christine Blasey Ford. We still believe Anita Hill.

ifwhenhow.org 09/23/2018

We Believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, and We Still Believe Anita Hill.

We believe Dr. Ford. And we still believe Anita Hill.

"It is not lost on us that Kavanaugh’s supporters use his age at the time that he assaulted Dr. Ford as an excuse to avoid holding him accountable, when we live in a country that has held black and brown folks, and especially young trans people of color, responsible for their actions at the tender ages of between 13 and 17 years old. . . . “But he was just a kid” is not an acceptable reason for excusing teenage Brett Kavanaugh’s actions while at the same time suggesting that Michael Brown, 18, was “no angel,” or that Tamir Rice, 12, posed a threat on a playground, or that Vontashia Bell, 18, deserved to be deadnamed and misgendered in reports of her death. Remember, this is also the same country that, in the past, has held 13-year-olds “accountable” for crimes that they were wrongly accused of committing. In this country, 14 years old is old enough to go to prison for decades — what then is the excuse for not holding Kavanaugh accountable for his actions at such a young age?"


ifwhenhow.org We demand an immediate end to Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation process, because it is clear that he has neither the character nor judgment that all Americans must require in a candidate for the Supreme Court of the United States.

law.utexas.edu 08/31/2018

The William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law | Change It Up! 2018

Join us for an event for new students exploring lawyering for social change,including lunch, an inspiring keynote, a student/alumni panel, and opportunities to connect with like-minded students, faculty, staff, and attorneys.

Friday, September 7, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Jamail Pavilion and Eidman Courtroom
Student happy hour to follow

Lunch with returning students will be available beginning at noon.
Students who get out of class at 1 p.m. will have time for a very quick lunch in the Jamail Pavilion.

For the complete schedule, see https://law.utexas.edu/publicinterest/events/change-it-up-2018/
RSVP by Friday, August 31 at https://changeitup2018.eventbrite.com/

Hosted by:
William Wayne Justice Center for Public interest Law

Co-Sponsored by:
Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice
Budd Innocence Center
Capital Punishment Center
Career Services Office

Student Organization Co-Sponsors:
Getting Radical in the South (GRITS)
Human Rights Law Society (HRLS)
Public Interest Law Association (PILA)

law.utexas.edu September 7, 2018 12:00 pm–4:15 pm Change It Up! 2018 Location: Jamail Pavilion and Eidman Courtroom   Program: 12:00-1:10 Check in and lunch – Jamail PavilionOptional lunches with returning students starting at 12:00; students who get out of class at 12:57 will have time for a very quick l...



It's worth noting that this is specifically an attack on midwives in South Texas, questioning their competency and legitimacy as trusted community members who have worked with families over generations to keep their loved ones together.

This is a racist fear campaign with real consequences and real teeth. This is meant to foment terror in the heart of communities and families that existed long before borders.

buffalo.edu 08/15/2018

Adolescent abortion-fund patients face more barriers than adults

buffalo.edu Adolescents who received funding to help pay for an abortion experienced greater hardships that affected abortion access compared to adult abortion-fund patients, according to a new UB study.

forward.com 08/03/2018

‘My Dark Secret’: Orthodox Women Reveal Their Abortion Stories

forward.com “I couldn’t tell anyone.”

rewire.news 07/27/2018

Judge Kavanaugh's Supreme Court Nomination Could Put the Americans With Disabilities Act in Danger - Rewire.News

"Advocates say that Judge Kavanaugh’s history is cause for concern in other arenas of significance to the disability community as well. “There are quite a few red flags in Judge Kavanaugh’s record that should concern the disability rights community,” Mathis told Rewire.News. 'Judge Kavanaugh has authored or joined many opinions that have significant negative implications for people with disabilities.' ...

It’s vital to note, too, that disability cuts across all identities—and therefore, all issues are disability issues. Wong told Rewire.News that 'Kavanaugh, who will most likely vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, will undermine civil rights for all marginalized communities. Health care, anti-discrimination laws, immigration, workers’ rights, you name it."

rewire.news On the anniversary of the ADA's passage, disability rights are increasingly in peril.


Shaun King

#justicefornia #sayhername #niawilson

As you may know, on late Sunday evening, while riding the train in Oakland, a white man targeted two young Black women on the train, without ever saying a word to them, and killed one – a beautiful young soul named Nia Wilson, an 18 year old high school student, and critically injured her sister – stabbing and slashing them both with a knife – then simply walking away.

I spent all day yesterday doing everything I could to make this story into national news and was prepared this morning to come on and talk about how we needed to work harder to find Nia’s killer, but I am glad to report that at about 6pm West Coast time, John Lee Cowell, a brutal man with a history of violence across his entire life, was arrested and charged with Nia’s murder.

I wanna comment on a few things about this case that grieve me.

Nia Wilson, above all, was a teenage girl. She was a high school senior – the exact same age of my oldest daughter. And yesterday, after just a few hours of sharing her story, I saw something truly sick starting to unfold. First, a local news station in the Bay Area shared an image of Nia holding what looked like a gun. Why did they share that image? What were they trying to convey? And, as it turns out, she wasn’t holding a gun in that image, it was a cell phone case with a gun handle. It was a basically a gag – and the local news showed it like it said something about Nia’s character. She literally posted nearly 1,000 wonderful photos of her life on Instagram and Facebook, and they chose that one.

Even in death, local news media finds a way to demean us. It’s why I believe so much in having our own outlets, our own platforms, our own morning shows, where we define our own stories and narratives without that type of ugliness.

Secondly, last night in Oakland thousands of people, including members of Nia’s own family, showed up to her outdoor vigil. Now I don’t need to explain this to our listeners, but this was a moment of pain, and grief, and support. And white supremacists from the group Proud Boys, wearing red Make American Great Again hats, literally showed up to interrupt the vigil.

Let me pause right here for a moment.

Never – in the entire history of this country – will you find an example of white people coming together to grieve the brutal murder of their loved one – the day after it happened – only to have their grief physically interrupted by belligerent Black folk telling them that they are worthless. It’s never happened. It never will happen.

How cruel, how evil, how heartless, how crass, how foul do you have to be, how rotten must you be from the inside out, how dry and dead must your soul be – to have the idea that you want to interrupt grieving people and demean them the day after their loved one was murdered?

I wanna linger here for a moment because I think it gives us a real glimpse into the sick psychology of exactly who we are dealing with and fighting against. They interrupt our grief because they don’t even really see us as fully human.

Let me close with this final thought.

This morning I saw the video of the arrest of John Lee Cowell. Police don’t draw their guns. They don’t slam him to the concrete and put their knees into his back while putting on his handcuffs. They don’t Taser him. They don’t choke him.

You’d think they were arresting a man for writing a bad check or stealing a shirt from a department store.

And so often after we see a horrible incident of police brutality against Black folk, we talk about how American police need more training and better training. I’ve said that myself, but police show us over and over and over again – with white men who are considered armed and dangerous – who’ve just brutally murdered people – that they are fully willing and able to remain calm, and cool, and collected, and methodical – whenever they feel like it.

All these years we thought they needed to be trained on how to make a peaceful arrest – and it turns out they’re great at it – even with the most vicious and violent murderers – if they’re white.

We’re not saying that the police should’ve beaten or choked or shot or maimed or Tasered this man, we’re saying that we want unarmed, non-violent Black folk to get the same treatment American police are so willing able to give dangerous white murderers.


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Texas Equal Access Fund - TEA Fund

Folks are going to work to make sure abortion is accessible, no matter what.

kcci.com 06/30/2018

Iowa Supreme Court rejects 72-hour abortion waiting period

kcci.com The Iowa Supreme Court has rejected a proposed 72-hour waiting period for abortions in the state.

ifwhenhow.org 06/28/2018

On Kennedy and SCOTUS: We're Mad. But the Fight Goes On, With You

ifwhenhow.org To fight for reproductive justice is to hold a lot of hard things all at once – things that didn't start with the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, and which we know all too well won't stop when he's gone. But we know something else: We know you.


The Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity

From the People’s Filibuster to the People’s Lawsuit: local Austin reproductive health, rights, and justice advocates are coming together NOW to announce more information about a historic lawsuit to advance abortion rights in Texas. Tune in! #FightBackTX

washingtonpost.com 05/26/2018

Ireland votes to overturn its abortion ban, ‘culmination of a quiet revolution,’ prime minister says

“In Ireland, seeking or providing an abortion has been punishable by up to 14 years in prison. Since 2013, there has been an exception for when a mother’s life is at risk.
‘I feel very emotional. I’m especially grateful to the women of Ireland who came forward to provide their personal testimony about the hard times that they endured, the stress and the trauma that they experienced because of the eighth amendment,’ said Ireland’s Minister for Children and youth affairs Katherine Zappone.”

washingtonpost.com Turnout was high in the historic referendum.


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