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If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice

Penn If/When/How fights to ensure that all people can decide if, when, and how to create and sustain families. Our board and volunteers advocate for reproductive rights and reproductive justice, support dynamic legal organizations, and provide a critically needed direct legal service to young people seeking abortion care.  Penn If/When/How is an engaged chapter of the national legal advocacy organization If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice. We also collaborate with the Women’s Law Project, the Public Defender’s Office, Planned Parenthood, and the Philadelphia Women’s Center. Our New York Bar eligible pro bono opportunities are judicial bypass and legal research. In Pennsylvania, individuals younger than eighteen must get parental consent to obtain an abortion. If they do not have a parent able or willing to consent, they must petition a judge to issue an court order allowing them to get a  Our volunteers help these young individuals at clinics fill out the necessary judicial bypass paperwork and schedule them with attorney for their hearing. Volunteers attend a mandatory training before signing up for judicial bypass shifts. A spreadsheet is emailed out with available shifts (one-two hours), and volunteers can select shifts depending on their schedule (no minimum). This is an incredibly rewarding way to connect with our broader Philadelphia community and work directly with individuals who need legal assistance. Research assignments are emailed out as they become available and are assigned at a first come, first serve basis. Many research assignments focus heavily on constitutional litigation, and are therefore limited to 2/3Ls. Volunteers who choose to do research can have a systemic impact on access to reproductive justice in Pennsylvania and nationwide. If/When/How has also started partnering with Penn’s Medical Students for Choice and Nursing Students for Sexual and Reproductive Health collaborate on advocacy and education for future reproductive health and abortion care providers and their patients.

 

Student Leaders

Anya Perret Co-Chair, Resource & Development
Alyssa Chai Co-Chair, Events
Erin Quick JB Director
John Plotz Education & Advocacy Director
Kirsten Valania JB Coordinator
Mariel Mussack Events Coordinator
Monica Murphy Research Coordinator
Anne Corbett Education & Advocacy Coordinator
Sabrina Merold Resource & Development Coordinator