Melissa Murray to lead Berkeley Law reproductive rights center

Professor Melissa Murray sees the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice (CRRJ) as a tile that fits perfectly within Berkeley Law’s mosaic: ambitious, pioneering, and focused on using teaching and scholarship to make a meaningful impact on laws and policies that serve the public interest.

Melissa Murray

Melissa Murray

As CRRJ’s new faculty director, Murray wants to accelerate the already rapid progress the center has made since launching in July 2012, writes Andrew Cohen on the Berkeley Law website. The nation’s first law school think tank to focus on reproductive rights and justice issues, CRRJ examines the legal, economic, and social impact these issues have on women, families, and communities.

“We’ve served as a resource, liaison, and partner to reproductive rights and justice organizations in California and throughout the country,” Murray said. “Going forward, we hope to continue what we’ve been doing, but on a more expansive scale. We want to create a physical and virtual hub where advocates and scholars can create a community with others who are working on these issues, cross-pollinate ideas, and collaborate on projects.”

Since joining the Berkeley Law faculty in 2006, Murray has taught a range of courses that include Family Law, Criminal Law, and Constitutional Law. This fall, she will teach Reproductive Rights and Justice—which became oversubscribed soon after course enrollment began.

Read more about Murray and the CRRJ on the Berkeley Law website.

Learn more about the center on its website.