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February 11, 2014

Replicating Success

Oregon Law's Allison Rackley brings reproductive justice to Wake Forest University

In 2012, Allison Rackley helped reinvigorate Oregon Law's chapter of Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ). Now completing her third year of law school, in her home state of North Carolina, as a visiting student at Wake Forest University, Rackley has replicated her previous success. 

LSRJ gives reproductive justice a presence and reproductive justice advocates a community at more than 80 law schools across North America. The group's mission is to educate and organize law students to ensure that a new generation of advocates will be prepared to protect and expand reproductive rights, such as a woman's right to choose and improved access to contraceptives, as basic civil and human rights.

Rackley worked on Oregon Law's LSRJ chapter in her second year, which complemented her passion for public interest law, specifically women's rights and the reproductive justice movement. While at Oregon, Rackley served as a member of the law school's Women's Law Forum and served on the executive board of the Public Interest Public Service student group. Rackley also was involved with the Oregon Law Students Public Interest Fund while at Oregon Law.

Rackley's work with LSRJ at Oregon included raising awareness of the organization on campus by maintaining active tabling and event presence. However, she attributes the success of Oregon Law's LSRJ to the passion of its members and Oregon's cooperative and collaborative culture.

"There's an amazing culture at Oregon Law of organizations co-sponsoring events, which is representative of the school's cooperative and collaborative culture, and strengthens the success of all student groups," says Rackley.

Now at Wake Forest, Rackley has implemented a LSRJ chapter. To replicate her success at Oregon, she has been networking with other students to create a strong base of membership among 1Ls and 2Ls that will continue establishing LSRJ.

"This year at Wake Forest I have tried to focus on co-sponsoring events with other student groups, and attracting large numbers of 1Ls and 2Ls to establish a strong base of membership," says Rackley.

Throughout this year a majority of Rackley's time will be spent developing the organization so that its success will continue after she graduates in the spring.

Rackley attributes her success at Wake Forest to her experiences at Oregon Law during her first two years of law school.

"My educational experiences at Oregon Law definitely prepared me to spend my 3L year at Wake Forest Law. The community-focused nature of the law school, its students, faculty, and staff, assists in preparing Oregon Law students to be successful at any law school."

Rackley aspires to work for an organization such as NARAL or Planned Parenthood in North Carolina.

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