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Sara Wilkinson ('10) Wins Award For Women's Rights Paper

MAY 3, 2010—Sara Wilkinson ('10) received a second-place award from Law Students For Reproductive Justice (LSRJ.org) for a paper entitled, "Redefining 'Life' in the Mexican Abortion Debate."

LSRJ is a national non-profit organization dedicated to promoting reproductive rights, including access to reproductive healthcare prenatal care, contraception, and education on reproductive choices. LSRJ has 82 student chapters across the country. The organization offers the annual Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship to encourage student advocacy and exploration in the areas of reproductive rights and justice.

Wilkinson's paper, initially written for the Law School's Women's International Human Rights Seminar, gained support from the International Women's Rights Action Watch, an international resource and communications center affiliated with the University's Human Rights Center.

In the summer of 2009, the paper was submitted as an amicus brief to the Mexican Supreme Court for a constitutional case on the abortion issue and the definition of life. The case is still pending.

Wilkinson credits Juan Carlos Arjona Estevez, a 2008-09 Humphrey Fellow, for encouraging her to explore the topic and to create the amicus brief.

"I would encourage students to consider this type of work in conjunction with professors and visiting international students/lawyers," Wilkinson says. "It was an invaluable experience for me, and it's yet another reason why I love having international students and professors at the Law School."

Two other Law School students, Ashley Wenger ('07) and Hannah Stein ('05), have placed in the LSRJ competition since its inception in 2005.

Portrait of Sara Wilkinson

Sara Wilkinson, '10