Jill E. Adams

executive director, Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice, Berkeley Law

Jill E. Adams is the founding executive director of the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law, which propels law and policy solutions by connecting people and ideas across the academic-advocate divide. Through the work of the Center, Adams seeks to realize reproductive rights and advance reproductive justice by furthering scholarship, bolstering advocacy efforts, and influencing legal and social science discourse through innovative research, teaching and convenings. Prior to joining Berkeley Law, Adams was executive director of Law Students for Reproductive Justice for six years, guiding its transformation from a fledging organization to a sustainable institution and influential force in the national reproductive health, rights and justice movement. She currently serves as vice president of the California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom and board treasurer of Reproductive Health Technologies Project, as well as advisor to Nursing Students for Choice and other organizations. Adams is executive editor of Cases on Reproductive Rights and Justice, the first legal textbook on the subject, and she recently co-authored “A Travesty of Justice: Revisiting Harris v. McRae” (William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law). She is the youngest person to have received the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Fellowship in the award’s history. Adams holds a bachelor of journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia and a J.D. from UC Berkeley. She is licensed by the State Bar of California.