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  CRLP Legal Staff

Bebe Anderson
Luisa Cabal
Janet Crepps
Julia Ernst
Bonnie Scott Jones
Laura Katzive
Suzanne Novak
Linda Rosenthal
Erica Smock
Melissa Upreti
Christina Zampas

Bebe J. Anderson is a staff attorney with the Domestic Program of the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy. She joined CRLP in February 1998. While at CRLP, Ms. Anderson has challenged forced parental involvement laws in Florida and Oklahoma, Medicaid funding bans in Arizona and Indiana, “partial birth abortion” bans in Florida and Virginia, TRAP regulations in Louisiana and South Carolina, and an Arizona ban on the medical use of fetal tissue. Ms. Anderson has been a featured speaker on issues of minors’ access to reproductive health care and restrictions on the provision of reproductive services through managed health care systems.

Prior to joining CRLP, Ms. Anderson was the Co-Executive Director of the HIV Law Project, a not-for-profit legal services organization. Prior to that, she practiced civil litigation in California and New York as a partner at the California law firm of Erickson, Beasley, Hewitt & Wilson; a staff attorney with the Civil Division of the Legal Aid Society of New York City; and an associate with the law firm of Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam and Roberts.

Ms. Anderson is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and recipient of the Rosenman Prize. She received her Bachelor’s degree, in Biological Sciences, from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Luisa Cabal is a legal advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean with the International Program of the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy (CRLP). Cabal’s work focuses on international human rights and reproductive rights issues in Latin America and the Caribbean. She is involved in the analysis and research of the regional laws and policies that impact women’s reproductive rights, and supervises overseas collaborative projects in the Latin American and Caribbean region.

Prior to joining the CRLP, Ms. Cabal was a foreign associate in the Latin American Practice Group ad Gibson, Dunn, and Crutcher, LLP. Prior to that she served as a Consultant to the United Nations Development Program in Colombia, and as an Executive Assistant to the Director of the National Rehabilitation Plan, an initiative of the Presidency of Colombia.

Ms. Cabal is a Colombian attorney from the Universidad de los Andes, where she graduated with honors. She completed her LLM in 1997 at Columbia University’s School of Law. Ms. Cabal is a native speaker of Spanish and is fluent in English.

Janet Crepps is a staff attorney with the Domestic Program of the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy. Crepps’ litigation work at CRLP has included fighting bans on "partial-birth" abortion, parental consent requirements, and efforts to impose unnecessary and burdensome regulations on abortion providers. Crepps has also done extensive policy work in the area of reproductive rights. For five years she was the staff attorney responsible for CRLP’s State Program. In that position, she monitored state legislative activities relating to women’s reproductive health and choices, evaluating nationwide trends, preparing legal analyses, and providing pro-choice activists with strategic assistance. She has also served as the interim Director of CRLP’s Washington, D.C. office, working with Congress and agencies on issues affecting reproductive rights.

Before joining the CRLP in 1992, Crepps was a consultant for the Reproductive Freedom Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, and a lobbyist for the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho. A member of the bar in Alaska and South Carolina, as well as many federal courts, Crepps has served as an Assistant Public Defender in Anchorage, Alaska, and has worked in private practice. From 1983-1984, Crepps was a clerk for Judge James Singleton of the Alaska Court of Appeals. A 1983 graduate of the University of Washington Law School, Crepps received her Bachelor’s degree from the College of Idaho.

Julia Ernst has worked since 1999 as the international legislative counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of CRLP. The primary focus of Ernst's work is to promote women’s reproductive rights and a human rights framework within U.S. foreign policy. She accomplishes these goals through researching and analyzing federal legislation and regulations, lobbying Congress and the administration, and working with other organizations promoting women’s reproductive rights.

Ernst has been instrumental in CRLP’s multi-faceted campaign to eliminate the “global gag rule,” a U.S. restriction on international reproductive health and family planning assistance that violates freedom of speech, democratic principles, and women’s reproductive rights around the world. She also works on global reproductive rights issues such as U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) policies, international reproductive health and family planning funding levels, State Department human rights reporting, U.S. ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), and access to abortion by women in the U.S. military.

Ernst was previously a lawyer with Dickinson Wright, PLLC, in Detroit, Michigan practicing environmental law from 1995 through 1999, and served on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Justice Center and the Board of Trustees of Sojourner Foundation. She represented numerous pro bono clients on women’s rights issues, such as victims of domestic violence who needed temporary restraining orders, minors who required judicial bypass waivers to be able to obtain abortions, and a public interest organization for survivors of childhood sexual assault with the process of becoming incorporated as a tax-exempt organization. Ernst received her law degree and master’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan and her bachelor’s degree from Yale University. She is a co-founder of the Michigan Journal of Gender and Law, and wrote an article for the Journal on “U.S. Ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.”

Bonnie Scott Jones, a graduate of Yale Law School, joined the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy in the Fall of 1996 as a legal fellow and was promoted to staff attorney in September of 1997. She has published articles on legal issues surrounding medical abortion, emergency contraception, and the targeted regulation of abortion providers (TRAP). She co-authored the CRLP publication "Family Planning in Guatemala: an Unfulfilled Human Right". Jones has brought litigation including challenging TRAP regulations in South Carolina and Arizona, “partial-birth” abortion bans in West Virginia and Wisconsin, and Medicaid abortion funding bans in Florida and Texas. Prior to her fellowship, Ms. Scott Jones was a law clerk, first in the Massachusetts Superior Court in Boston and then for the Honorable Mary Johnson Lowe of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. While in law school, she was the Executive Editor for the Yale Journal of Law and Liberation and worked at the Temporary Restraining Order Clinic for Battered Women.

Laura Katzive, legal advisor for global projects, participates in CRLP’s advocacy at the United Nations and coordinates program research on global laws and policies addressing abortion, female genital mutilation, and maternal mortality.

In 2001, Katzive traveled to Nepal with Melissa Upreti, legal advisor for Asia, to document the human rights abuses stemming from Nepal’s abortion law, one of the most restrictive in the world. In addition to co-authoring Abortion in Nepal: Women Imprisoned, Katzive is co-authoring a report on maternal mortality in Mali.

Katzive has also collaborated on other CRLP publications, such as the Women of the World series; Reproductive Rights 2000: Moving Forward; and Female Genital Mutilation: A Guide to Laws and Policies Worldwide (Zed Books). In addition, she co-authored “A Global Review of Laws on Induced Abortion, 1985-1997” published in International Family Planning Perspectives in June 1998.

Prior to becoming a legal advisor at CRLP, Katzive served as a legal fellow for two years. While a law student, Katzive served as a legal intern at CRLP and at the United Nations Centre for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland (now called the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights).

Katzive is a member of the Bar of the State of New York. She received a Juris Doctor in 1997 from Cornell Law School and Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International and Comparative Law from the same institution in 1998. In 1997, she was awarded Cornell Law School’s Freeman Award for Civil and Human Rights. Katzive received her Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in History in 1992 from Haverford College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She is fluent in French.

Suzanne Novak is a staff attorney with the Domestic Program of the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy (CRLP). Originally, Novak started her work with CRLP as a Blackmun fellow from October 1998 through December 2000. She currently litigates reproductive rights cases around the country including a challenge to Alaska’s parental consent law for a minor’s abortion.

Prior to joining CRLP, Novak worked as a litigation associate for Arnold & Porter in New York. She also clerked for the Honorable Stephen M. McNamee, of the U.S. District Court in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition to these professional experiences, Novak was a student attorney for the Civil Rights Clinic at New York University and a legal intern with the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division in Washington, D.C. and Prisoner’s Legal Services of New York.

Novak graduated with honors from New York University School of Law, where she earned her Juris Doctor and received an award for community service from the Student Bar Association. She received her B.S. in Economics with honors in 1992 from the University of Pennsylvania.

Linda A. Rosenthal, a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, joined the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy as a Staff Attorney in June 1999. Ms. Rosenthal clerked for the Honorable Sarah Evans Barker, Chief Judge, of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana and, after her clerkship, was a Georgetown Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow at the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. Ms. Rosenthal currently represents the plaintiff in Victoria W. v. Larpenter, a case in which CRLP’s client was denied an abortion while she was incarcerated in a Louisiana parish jail. Ms. Rosenthal successfully defended at trial the Red River Woman’s Clinic in Fargo, North Dakota which was sued for false advertising based on a brochure that states that there is no established connection between abortion and breast cancer. The lawsuit was the first of its kind in the country.

Erica Smock is legislative counsel for the Domestic Program at the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy (CRLP). In this position, Smock conducts in-depth legal analysis on proposed state and federal legislation related to women's reproductive rights. In addition, she provides assistance to state activists and lawmakers through legal analysis, testimony, and strategy development.

Prior to CRLP, Smock worked as a regional staff attorney for the Northwest Women’s Law Center in Seattle. She also represented low-income clients at Legal Aid Services of Oregon and served as a judicial clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and for the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. In addition to these professional experiences, Smock was a volunteer attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Indian Reservation where she helped to establish domestic violence legal services center. She also worked internationally as a volunteer attorney in Nairobi, Kenya for the National Commission on the Status of Women, and as a summer associate at Chris Watters & Associates in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Smock was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar at Columbia University School of Law where she received her Juris Doctor in 1995. She graduated magna cum laude from Brown University, and was a recipient of the Starr Fellowship Award for outstanding public service.

Melissa Upreti is the legal advisor for Asia with the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy's International Program where she is developing the organization's involvement in reproductive rights in South Asia. In addition to last year’s fact-finding mission for Abortion in Nepal: Women Imprisoned, she traveled for five weeks in Nepal, Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka in preparation for the forthcoming report Women of the World: South Asia. The purpose of the trip was to introduce the project to the region and search out collaborators. The acclaimed Women of the World reports are a global series detailing local laws, policies and quality of life statistics as they relate to women's reproductive health and rights.

Upreti is a former Program Officer at The Asia Foundation in Nepal where she co-managed the legal rights component of their women’s empowerment program and designed a legal curriculum entitled Rights, Responsibilities and Advocacy addressing a wide range of women’s issues. An attorney with an LL.B from North Bengal University in India and an LL.M from Columbia Law School, she has had significant experience in public interest and women's rights law in South Asia. Prior to her work at CRLP, Upreti worked as a researcher and legal counselor on a pro bono basis, for Nepal’s oldest feminist legal organization, the Legal Aid and Consultancy Center. Upreti also worked as an assistant to a Senior Advocate in the Supreme Court of Nepal, on matters involving family law and property rights. Upreti earned her LL.M degree at Columbia Law School as a Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholar where she was also elected a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar for academic excellence. While at Columbia Law School, Upreti was the LL.M. representative for Columbia Law Women’s Association. She is also the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship.

Christina Zampas is the legal advisor for Europe in the International Program of the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy. Her work focuses on the achievement of reproductive health care and rights for women in Europe, with a concentration on East Central Europe and the CIS.

Zampas was a Fellow with the Soros Foundation in Bucharest where she monitored and evaluated human rights abuses against the Roma. Prior to this, she studied at the School of Public Administration in Budapest, Hungary, where she researched and analyzed laws on national and ethnic minorities. Zampas was also a visiting lecturer in Russian universities with the Civic Education Project, Yale University and the Constitutional and Legal Policy Institute, Budapest. As a visiting lecturer, she taught international and US constitutional law at the law faculties of Ekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara and Saratov Universities.

Most recently, Zampas has worked with Parliamentarians for Global Action as Senior Program Officer for their Population and Sustainable Development program. She has also worked with the Carnegie Corporation of New York in the area of women’s health and development, focusing on women’s legal rights in sub-Saharan Africa.

Zampas, a member of the New York bar, received her J.D. from Syracuse University Law School in 1994. Her studies focused on international law with an emphasis on human rights law. While at Syracuse, Zampas undertook research on constitutional law, legislative processes and national security law. In 1989 she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Douglass College, Rutgers University.

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