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Student focuses on reproductive rights litigation

Violet Rush is a community activist who decided to go to law school so that she may become a reproductive rights litigator. As a founding member of the If/When/How student chapter at The University of Tulsa College of Law, Rush’s goal is to help create a positive change in the community. If/When/How is a national nonprofit that trains, networks and mobilizes law students and legal professionals to work within the legal system to champion reproductive justice.

Prior to attending TU Law, Rush served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member with the Native Youth Wellness Corps Project in New Mexico. “I decided to go back to law school as an adult because I believe I can make a greater impact as a reproductive rights attorney,” said Rush who plans to fight unconstitutional legislation at the appellate level. “I chose The University of Tulsa College of Law because the professors and staff are supportive even if your path is not traditional. There is a great sense of intellectual freedom at TU Law,” said Rush.

While attending TU Law, Rush will participate in the Community Advocacy Clinic which trains future lawyers and promote access to justice by representing client organizations and individuals solving problems inside and outside the courtroom.

Rush will also be serving on the Society of American Law Teachers’ (SALT) Student Advisory Council through 2018. SALT is a community of progressive law teachers working for justice, diversity and academic excellence. Members of the organization file statements of position relating to legal education, hold teaching conferences focusing on pedagogy and law school engagement centered on social justice issues, and host a series of public interest and social justice retreats for law students.

Previously, Rush served as the Board President of the Oklahoma Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and as the Strategic Planning Chairperson of the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice. In addition, she worked as a fund development specialist at CAP Tulsa, and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s in anthropology and linguistics.