Hailey Cleek (JD ’19) wins 2018 Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights Law

Photo of Hailey Cleek (JD '19) posing outside the Worrell Professional Center

Hailey Cleek (JD '19)

Hailey Cleek (JD/MA ’19) is the first place winner of the 2018 Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights Law, co-sponsored by If/When/How, the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), and the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law (CRRJ).

Cleek, who is pursuing a dual MA in Bioethics degree along with her JD, is the co-president of the law school’s If/When/How student chapter, which she also helped establish.

Cleek’s paper, “Borders Across Bodies: Assessing the Balance of Expanding SCHIP Coverage at the Expense of Advancing Fetal Personhood,” was originally written for Professor Meghan Boone‘s reproductive rights course in Fall 2017. “I’m so proud of her,” Professor Boone says.

Cleek explains, “This piece explores the legal tensions at the intersection of fetal personhood and undocumented families’ access to Medicaid. I’m grateful for my classmates in my Human Reproduction and the Law class for their thoughtful debates throughout the semester, and I feel very fortunate that I had the opportunity to learn from Professor Boone. Her feedback challenged me to think critically and creatively.”

Cammie Dodson, professional development coordinator for If/When/How, wrote in an email announcement regarding the prize, “Your submission … stood out among an impressive showing by other writers. We received many excellent papers that demonstrated solid research, innovative ideas, sharp legal analysis, and excellent writing skills – and yours was the most remarkable.”

As the first place winner, Cleek will receive an award of $750 and a copy of the casebook, “Cases on Reproductive Rights and Justice.” In addition, If/When/How, CRR, and CRRJ will also link to the full text of the article on its website.

Cleek is also involved in the law school’s Pro Bono Project, serves as Senior Articles Editor for Wake Forest Law Review, and oversees the bioethics journal, “Awaken: The Creative Journal of Contemporary Bioethics,” which is dedicated to exploring and understanding the field of bioethics through the publication of creative, fictionalized short stories.