Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program Staff
Jill C. Morrison is the Executive Director of the Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program (WLPPFP), and Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa (LAWA) Program. She also teaches the LAWA seminar, where each of the LLM candidates develops a thesis focusing on a particular human rights issue. Jill returns to the program after thirteen years with the National Women's Law Center, where she began her work as a 1998-1999 WLPPF under the sterling leadership of Mary Hartnett, who remains in the Fellowship family as an advisory board member. At the Center, Jill developed an expertise in the reproductive health law and policy. She developed legal theories to protect and advance access to comprehensive reproductive health services, and to protect the rights of vulnerable pregnant and parenting women.
Prior to joining the Center, Jill served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Sterling Johnson Jr., Eastern District of New York. She also spent a year at the Women's Law Project as a Philadelphia Bar Foundation Fellow, and in private practice with Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll. At Yale Law School, Jill was an editor of the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism and President of the Black Law Students' Association. She received her undergraduate degree in Journalism from Rutgers University.
Jill currently serves on the Advisory Board of Law Students for Reproductive Justice, and as Vice Chair of the Board of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. As the Director of the Program, she brings her unique perspective as a former fellow, along with extensive knowledge of Washington's vibrant public interest community and a passion for mentoring law students and new attorneys.
Meghan Morris joined WLPPFP in the summer of 2011 after spending over four years on Capitol Hill covering health care, education, judiciary, and women's policy issues for Congressman Stephen F. Lynch. In addition to her work on the Hill on behalf of women and children, she has worked on domestic violence issues in the DC area, and she traveled to China where she completed a project on international women's rights issues. Meghan is in her final year of law school in the evening division here at Georgetown Law, and most recently worked as a Summer Associate at K&L Gates LLP in Boston.
Amber Robinson recently joined WLPPFP in Fall 2012. She is a third-year law student here at Georgetown and she spent part of the past summer in Lima, Peru working for a law firm specializing in international arbitration. Amber also interned at Kohn, Kohn, and Colapinto, working on whistleblower protection and defense, and she focused on Freedom of Information Act advocacy at the National Whistleblower Center. She conducted research of women on death row in the southeast region for the Georgetown Innocence Project and served as the 1L Chair of the Human Rights Practical Committee, which helps the other Georgetown Human Rights Action committees facilitate meetings, engage in leadership and advocacy, and practice effective communication and team building. This past year, she helped organize the Foreign Corrupt Practices Panel held at Georgetown last March.
Erin Hammers joined WLPPFP in 2012 after graduating from Georgetown University Law Center. During law school, Erin participated in the Harrison Institute for Public Law Policy Clinic, where she performed legal and policy analysis to help her client make school lunches more healthful, more regional, and more sustainable. She also served as co-president of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, and as a Student Representative to the Student Bar Association. Prior to law school, Erin received her Master in Public Health from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and worked on issues such as genomics, rare disease, and emergency preparedness at the Institute of Medicine.