Rebecca Berry joined ERA as a Ruth Chance Law Fellow in September 2018. As a member of the legal team at ERA, she serves as a Staff Attorney and helps oversee the Advice and Counseling Program, assists other attorneys with litigation and special projects, and participates in public education efforts.
Prior to joining ERA, Rebecca was an If/When/How Lawyering for Reproductive Justice Fellow at the Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI), a national organization based in Washington, DC dedicated solely to improving the health and wellness of the nation’s 21 million Black women and girls. There, Rebecca helped evaluate and develop national and state policies addressing issues most critical to Black women’s health, especially regarding: breast and cervical cancers, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, intimate partner violence and sexual assault, maternal and reproductive health. She also took lead on drafting the organization’s first ever Black women’s health policy agenda which was released in early September 2018.
Rebecca graduated from USC Gould School of Law in 2017, where she was the inaugural student in the highly selective 3+3 Accelerated Bachelor/JD program. She served as Submissions Editor for the Southern California Review of Law and Social Justice and Vice President of the Black Law Student Association. Rebecca was also active in her law school’s National Lawyers Guild chapter, Street Law, and the Public Interest Law Foundation, and served as the law school liaison to the Provost’s advisory committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. She has worked as a summer law clerk in Public Counsel’s Impact Litigation department, as well as Advancement Project’s national office. Before law school, Rebecca worked as JusticeCorps member where she helped self-represented litigants navigate the CA court system.