Sandra Fluke Speaks to UNH Law Students
On Wednesday, UNH Law hosted Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University Law Center grad who was called sexually derogatory names by talk show host Rush Limbaugh after Fluke testified to House Democrats in support of mandating insurance coverage for contraceptives.
Fluke, who graduated from Georgetown in the spring and who has been traveling the country in support of President Obama, spoke to students about why she decided to testify, how she handled the backlash, what it was like being thrust in the spotlight and how she is using this opportunity to advance the issues that she cares about most – ending domestic violence and human trafficking.
Fluke encouraged students to use their legal skills to understand the actual laws being proposed/implemented. As a student activist, she said, she tried to focus on the actual policies and proposals rather than just making emotional arguments.
UNH Law student Kerstin Cornell, who was in the audience, said, "It’s wonderful that Ms. Fluke was able to illustrate the agency that law students have to create change and impact the social and political discourse in the US. Events like this serve as an inspiration and jumping-off point for UNH Law students to become more politically and socially aware and to join in the long legacy of organizing at academic institutions.”
Fluke visited UNH Law at the invitation of the school’s Social Justice Institute, which aims to inspire and equip students to use their law degrees to advocate for and assist underserved and vulnerable populations and empower communities.
The institute’s director, Professor Erin Corcoran, said the event is typical of the kind of experience UNH Law offers its students.
"Sandra Fluke reminds us that law school is more than learning how to pass the bar; it is training for how to be a strong leader in our communities, how to be an agent for positive change and how to be an effective advocate on issues that matter most to us," she said.