Allyson Crays ’24 Awarded Maeve McKean Fellowship


02.21.24 — Allyson Crays ’24 has been selected as a 2024 Maeve McKean Women’s Law and Public Policy–O’Neill Institute Fellow. During her one-year fellowship, which will be split between the National Health Law Program (NHeLP) and the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center, Crays will focus on reproductive and sexual health policy advocacy and research, as well increasing access to Medicaid. Maeve McKean fellows build on McKean’s legacy of dedication to public service and a legal career devoted to serving others. The O’Neill Institute hosts one Maeve McKean fellow each year.

As a Maeve McKean Fellow, Crays will also participate in educational programming such as professional development trainings and seminars on current women’s legal issues organized by the Women’s Law & Public Policy Fellow Program (WLPPFP) at Georgetown University Law Center.

“I am incredibly honored to kickstart my legal career through this fellowship and look forward to fighting for access to necessary reproductive healthcare informed by reproductive justice principles,” said Crays, who is currently on co-op with Reproductive Equity Now as a legal intern.

Crays is executive board chair of Northeastern Law's If/When/How chapter and serves as an editor of the Northeastern Law Review’s online forum. She is also vice chair of the board of directors of the global menstrual equity organization PERIOD and is a member of the Massachusetts Menstrual Equity Coalition. Crays took third place in the If/When/How 2022 Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights and Justice for her paper on the “Limitations of Menstrual Equity Advocacy and a Path Towards Justice.”

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