Law School Events

The Center's Law School Initiative works with a range of partners to host scholarly convenings to generate and explore new approaches to reproductive rights and human rights. Events range from informal roundtables to panel discussions and full-day academic symposia. We also work with law students and community organizations to sponsor conferences, career panels, classes, and other events.

Upcoming Events

October 30, 2015 - Symposium at NYU School of Law
Please join us on October 30, 2015 at 9:00am at NYU School of Law for What’s the Harm?: Understanding Reproductive Injustice. This day-long symposium will explore overly restrictive reproductive healthcare laws, and reframe the “harm” of these laws by looking at women’s experience with pregnancy, birthing, abortion, access to healthcare, and the criminal justice system. We will look at how these laws impact the practice of medicine, the doctor-patient relationship, and patient choice and dignity.  More info here.


Past Events

April 17, 2015 - Symposium at Case Western Reserve School of Law
On April 17, 2015, the Center cosponsored the 2015 Law Medicine Conference: The Rhetoric of Reproduction at Case Western University School of Law.  This symposium explored the ways in which courts, commentators and advocates have framed reproductive rights, rhetorically and doctrinally. Are reproductive rights best conceptualized as an aspect of privacy, liberty, or equality? How has the framing of abortion restrictions and protecting women’s health led to greater success for the anti-abortion movement? Is the use of contraception best understood as basic health care or as a morally fraught decision? How have sex- and race-selective bancs sought to exploit fears of eugenics and ultimately deny the agency of women of color? These and other issues were considered as panelists discussed the doctrinal, political, and rhetorical construction of reproductive rights. You can watch the full live cast including the Distinguished Lecture by Michele Bratcher Goodwin, Chancellor’s Professor of Law & Director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy at UC Irvine School of Law.

March 4, 2015 - Webinar Series with LSRJ & Ipas
We're partnering with the Law Students for Reproductive Rights to bring you another webinar series this spring! Join us for “The World's Abortion Laws Map,” the first webinar of the series on Wednesday, March 4th at 4pm PT/7pm ET. You can find details here.

February 13, 2015 - Reproductive Rights in a New Era
You’re invited to the upcoming symposium, “Reproductive Rights in a New Era: Transitioning from Casey to the 21st Century” on Friday, February 13th at Penn Law School.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Reproductive Rights and Penn Law Students for Reproductive Justice, this symposium will explore the reproductive rights issues that advocates have faced, are facing, and will face during the transition into the 21st Century and a new era of reproductive rights and justice advocacy. We will begin with the Supreme Court’s 1992 decision in Planned Parenthood v. Casey and then move to some of today’s most pressing issues including high-impact litigation strategies post-McCullen and Hobby Lobby; work being done to combat restrictive legislation; and finally, the affirmative legislation and advocacy strategies aimed at securing reproductive rights in the futureThe day will conclude with a keynote address from Lynn Paltrow, the Executive Director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women.