Past Events

March 27 Wednesday

Abortion Laws and Lawsuits in the Kavanaugh Era

After the confirmation of Justice Kavanaugh, many have predicted the reversal, or at least the complete hollowing out, of Roe v. Wade in near future. Indeed, despite the Supreme Court’s stay of a restrictive Louisiana abortion law last month, there are at least 20 abortion cases that are currently in the pipeline to the highest court, any of which could gut women’s right to reproductive autonomy. What are the devils hidden in the details of so-called “TRAP” and other anti-abortion laws? What are the up-to-date states and prospects of related lawsuits?

February 26 Tuesday

We Will Be Citizens: from AIDS Activism to Mobilizing for Global Health Justice, Gregg Gonsalves, Asst. Prof. Yale School of Public Health

Abstract: In public health, we talk about how social and economic determinants drive health outcomes. But what if we go further and think about how the social and economic policies that make us sick are established in the first place? This takes us into politics, how we are governed and by whom, into the political determinants of health. The AIDS epidemic provides a lesson in the collision of late 20th century free-market fundamentalism, the politics of race, gender and sexuality with a new, deadly virus.

November 1 Thursday

The Green Tsunami: Abortion Struggles and Feminism in Argentina

Violeta Canaves, Professor of Constitutional Law (Universidad Nacional del Litoral) LL.M. '15 and JSD Candidate (Yale Law School). Expert Witness during the Argentine House of Representatives hearings on the Decriminalization of Abortion Bill (2018)

October 15 Monday

Pregnancy, Power, and Professional Speech: NIFLA v. Becerra and the Deregulatory Uses of the First Amendment

Professors Robert Post and Amy Kapczynski will be joined by Julie Rikelmen, Senior Director, Litigation at the Center for Reproductive Rights, to discuss last summer’s opinion in NIFLA v. Becerra, 585 U.S. ---, 138 S. Ct.

March 20 Tuesday

Undue Burden in a Post-Truth World

David Brown will discuss litigants’ and the courts’ application of the undue burden standard recently clarified by the Supreme Court in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstetedt, 136 S.Ct. 2292 (2016) in ongoing litigation against anti-abortion laws around the country.

January 18 Thursday

Litigating in the Age of Trump: Challenging Emerging Restrictions on Reproductive Rights, Genevieve Scott, Center for Reproductive Rights

Genevieve Scott is a Senior Staff Attorney with the Center for Reproductive Rights where she brings impact litigation challenges to restrictions on women’s reproductive rights.  Prior to joining the Center, Genevieve served as a law clerk to the Honorable Helene N. White of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, as an attorney at the ACLU of Michigan, as a Resident Policy Fellow in the Program for the Study of Reproductive Justice at Yale Law School, and an as Associate at Mayer Brown, LLP.

December 1 Friday

A Law Stories Convening: Reproductive Rights and Justice

The Information Society Project Announces:

 A Law Stories Convening: Reproductive Rights and Justice


 Panel 1 (8:30 – 10:15)

 Griswold (Murray) (Commentator: Franklin)

 Struck (N. Siegel) (Commentator: Mayeri)

  Roe (R. Siegel) (Commentator: Bagenstos)

 Moderator: Smith


 15 min break


 Panel 2 (10:30 – 12:15)

Harris (Bridges) (Commentator: Shaw)

March 1 Wednesday

Black Mamas Matter: Maternal Mortality and Racial Disparities in Maternal Care

Black women are four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than white women. Maternal mortality rates in Texas are the highest in the entire developed world, driven in part by a disproportionate number of black women dying from giving birth.

February 7 Tuesday

Panel Discussion in Conjunction with Dr. Rebecca Gomperts, Gruber Distinguished Lecture in Global Justice

The discussion entitled, “Accessing Abortion in a Hostile Climate,” with Dr. Gomperts will take place in the Faculty Lounge. Invited discussants include Violeta Canaves (Yale Law), Cherisse Scott (Sisterreach), Farah Diaz-Tello (UC Berkeley Law, SIA). Dr. Rebecca Gomperts and Prof. Joanna Erdman (Schulich Law/Dalhousie) will serve as respondents. So that we may plan accordingly, we ask that you RSVP by January 17, 2017 at the following link:

February 7 Tuesday

Accessing Abortion in a Hostile Climate

The panel, Accessing Abortion in a Hostile Climate, will be open to the Yale University community as well as the general public and will run from 12:15 to 1:30 pm.  The panel will examine how information and services are obtained in settings hostile to abortion, and the legal and health implications of these actions.