Past Events

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.

January 26 Thursday

ISP Ideas Lunch--Jen Keighley on use of experts in reproductive justice litigation

On Thursday, January 26, Jen Keighley (YLS '10) from Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Litigation & Law department will be here to discuss the role of expert evidence in reproductive justice litigation.

October 20 Thursday

Harm Reduction, Reproductive Justice and Democratic Action

This project focuses on the harm reduction and safe abortion practices of feminist movements, such as abortion hotlines, and their direct action and guerilla tactics including postering, street art, and public spectacle. Within these movements, access to information as a harm reduction measure is practiced as part of a larger struggle to challenge the state and its authority. Harm reduction seeks to radically disrupt and decenter public power, and inspired by a collective freedom, to construct new and alternative ways of caring and living.

October 11 Tuesday

PSRJ/LSRJ Lecture Series -- Louise Melling

Louise Melling, Deputy Legal Director and Director of the Center for Liberty at the ACLU, will explore the different way in which the public has viewed refusals to serve LGBT people for reasons of faith versus refusals to serve women seeking reproductive health services motivated by religious beliefs.

September 28 Wednesday

SCOTUS Talks Abortion: Unpacking the Supreme Court’s Decision in Whole Woman’s Health

A panel with Reva Siegel, Linda Greenhouse, and Stephanie Toti, and moderated by Cilla Smith