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January 26 Thursday

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

  • Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 12:10PM - 1:10PM
  • Baker Hall 436
  • Open To The YLS Community Only
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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.

In recent years, states have come to rely on a cottage industry of anti-choice “experts” in defending restrictive laws and regulations. These experts testify about everything from mental health impacts of abortion to breast cancer risks to adolescent psychology, but their data are frequently misleading, intentionally misrepresented, or patently false. Parsing “expert” claims and debunking bad science have become crucial aspects of reproductive justice lawyering. Jen will discuss how to handle everything from expert reports and declarations to depositions and trial testimony in this fascinating legal environment.