October 15 Monday

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

  • Monday, October 15, 2018 at 12:05PM - 1:30PM
  • Room 121
  • Open To The Yale Community
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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. 2361 (2018), their thoughts about deregulatory uses of the First Amendment, the Court’s treatment of “professional speech,” and what, if anything, the case means for regulation of physician speech, including the speech of abortion providers.  Please read NIFLA v. Becerra, 585 U.S. ---, 138 S. Ct. 2361 (2018), before attending. 


Amy Kapczynski is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School, Faculty Co-Director of the Global Health Justice Partnership, and Faculty Co-Director of the Collaboration for Research Integrity and Transparency. Her areas of research include information policy, intellectual property law, international law, and global health. She is the editor of Access to Knowledge in the Age of Intellectual Property (with Gaelle Krikorian) (2010), and the author of numerous articles and essays.

Robert Post is a Sterling Professor of Law at Yale Law School, and served as the School's 16th dean, from 2009 until 2017. Post’s subject areas are constitutional law, First Amendment, legal history, and equal protection. He has written and edited numerous books, including Citizens Divided: A Constitutional Theory of Campaign Finance Reform (2014), and articles, including “Roe Rage: Democratic Constitutionalism and Backlash” (with Reva Siegel, Harvard Civil-Rights Civil-Liberties Law Review, 2007), and “Subsidized Speech” (Yale Law Journal, 1996).

Julie Rikelman is Senior Director of Litigation at the Center for Reproductive Rights. Julie has overseen the Center’s litigation challenging restrictions on abortion since 2012, and was the lead attorney challenging laws requiring invasive ultrasounds for abortion under the First Amendment. Prior to returning to the Center in 2011, she was Vice President, Litigation at NBC Universal. She clerked for the Hon. Morton I. Greenberg of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Hon. Dana A. Fabe of the Alaska Supreme Court. Julie graduated with honors from Harvard Law School and Harvard College.


Sponsoring Organization(s)

ISP, PSRJ, GHJP, Solomon Center, U.S. Health Justice Collaborative, Yale Medical Students for Choice