April 25, 2014

Dockser Hall, 65 Forsyth Street, Boston, MA 02115

In recent years, the First Amendment’s free speech clause has played an increasingly critical role in the battle over reproductive rights. For example, states seeking to limit access to abortion have passed laws requiring abortion providers to inform women about the alleged mental health risks of abortion. These laws have been challenged in court as violating physicians’ rights to free speech.

On April 25, 2014, join prominent legal scholars and practitioners to explore the relationship between free speech and reproductive autonomy. Panel discussions will focus on key issues, including the rights of physicians to speak freely to their patients, the rights of abortion protesters to have their message heard and the way that courts should review the clash of rights.

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Schedule
All panel discussions will be held in 240 Dockser Hall

Friday, April 25, 2014

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Registration

Dockser Hall Foyer

1:00 - 1:10 PM

Introductions


Jeremy Paul
, Dean and Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law
Wendy E. Parmet, Associate Dean and Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law

1:10 - 2:15 PM

Panel 1: Understanding the Conflict

Glenn Cohen, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Jessie Hill, Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Research, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Renée Landers, Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School

Moderator:
Martha Davis, Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law

2:30 - 3:45 PM

Panel 2: Practitioners’ Perspectives

Marty Walz, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts
Brigitte Amiri '99, Senior Staff Attorney, Reproductive Freedom Project, American Civil Liberties Union
Julie Rikelman, Litigation Director, Center for Reproductive Rights

Moderator:
Aziza Ahmed, Associate Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Panel 3: The First Amendment and Professional Speech


Sonia Suter
, Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School
Robin Fretwell Wilson, Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law, Univervisty of Illinois College of Law

Moderator:
Wendy Parmet, Associate Dean and Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law

5:00 - 6:00 PM

Reception
Dockser Hall Commons