August 4, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM EDT

Two long-time friends and professors of law discuss the recent surprising Supreme Court rulings.

Presented by Mielle Marquis, Northeastern Law's director of external relations. 

Professor Emerita Judy Brown and Matthews Distinguished University Professor Wendy Parmet connected over Zoom on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. Both of these legal powerhouses have taught Constitutional Law extensively and, although Brown retired in 2001, she still teaches Con Law in continuing education programs at the University of Arizona and up until last year at Dartmouth as well. Parmet is a nationally known health law expert and head of Northeastern Law's Center for Health Policy and Law.

Brown and Parmet may have seemed formidable in class, but this conversation followed a more casual format: two old friends musing over the recent rulings.


Judy BrownJudy Brown graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1962 and from Boston College Law School in 1965.  She won numerous academic honors at both schools and was the Articles Editor of the Boston College Law Review.

Judy Brown was one of the first women to serve as a law clerk to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, to be appointed to the board of directors of the Boston Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and to achieve the position of tenured professor at Northeastern University School of Law, where she taught for almost 30 years. Her scholarly focus was on equality for women and people of color and her efforts in the classroom and the courtroom to expand legal and civil rights for women and minorities defined her professional life. In addition to traditional scholarship, Brown drafted numerous civil rights statutes and authored several amicus briefs in her areas of expertise.

Retired from Northeastern since 2001, Brown now teaches constitutional law courses in continuing education programs at Dartmouth College and the University of Arizona. She also co-founded and is actively involved in the Women in the Law program and conference at Northeastern. In 2013, Brown was selected to receive the prestigous Lelia J. Robinson Award by the Women's Bar Association.

Wendy ParmetWendy Parmet, a leading expert on health, disability and public health law, directs the law school’s Center for Health Policy and Law as well as its JD/MPH programs. She also holds a joint appointment with Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs in recognition of her national leadership in interdisciplinary thinking and problem solving on issues related to health care. In addition, she is co-editor of the law school’s SSRN online publications, Human Rights and the Global Economy and the Northeastern University School of Law Public Law and Legal Theory Paper Series. In 2016, Professor Parmet was honored with the prestigious Jay Healey Health Law Teachers Award by the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics (ASLME) at its annual conference

Professor Parmet has published articles on public health, bioethics, discrimination, health law and AIDS law. She is co-author of The Health of Newcomers: Immigration, Health Policy, and the Case for Global Solidarity (NYU Press, 2017) and Ethical Health Care (Prentice Hall, 2005); author of Populations, Public Health, and the Law (Georgetown University Press, 2009); and co-editor of Debates on U.S. Health Care (Sage Press, 2012).