The fortieth anniversary of Roe v. Wade has generated substantial scholarly and media efforts to evaluate the decision and its continuing impact. "Roe at 40 – The Controversy Continues," a symposium to be held on November 7-8, 2013, at Washington and Lee University School of Law, will contribute to the ongoing debate about the significance of the Roe decision.

The Symposium was made possible by the efforts and financial support of the Frances Lewis Law Center, the Provost's Office of Washington and Lee University, University Faculty for Life, and the Washington and Lee Law Review. To promote the Symposium’s ongoing impact on the abortion debate, the Washington and Lee Law Review has committed to publish all articles prepared for the event.

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Thursday, November 7th
3:15 PM


3:15 PM

3:30 PM

Session 1

Clarke Forsythe, Americans United for Life
David Garrow, University of Pittsburgh - Main Campus
Samuel W. Calhoun, Washington and Lee University School of Law
Mary Ziegler, Florida State University

Millhiser Moot Court Room

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Professor Brian Murchison moderates this session. Panelists will speak for 15 minutes each.

Papers presented:

Clarke Forsythe: The Medical Premise at the Foundation of Roe v. Wade & Its Implications for Women’s Health
David Garrow: What Roe v. Wade Meant in 1973
Samuel Calhoun: Justice Lewis F. Powell’s Baffling Vote in Roe v. Wade
Mary Ziegler: Beyond Backlash: Legal History, Polarization, and Roe v. Wade

5:00 PM


5:00 PM - 5:15 PM

5:15 PM

Session 2

Richard Myers, Ave Maria School of Law
Pamela Bridgewater, Washington College of Law
Tom Molony, Elon University
Priscilla Smith, Yale Law School

Millhiser Moot Court Room

5:15 PM - 6:45 PM

Professor James Mahon moderates this session. Panelists will speak for 15 minutes each.

Papers presented:

Richard Myers: Re-Reading Roe v. Wade
Pamela Bridgewater: Probing Justice: Pursuit of Reproductive Justice and Sexual Freedom During Roe’s Retrenchment Era
Tom Molony: Roe, Casey, and Sex-Selection Abortion Bans
Priscilla Smith: The Purpose of Casey’s Purpose Prong—Protecting Women’s Equal Right to Liberty

Friday, November 8th
9:00 AM

Session 3

Caroline Corbin, University of Miami
Teresa Collett, University of St. Thomas, Minnesota
Kathy Greenier, ACLU of Virginia
Randy Beck, University of Georgia School of Law

Millhiser Moot Court Room

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

University of Illinois Professor Robin Fretwell Wilson moderates this session. Panelists will speak for 15 minutes each.

Papers presented:

Caroline Corbin: Abortion Distortions
Teresa Collett: Does Fetal Pain Matter Constitutionally?
Kathy Greenier: Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers and the Ongoing War Against Women's Health in Virginia
Randy Beck: Overcoming Barriers to the Protection of Viable Fetuses

10:45 AM

Keynote Addresses

Caitlin Borgmann, CUNY School of Law
Michael Paulsen, University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minnesota

Millhiser Moot Court Room

10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Washington and Lee Dean, Samuel Calhoun moderates the keynote event.

Caitlin Borgmann is a Professor of Law at CUNY School of Law. She was a 2012-13 Senior Fellow at the Columbia Center for Gender and Sexuality Law. Her scholarship focuses on the respective roles and authority of the courts and the legislatures in protecting constitutional rights, and on the role and judicial treatment of fact-finding in constitutional rights cases. She has also written extensively about reproductive rights.

Michael Paulsen is a Distinguished University Chair and Professor of Law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. Professor Paulsen is among the nation’s leading scholars of constitutional interpretation, and his publications include articles in the Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, Chicago Law Review, NYU Law Review, Texas Law Review, California Law Review, and the Georgetown Law Journal, among many others.

1:15 PM

Session 5

Maya Manian, University of San Francisco
Lynne Marie Kohm, Regent University
Robin Wilson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
James Mahon, Washington and Lee University

Millhiser Moot Court Room

1:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Professor Anne Massie moderates this session. Panelists will speak for 15 minutes each.

Papers presented:

Maya Manian: The Consequences of Abortion Restrictions for Women’s Healthcare
Lynne Marie Kohm: Roe’s Effect on Family Law
Robin Wilson/Ryan Hrobak: Emergency Contraceptives or Abortion-Inducing Drugs? Empowering Women to Decide for Themselves
James Mahon: Innocent Burdens: On Judith Jarvis Thomson’s “A Defense of Abortion”

3:00 PM


Millhiser Moot Court Room

3:00 PM - 3:15 AM