November 7-8, 2013
Millhiser Moot Court Room, Sydney Lewis Hall
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.
Roe did not resolve the abortion controversy, which continues with unabated passion on both sides of the issue. A distinguishing feature of the "Roe at 40" Symposium will be its inclusions of varying perspectives on abortion. There will be two keynote addresses, one by a pro-choice advocate and the other by a pro-life advocate. Panel participants have also been selected to ensure a balanced presentation. Balance is also reflected in the Symposium’s sponsors: ACLU of Virginia, the Frances Lewis Law Center of Washington and Lee University, the Provost's Office of Washington and Lee University, University Faculty for Life, Virginia NOW, and the Washington and Lee Law Review.
The Symposium’s commitment to balance is not intended to suggest that advocates should give up their principled stances or that abortion is an issue for which compromise can be readily accomplished. Rather, the motivating concept is that an academic conference should encourage a free and full exchange of views and that this goal is possible even for an issue as contentious as abortion. It is not expected that attendees will likely change their views, but it is hoped that they will at least better understand their opponents. This increased insight will hopefully lead to productive future dialogue.
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.
Registration is closed.
Thursday, Nov. 7
3:15 pm: Welcome
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm: Session 1
5:00 pm – 5:15 pm: Break
5:15 pm - 6:45 pm: Session 2
Friday, Nov. 8
9:00 am - 10:30 am: Session 3
10:30 am – 10:45 am: Break
10:45 am – 12:15 pm: Keynote Addresses
12:15 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Session 5
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm: Closing Remarks
|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.
For more information, contact:
Lara Gass, Symposium Editor, Washington and Lee Law Review, (901)361-5825, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thomas Short, Editor-in-Chief, Washington and Lee Law Review, (720)933-9378, email@example.com