Dobbs and Democracy
February 23, 20234:00 pm - 7:30 pm
WhereWalter Brown Hall 128 (WB128)
Sponsor(s)Journal of Law & Politics, Karsh Center for Law and Democracy
Reproductive rights scholar Melissa Murray will be the keynote speaker for the 40th annual Journal of Law & Politics Symposium, “Dobbs and Democracy.” Murray will speak at 6:30 p.m. in WB128.
Scholars, attorneys and public servants will consider if American democracy can address reproductive rights and what role state constitutions and prosecutorial discretion play after Dobbs. Food will be provided.
Panel 1 | Can American Democracy Protect Reproductive Rights?
- Shwetika Baijal, Senior Director of Campaigns, Planned Parenthood Action Fund
- Natasha Chabria, Campaign Director, Immigrant Justice/Medication Abortion, All* Above All
- Jennifer Lawless, Leone Reaves and George W. Spicer Professor of Politics, Professor of Public Policy, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia
- Ryan Snow ’18, Counsel, Voting Rights Project, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
- Moderator: Michael Gilbert, Vice Dean, Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law
Panel 2 | State Constitutions and Prosecutorial Discretion in a Post-Dobbs World
- Sherry Boston, District Attorney, Dekalb County, Georgia
- Mark Herring, Partner, Akin Gump, Former Attorney General of Virginia
- Justin Murray, Associate Professor of Law, New York Law School
- Steve Descano, Commonwealth’s Attorney, Fairfax County, Virginia
- Mila Versteeg, Henry L. and Grace Doherty Charitable Foundation Professor of Law, Director, Center for International & Comparative Law, Director, Human Rights Program, Senior Fellow, Miller Center, University of Virginia
- Moderator: Anne Coughlin, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law
- Melissa Murray, Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network, New York University School of Law; Co-Host, “Strict Scrutiny” Podcast
- Moderator: Bertrall Ross, Justice Thurgood Marshall Distinguished Professor of Law, Director, Karsh Center for Law and Democracy, University of Virginia School of Law