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Reproductive Rights and Justice Stories--From Roe v. Wade to Young v. UPS

Event Details

February 27, 2020
4:00 pm-6:00 pm

Goodell Hall

Room: Bernie Dallas

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Jennifer L. Nye, Lecturer in Law & Social Justice

Attacks on reproductive rights and justice are in the news daily—from the rollback of abortion rights and contraception access to the separation of children from their parents at the border. Come hear renowned legal scholars discuss the movement and litigation stories behind important reproductive rights and justice cases and what we can learn from them in this current political moment.

Panelists will discuss their recently released book Reproductive Rights and Justice Stories and topics ranging from coerced sterilization, abortion, and pregnancy discrimination. Receptions to follow.

Panelists will include:

Linda Greenhouse, Lecturer at Yale Law School and Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times journalist for her work reporting on the Supreme Court.  She is the author of Becoming Justice Blackman  and co-author with Prof. Siegel of Before Roe v. Wade:  Voices that Shaped the Debate before the Supreme Court’s Ruling.   

Reva Siegel, Professor at Yale Law School.  Professor Siegel’s writing draws on legal history to explore questions of law and inequality and to analyze how courts interact with representative government and popular movements in interpreting the Constitution.  In addition to Before Roe v. Wade, she is also the author of the law school textbook, Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking with Paul Brest, Sanford Levinson, Jack M. Balkin, and Akhil Reed Amar, 2018), and Directions in Sexual Harassment Law (edited with Catharine A. MacKinnon, 2004).

Kate Shaw, Professor at Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University Professor of Law and the Co-Director of the Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy. Before joining Cardozo, Professor Shaw worked in the White House Counsel’s Office as a Special Assistant to the President and Associate Counsel to the President. She clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Richard A. Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Maya Manian, Visiting Professor, Howard University School of Law. Professor Manian’s scholarship investigates the relationship between constitutional law, family law, and health care law, with a particular focus on access to reproductive health care. She previously practiced civil rights litigation at the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York and served as a California deputy attorney general.


Loretta Ross, one of the founders of the reproductive justice framework and current visiting lecturer at Smith College. An activist-scholar who is widely known and respected in the U.S. and internationally as a leader in the struggle for human rights and reproductive justice, Ross is one of the co-founders of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective in Atlanta, GA, and the author or co-author of several books and numerous articles, including: Radical Reproductive Justice (2017); Reproductive Justice: An Introduction (2017); "The Color of Choice," Color of Violence: The INCITE! Anthology (2016); and Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organizing for Reproductive Justice (2004).


Jallicia Jolly, Visiting Instructor of American Studies and Black Studies, Amherst College, whose research focuses on the transnational politics of race, gender, sexuality and health throughout the African diaspora.

Sponsored by:  Umass History; Five College Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Certificate; and Five College Reproductive Politics Faculty Seminar 

Major Funders: Umass History; Lois E. Toko Fund Umass College of Humanities & Fine Arts; Student Affairs and Campus Life, Advocacy, Inclusion and Support Programs, Umass; and the Five College Lecture Fund. 

See event website for full list of co-sponsors

Young People Welcome: Young people of all ages are welcome at this event. There will be coloring books and crayons available for children. 

Event Category

Lecture/Talk/Panel History