Panel Discussion: What's Next After Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization?

About the Discussion

Please join our distinguished panel of legal and reproductive rights experts for a discussion on the numerous issues that Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization has raised about civil and constitutional rights, what the decision might signify for future court rulings, and more. Questions to be explored include, but are not limited to:

  • With Dobbs, the Supreme Court, for the first time, took away a liberty by a reading of the Fourteenth Amendment that reversed previous interpretations and overruled Roe and Casey. What now can be counted on to support civil rights—and freedom, generally—in the United States?
  • What lessons should we be taking away from this decision about the limits of legal liberalism and relying on the courts as arbiters of our rights?
  • How serious are the threats to constitutional rights other than abortion, such as same-sex marriage?
  • What has been the impact of Dobbs? What do we anticipate, both on the ground and for future jurisprudence?
  • Do our lawyering strategies for reproductive justice need to change? How can they be more responsive to the history and experiences of all communities?
  • What lessons can we learn from progress being made outside of the U.S.?
  • Where do we go from here?  


This program will be held on Zoom, with an opportunity for audience questions.


Anita Bernstein
Anita and Stuart Subotnick Professor of Law
Brooklyn Law School

Michele Bratcher Goodwin
Chancellor’s Professor of Law; Founding Director, Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy
University of California, Irvine School of Law

Susan Herman
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School;
President Emeritus, ACLU

Nan D. Hunter
Scott K. Ginsburg Professor of Law Emerita
Georgetown Law School

Lourdes Rivera
Senior Vice President, U.S. Programs
Center for Reproductive Rights


Sponsored by Brooklyn Law School’s Center for Health, Science & Public Policy and the Women’s Leadership Network.


Please RSVP by Wednesday, September 14.


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