Tom J.E. and Bette Lou Walker Professor of Law
and Professor of Bioethics & Public Health
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
A renowned health law expert, Jessica Berg has been a member of the faculty for 14 years. She co-chaired the committee that developed The Case Western Reserve Model of Legal Education, a new academic model approved by the faculty last summer. Berg teaches Public Health Law, FDA Law, Health Policy, Bioethics & Law, and Human Subjects Regulation. She has a JD from Cornell University, and an MPH degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Her articles include “All For One and One For All: Informed Consent and Public Health” 50 Houston Law Review 1 (2012), “Social Media in the Internet Age,” 12 American Journal of Bioethics 28 (2012), and “Putting the Community Back Into the Community Benefit Standard” 43 Georgia Law Review 1 (2010). She has chapter “The Effect of Social Media on End-of-Life Decision Making” in Death and Dying (Oxford University Press, Forthcoming 2014). Berg previously served as the Director of Academic Affairs and Secretary of the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs and Section Director of Professionalism at the American Medical Association.
Professor of Law
CUNY School of Law
Caitlin Borgmann joined the faculty of CUNY Law in 2004. 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. Professor Borgmann received her B.A. from Yale University and her J.D. from New York University, where she was executive editor of the New York University Law Review. She clerked for Judge Robert P. Patterson, Jr., of the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York and spent four years as a litigator at Davis Polk & Wardwell. After that she was the State Strategies Coordinator at the Reproductive Freedom Project of the ACLU for six years. In this capacity she was responsible for providing ACLU affiliates nationwide with legislative, legal, and communications advice and support. She also litigated reproductive rights cases. She has spoken widely about reproductive rights and given testimony before several state legislatures on this issue. Professor Borgmann is the editor of the Reproductive Rights Prof Blog.
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Associate Professor of Law
Khiara M. Bridges is an Associate Professor of Law and an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Boston University. She has written many articles concerning, race, class, reproductive rights, and the intersection of the three. Her scholarship has appeared in the Stanford Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, the California Law Review, the Boston University Law Review, the Washington Law Review, the Fordham Law Review, and the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, among others. She is also the author of Reproducing Race: An Ethnography of Pregnancy as a Site of Racialization (2011), published by the University of California Press. She is a co-editor of the Reproductive Justice Book Series that is published under the imprint of the University of California Press. She also sits on the Academic Advisory Council for Law Students for Reproductive Justice.
Center for Reproductive Rights
David Brown joined the Center in 2011 as a legal fellow and became a staff attorney in 2013. He served as lead counsel in our victory overturning Oklahoma’s emergency contraception restrictions and has been a crucial member of litigation teams on several other of the Center’s most important recent cases, including overturning Arizona’s unconstitutional ban on abortion at 20 weeks. He is currently challenging two laws in North Dakota, where we represent the state’s last abortion clinic: an outrageous ban on abortion at around the sixth week of pregnancy and an attempt by the government to severely restrict the use of medication abortion.
Before joining the Center, David was associated with the law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. He graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, where he served on the editorial board of the Michigan Journal of International Law, and published a Note entitled “Making Room for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in International Human Rights Law: An Introduction to the Yogyakarta Principles.”
Before law school David was a grant officer for the Latin America program of American Jewish World Service, and obtained his bachelor’s degree from Pomona College. He serves as a board member of the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, a civil rights organization.
Professor of Clinical Law
New York University School of Law
Carr Center for Reproductive Justice
Professor Sarah Burns combines learning in social science and law to develop more effective problem solutions for legal practitioners and institutions. At NYU School of Law since 1990, Professor Burns has developed simulation and clinical courses in civil litigation, negotiation, mediation, dispute system design and litigation, organizing & systemic change as part of the Law School’s widely recognized Clinical Program.
Burns began law practice as a litigating lawyer with the Washington, D.C., commercial law firm, Covington & Burling. In her commercial litigation, Burns worked on diverse assignments but cites her exposure to D.C. industry trade regulatory practice as especially interesting. Covington was one of the first D.C. firms to develop the practice of representing industry associations in federal regulatory matters. “This was my introduction as a lawyer to interest-based practice that is so central to all negotiation and coalition work – whether in for profit or not for profit/NGO sectors,” explained Burns. Burns later moved into public interest civil rights practice doing litigation, legislative and policy advocacy work. Although she worked on cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, Burns found trial work to be the most interesting, especially in the discrimination law arena. Developing and presenting proof of the disparate experience and resulting damage that discriminatory systems impose on the minority or different newcomers highlighted for her the essential challenges that must be surmounted for institutions to manage diversity well. Burns is recognized for trial uses of social science evidence in the discrimination law field and uses that same body of knowledge to develop systemic solutions outside of litigation.
Burns graduated in 1979 from Yale Law School, where she edited the Yale Law Journal, and holds master’s degrees from Stanford University in sociology and the University of Oklahoma in human relations.
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Prior to joining the Cleveland-Marshall faculty, Professor Cherry was an Assistant Professor of Law at Florida State University College of Law from 1992-1999. She also previously clerked for Chief Judge Judith Rogers of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and was an associate with the Washington, D.C., law firm of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker. Professor Cherry's primary research focus is on reproductive rights and technologies.
Burns graduated from Vassar University with a B.A. and received her J.D. from Yale Law School.
Associate Professor of Law
Washington University School of Law
Deborah Dinner’s scholarship examines the historical relationship between social movements, political culture, and legal change. Dinner’s current research project is a book titled Contested Labor: Social Reproduction, Work, and Law, 1964-2010. The book examines legal and political debates among feminists, employers, and social conservative activists about the relationship between motherhood andwomen’s labor market participation. Dinner’s forthcoming article “The Divorce Bargain: The Fathers’ Rights Movement and Family Inequalities” was selected for presentation at the 2014 Yale/Stanford/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum and is forthcoming in Volume 102 of the Virginia Law Review. Dinner has written several articles on the legal history of feminist activism in the late twentieth century. These pieces have appeared in the Washington University Law Review, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, Yale Journal of Law & Feminism, and Law & History Review. Dinner earned her J.D. and Ph.D. in history at Yale. Prior to joining the Washington University law faculty, she clerked for Judge Karen Nelson Moore of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and served as the Raoul Berger–Mark DeWolfe Howe Legal History Fellow at Harvard University and the Samuel I. Golieb Fellow in Legal History at New York University School of Law.
Assistant Professor of Law
University of San Diego School of Law
Professor Fox teaches and writes in the areas of criminal law and procedure, health law and bioethics, and the regulation of technology. Fox served as a law clerk to the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He received an LLM degree as an academic fellow at Georgetown University Law Center. Fox has also worked at the President’s Council on Bioethics; the consulting firm of McKinsey & Company; the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; and the Civil Appellate Staff at the U.S. Department of Justice. He joined the USD School of Law faculty in 2013. Fox was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to attend Oxford University, where he earned his doctorate in political theory and served as lecturer in politics and philosophy. He then received a Soros Fellowship for New Americans to attend Yale Law School. All three years at Yale, the faculty awarded him the Gruter Prize for best paper in law and the biosciences. Fox also won the Brody Prize for best paper in constitutional privacy and the Family Court Review National Writing Contest Grand Prize. He was twice recognized for teaching excellence and served as projects editor for the Yale Law Journal. Fox is a reviewer for leading journals of bioethics and law and a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.
Michele Bratcher Goodwin
Chancellor’s Professor of Law
University of California-Irvine School of Law
Director, Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy
Professor Michele Goodwin’s research concerns the role of law in the promotion and regulation of medicine, science, and biotechnology. She researches and teaches in the areas of constitutional law, property, biotechnology, bioethics, and cultural politics. Her scholarship defines new ways of thinking about supply, demand, and access to sophisticated medical technologies, spanning genetics (human and modified organisms) to organ transplantation, assisted reproductive technology, and creating families. She is a prolific author and public voice on civil liberties and human rights, particularly human trafficking for sex, labor, body parts, and marriage. Reviews of her work appear in the New England Journal of Medicine, Nature, Publisher’s Weekly, Law and Politics Book Review, Book News, and the Library Journal, amongst other periodicals. Her editorials and commentaries appear in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Gene Watch, Christian Science Monitor, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Houston Chronicle, Chicago Sun Times, Washington Post, AlterNet and Forbes Magazine. She is a columnist for the Conversation Section of the Chronicle of Higher Education Magazine and blogs for the Harvard Bill of Health. Professor Goodwin is a Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine with appointments at the School of Law, School of Public Health, and Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is the founder and director of The Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy at UC Irvine School of Law. She is also the president of the Defence for Children International U.S. affiliate and founder of the Institute for Global Child Advocacy. Professor Goodwin is the former Everett Fraser Professor in Law at the University of Minnesota. She served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago and as a Visiting Scholar at the University of California-Berkeley and Columbia University Law School. Prior to law teaching, Professor Goodwin was a Gilder-Lehrman Post-Doctoral Fellow at Yale University
Jennifer S. Hendricks
Associate Professor of Law and Co-Directorof the Juvenile and Family Law Program
Colorado Law at University of Colorado Boulder
Jennifer Hendricks joined the CU faculty in 2012, teaching family law and civil procedure. She previously taught at the University of Tennessee College of Law. Her research interests include sex equality and sex differences in parental rights, constitutional family law, and federal-state relations. Before teaching, Professor Hendricks practiced plaintiffs’ trial and appellate litigation in Montana, where she specialized in constitutional, employment, and discrimination cases. In her practice, Professor Hendricks successfully challenged illegal voter-redistricting and vote-counting, helped high school girls win equal sports opportunities, won access to government documents for reporters and private citizens, and defended against defamation claims. She also represented victims of harassment and discrimination on the basis of sex and sexual orientation. Professor Hendricks graduated with honors in mathematics and women’s studies from Swarthmore College and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. She clerked for the Hon. Karen Nelson Moore on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. While in law school, she served as a research assistant for Professor Laurence Tribe and taught legal reasoning and analysis.
B. Jessie Hill
Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Research
Professor of Law and Laura B. Chisolm Distinguished Research Scholar
Jessie Hill joined the faculty in 2003 after practicing First Amendment and civil rights law with the firm of Berkman, Gordon, Murray & DeVan in Cleveland. Before entering private practice, Hill worked at the Reproductive Freedom Project of the national ACLU office in New York, litigating challenges to state-law restrictions on reproductive rights. She also served as law clerk to the Honorable Karen Nelson Moore of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Hill's teaching focuses on constitutional law, federal civil procedure, civil rights, reproductive rights, and law and religion. Her scholarship has been published in the Michigan Law Review and the Texas Law Review, among others.
Law School Initiative
Center for Reproductive Rights
Diana joined the Center for Reproductive Rights in 2009 to oversee the Center’s work with law schools and legal academics. Together with President & CEO Nancy Northup, she launched the Columbia Law School-Center for Reproductive Rights Fellowship for emerging academics, and has spearheaded a number of symposia to bring together legal practitioners and the academy, most notably Gender Justice in the Americas at the University of Miami in 2011. Diana also takes the lead planning strategic, closed-door discussions between the Center’s lawyers, peer groups, and leading academics on complicated legal questions, during workshops such as Sticky Intuitions: Abortion and Sexuality Stigma with Columbia Law School’s Center on Gender and Sexuality in spring 2012.
Diana is the former Director of the Global Public Service Law Project at NYU Law where she also served as Lecturer-in-Law, teaching a course on comparative strategies for using law to bring about social change in a number of countries around the world. She is an expert on the accountability of nongovernmental organizations and worked for two years as a consultant in Governance and Civil Society Unit at the Ford Foundation. She has written on reproductive rights and is also the author of The Paradox of Partnership: Amnesty International, Responsible Advocacy, and NGO Accountability. She teaches from time to time at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service. Diana is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and New York University School of Law and a former clerk to Magistrate Judge Cheryl Pollak in the Eastern District of New York.
Reproductive Freedom Project of the ACLU
Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, staff attorney at the Reproductive Freedom Project of the ACLU, is currently lead counsel in Planned Parenthood v. Strange, the challenge to an Alabama law that would require all abortion providers obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital, effectively closing the majority of the clinics in the state. She also directs the ACLU’s pending challenges to Georgia’s 20-week abortion ban and Arizona’s ban on so-called race- and sex-selection abortions, and has litigated a range of other reproductive rights issues, as well. Prior to joining RFP in 2007, Alexa was an attorney in the ACLU National Security Project. Alexa received her B.A. from Smith College in 2000; her master’s degree from Queens University of Belfast, Northern Ireland in 2001; and her J.D. from Fordham University Law School in 2006.
Shannon B. Lundeen, Ph.D.
Flora Stone Mather Center for Women
Assistant Professor of Bioethics
Case Western Reserve University
Shannon B. Lundeen is the Director of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women at CWRU. While her primary faculty appointment is in the Department of Bioethics, she holds a secondary faculty appointment as Adjunct Associate Professor of Philosophy and serves as a member of the Faculty Advisory Board of the Women and Gender Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences at CWRU. Dr. Lundeen received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Stony Brook University where she also earned an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies. Before joining Case Western Reserve University in July of 2013, Dr. Lundeen spent eight years as the Associate Director of the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program (GSWS) and the Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality, and Women (APC) at the University of Pennsylvania. As a Core Faculty member of the Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Program, Dr. Lundeen taught courses on gender and sexuality ranging from introductory lectures to graduate level seminars, organized and led a series of pedagogy workshops for graduate students, and taught secondary students in Penn’s Social Justice Summer Research Institute. In the spring of 2013, she was awarded the highly selective Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Lundeen’s research and teaching interests include feminist theory, bioethics, social and political philosophy, history of science and medicine, queer theory, and feminist pedagogy. She is currently working on a project that examines pre and post-natal medical interventions that attempt to “fix” the sex or “secure” the gender identity of a fetus and/or infant. Through this research, she wrestles with contemporary medico-juridical models of personhood and autonomy, and engages with work in the fields of bioethics, disability studies, feminist and queer theories, and the history of medicine.
Arthur E. Petersilge Professor of Law
Professor of Biomedical Ethics, Case School of Medicine
Co-Director of the Law-Medicine Center
Case Western Reserve UniversitySchool of Law
Maxwell J. Mehlman is Arthur E. Petersilge Professor of Law and Director of the Law- Medicine Center, Case School of Law, and Professor of Biomedical Ethics, Case School of Medicine. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1975, and holds two bachelors degrees, one from Reed College and one from Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. Prior to joining the Case faculty in 1984, Professor Mehlman practiced law with Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in federal regulation of health care and medical technology. He is the co-author of Access to the Genome: The Challenge to Equality; co-editor, with Tom Murray, of the Encyclopedia of Ethical, Legal and Policy Issues in Biotechnology; co-author of Genetics: Ethics, Law and Policy, the first casebook on genetics and law, now in its third edition; author of Wondergenes: Genetic Enhancement and the Future of Society, published in 2003 by the Indiana University Press; and most recently, the author of The Price of Perfection: Individualism and Society in the Era of Biomedical Enhancement, published in 2009 by the Johns Hopkins University Press.
Michael P. Scharf
Dean and Director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center
Joseph C. Hostetler- BakerHostetler Professor of Law
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Michael Scharf is the Director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center and is the host of “Talking Foreign Policy,” a radio program broadcast on WCPN 90.3 FM (Cleveland’s NPR station). In addition, he serves as Managing Director of the Public International Law and Policy Group, a Nobel Peace Prize-nominated NGO. During a sabbatical in 2008, Scharf served as Special Assistant to the Prosecutor of the Cambodia Genocide Tribunal. During the elder Bush and Clinton Administrations, Scharf served in the Office of the Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State, where he held the positions of Attorney-Adviser for Law Enforcement and Intelligence, Attorney- Adviser for United Nations Affairs, and delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Commission. A graduate of Duke University School of Law (Order of the Coif and High Honors), and judicial clerk to Judge Gerald Bard Tjoflat on the Eleventh Circuit Federal Court of Appeals, Scharf is the author of over seventy scholarly articles and sixteen books, including “The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda” which was awarded the American Society of International Law’s Certificate of Merit for outstanding book in 1999, and “Enemy of the State: The Trial and Execution of Saddam Hussein,” which won the International Association of Penal Law’s book of the year award for 2009. His latest book is “Customary International Law in Times of Fundamental Change: Recognizing Grotian Moments” (Cambridge University Press, 2013). A past recipient of the Case Western Reserve University School of Law Alumni Association’s “Distinguished Teacher Award” and Ohio Magazine’s “Excellence in Education Award,” Scharf teaches International Law, International Criminal Law, the Law of International Organizations, and the War Crimes Research Lab.
Monica Raye Simpson is a native of North Carolina, and is a proud graduate of Johnson C. Smith University, one of the country's historical black universities. Because of her decision to come out as a same-gender loving woman while attending undergrad, Monica became deeply involved in LGBT organizing on and off campus. Upon graduation, she was hired as the first person of color at the Lesbian & Gay Community Center in Charlotte as the Operations Director. She made transition from the community center in 2005 to become the Ujamaa Coordinator for Grassroots Leadership where she trained young African Americans in philanthropy, fundraising, and activism. In 2010, Monica moved to Atlanta, GA in to serve as the Development Coordinator with SisterSong. Since her time at SisterSong, she was promoted to Deputy Coordinator in 2011 and will now serve as the Interim Executive Director.
Through her activism and organizational work, Monica has become a nationally sought-after facilitator and organizer. She has been featured in many publications for her activism, and has written many articles on LGBT issues, philanthropy and activism. Monica is a founder for Charlotte's first Black Gay Pride Celebration, and Charlotte's African American Giving Circle. She also sits on the board for Resource Generation and the Fund for Southern Communities.
Monica lives by the Paul Robeson’s quote “If the artist does not create, the world suffers.” She has always used her talents of song and spoken word in the community. She has debuted in theatrical productions such as, "For the Love of Harlem," "Words the Isms," "Walk Like A Man, " “The Vagina Monologues” and she will soon join the cast of the Atlanta production of “For Colored Girls”. She is currently working on her first solo album, “All About LOVE.” to be released in the Summer of 2012.
Senior Manager of the Law School Initiative
Center for Reproductive Rights
Nicole joined the Center in 2009 as a Program Associate and was promoted to Manager of the Law School Initiative in 2012. She works directly with the Center's faculty and organizational partners and is the direct liaison with undergraduate and graduate student groups across the country. Nicole has coordinated several conferences, including "Visualizing the Fetus: Implications of Mandatory Ultrasound Laws" at the University of Texas School of Law and "Gender Justice in the Americas: A Transnational Dialogue on Sexuality, Violence, Reproduction, and Human Rights." She serves as a liaison for the Center's partnership with Law Students for Reproductive Justice.
Nicole holds a master's degree in Human Rights Studies from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Studies, and a B.A. in Political Science from Stonehill College. Before joining the Center, Nicole worked as a research assistant on several academic projects.
Principal and Director of Programs
Alyssa has worked in cognitive linguistics for almost fifteen years, applying techniques of linguistic analysis to political problems, publishing original research, and teaching in both university and community settings. She is President and Principal at Real Reason, a nonprofit research organization in Oakland, CA, that works closely with partner organizations to identify the most innovative, constructive, and viable ways of reasoning and communicating about particularly challenging issues, from abortion to the role of government to our society's growing inequality.
At Real Reason, Alyssa has guided analysis on issues across a wide range of policy areas, including reproductive rights, health, and justice; human rights; social and economic standards; sexuality education; and public health. Under her direction, Real Reason's contributions in these areas have benefited a large community of advocates, including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Berkeley Media Studies Group, and the Reproductive Health Technologies Project.
Alyssa holds an M.A. in Linguistics from Gallaudet University, a B.A. in Psychology from Wesleyan University, and has completed work toward a Ph.D. in Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley.
Frederick J. Haas Professor of Law and Philosophy
Georgetown Law School
Professor West came to the Law Center from the University of Maryland Law School, where she taught from 1986-1991. She has been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago and Stanford Law Schools. She also taught at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University, from 1982-1985. Professor West has written extensively on gender issues and feminist legal theory, constitutional law and theory, jurisprudence, legal philosophy, and law and literature.
Ruqaiijah A. Yearby
Associate Director of the Law-Medicine Center
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Ruqaiijah A. Yearby is a Professor of Law and Associate Director of the Law-Medicine Center at Case Western Reserve University School of Law where she teaches Contracts, Health Care Regulation, and Bioethics. A nationally and internationally recognized scholar and presenter, Yearby’s scholarship focuses on two emerging fields of health law: 1) law, justice and medical research and 2) racial disparities in health care. Due to her expertise in these areas, she has served as a book proposal reviewer for Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press, as well as a grant reviewer for the Wellcome Trust (the United Kingdom’s largest non-governmental source of funds for biomedical research). Her scholarship has also been used in law and social science classes at schools such as NYU, Fordham, and University of California Berkeley. In her 10 years in legal academia, she has published 10 law review articles three book chapters, one editorial (reprinted in USA Today Magazine), and submitted written legislative testimony. Professor Yearby’s work has been cited in numerous legal and medical journals and books, including The Oxford Handbook of Bioethics (2007), Barry Furrow, et al, Health Law: Cases, Mat erials and Problems (6th ed. 2008), and Implicit Racial Bias Across the Law (Cambridge Univ. Press 2012). Additionally, her work was cited in the written testimony of Professor Vernellia Randall before the United States Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law (Dec. 16, 2009). Her most recent article entitled, Breaking The Cycle Of ‘Unequal Treatment’: Using Health Care Reform To Address Racial Disparities In Health Care, 44 U. Conn. L. Rev. 1281-1324 (2012), was excerpted in Dolgin & Shephard, Bioethics and the Law, 3rd ed (2013). In 2000, Yearby earned her Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was on the Dean’s List. After law school, she worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as an Assistant Regional Counsel and served as a law clerk for the Honorable Ann Claire Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
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