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53rd Annual William H. Leary Lecture

March 6, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Constitution and Reproductive Justice in the Age of Trump

5:30 p.m. – Reception
6:00 p.m. – Lecture

S.J. Quinney College of Law Moot Courtroom (Level 6)
Since the U.S. Supreme Court has become increasingly conservative under the administration of President Donald Trump, speculation about the future of Roe v. Wade —the landmark decision n 1973 that made abortion legal in all 50 states —has become a hot-button political issue. In Utah in particular, many issues tied to reproductive justice are before the state legislature with possible public policy changes to come in the near future.  The Utah House of Representatives passed a proposal earlier this month to ban abortions sought because a fetus has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome, and the legislation will now head to the Senate.  The Utah House of Representatives this month also passed a bill to ban abortion after 18 weeks, setting the stage for a legal challenge if the bill becomes law this session. Activists on both sides of these complex issue have strong opinions about abortion and the current state of laws that govern reproductive rights in the U.S. At a polarizing time in political history, the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law will delve into the issue further at its 53rd Annual William H. Leary Lecture on March 6 with a lecture titled “The Constitution and Reproductive Justice in the Age of Trump.”

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This event will not be streamed or recorded.
Free and open to the public. 1 hour CLE.

The Leary Lecture is named in honor of William H. Leary, Dean of the University of Utah College of Law from 1915 to 1950, who was renowned for his intellectual rigor and love of teaching. The Leary Lecture has been an annual event since 1965.


Reva Siegel, Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law, 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. Her recent articles include ProChoiceLife: Asking Who Protects Life and How—and Why It Matters in Law and Politics, 93 Ind. L.J. 207 (2018); Community in Conflict: Same-Sex Marriage and Backlash, 64 U.C.L.A. L. Rev. 1728 (2017); Conscience Wars: Complicity-Based Conscience Claims in Religion and Politics, 124 Yale L.J. (2015) (with Doug NeJaime); Meador Lecture: Race-Conscious, But Race-Neutral? The Constitutionality of Disparate Impact in the Roberts Court, 66 Ala. L. Rev. (2015); and The Supreme Court, 2012 Term — Foreword: Equality Divided, 127 Harv. L. Rev. (2013). Her books include Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking (with Paul Brest, Sanford Levinson, Jack M. Balkin, and Akhil Reed Amar, 2018); Before Roe v. Wade: Voices That Shaped the Abortion Debate Before the Supreme Court’s Ruling (with Linda Greenhouse, 2012); and The Constitution in 2020 (edited with Jack M. Balkin, 2009). Professor Siegel is a member of the American Philosophical Society, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and an honorary fellow of the American Society for Legal History. She serves on the board of Advisors and the Board of Academic Advisors of the American Constitution Society and on the General Council of the International Society of Public Law.


For questions contact Miriam (801) 585-3479.

Free parking is available at the Rice-Eccles Stadium. We encourage you to use public transportation to our events. Take TRAX University line to the Stadium stop and walk a half block north. For other public transit options use UTA’s Trip Planner. The law school is on the Red Route for the University’s free campus shuttles (College of Law stop).


March 6, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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S. J. Quinney College of Law
383 South University St
Salt Lake City, UT 84112 United States
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