Larry Hammond

I should have shared this before, but at noon today, the ASU Law School is the site for what looks to be a compelling speaker panel.

Then, Then & Now: Reproductive Rights Before and After Roe and In Our Future” is the second installment of a three-part speaker series. Organizers say the discussion “will focus on the social and legal impact of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, in honor of its 40th anniversary.”

(I wrote about the panel last year.)

Among those who will speak is attorney Larry Hammond, law clerk to Justice Lewis Powell at the time Roe was decided.

Where: The Great Hall at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU.

When: Noon – 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 5

Food: Yes! Lunch will be catered by Carolina’s Mexican Food.

The event is open to the public and no RSVP is necessary.

More detail is here.

There may be no more divisive issue today than reproductive rights and abortion. A speaker series begins this Thursday that aims to say some things about the topic we may not have heard—not an easy task.

The Liberty Project is an advocacy organization. As they describe themselves:

“The Liberty Project is a think tank made up of law students, young lawyers and other interested professionals dedicated to the preservation of reproductive rights and sexual health.”

So, yes, the group comes down strongly on one side of the issue. I share news of this Thursday’s panel because it proposes to explain something about the time that preceded Roe v. Wade—not something often done.

In fact, on the panel—to be held at ASU Law School—will be Sherri Chessen. She may be best known to Arizonans as an actress who worked on the state’s version of Romper Room. Her own story about being unwillingly thrust into the spotlight due to her seeking an abortion is told here. (I’ve never met Ms. Chessen, but I should note that I attended law school with one of her daughters.)

Thursday’s panel is the first of three panels, and it’s called “Then, Then and Now: Reproductive Rights Before and After Roe and into Our Future.” It will occur noon on Thursday, February 2 at the ASU College of Law Great Hall. After the panel discussion, lawyer Leon Silver will moderate a discussion with the audience.

Lunch will be provided by Carolina’s Mexican Food. No RSVP needed.


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