The Harvard Law School Associations of California and Texas jointly present:

Competing Visions of Abortion:
Debating the scope and reach of state laws after Dobbs

Thursday, February 2, 2023
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. PST
12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. CST
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. EST

Virtual Presentation
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Please join us for a panel to discuss state laws after the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization decision.

Topics that may be addressed include:

  • The right to travel and interstate reach of state criminal laws
  • The effect of Dobbs on initiatives to amend state constitutions
  • The use of state constitutional provisions to restrict or protect access to abortion as those provisions address the right to reproductive freedom, right to life, right to privacy, and state equal rights provisions
  • The ongoing role of federal law as states address abortion in very different ways.  


  • Professor Joshua Blackman
    Centennial Chair Professor of Constitutional Law, South Texas College of Law

    Joshua Blackman is a national thought leader on constitutional law and the United States Supreme Court.  He has testified before Congress and advises federal and state lawmakers.  Josh regularly appears on TV, including NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, and the BBC. Josh is also a frequent guest on NPR. Josh’s latest book is An Introduction to Constitutional Law.

  • David Leebron '79
    William Nelson Cromwell Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

    David Leebron recently completed eighteen years of service as president of Rice University in Houston.  Prior to becoming Rice president in 2004, Leebron served as Dean of Columbia Law School.  While president of Rice he taught courses on the legal framework of religious tolerance and race and the law.

  • Jonathan Mitchell
    Principal, Mitchell Law PLLC

    Jonathan Mitchell served as Solicitor General of Texas from 2010-2015.  Mitchell is credited with devising the novel enforcement mechanism in the Texas Heartbeat Act, also known as Senate Bill 8 (or SB 8).  From 2003-2005, served in the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel.  He has taught law at the University of Chicago, George Mason University, University of Texas at Austin, and Stanford.

  • Rachel Morrison
    Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center

    Rachel Morrison works on EPPC’s HHS Accountability Project, where her legal and policy analysis focuses on religious liberty, health care rights of conscience, the right to life, nondiscrimination, and civil rights.  Morrison has served as an attorney advisor at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Litigation Counsel for Americans United for Life, and as a Constitutional Law Fellow at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

  • Professor Jane Schacter '84
    William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, Stanford Law School

    Jane Schacter is a leading national expert on statutory interpretation and the legislative process, constitutional law, and sexuality and the law. Professor Schacter’s scholarly emphasis across these subject areas is on institutional debates about the role of courts in a democracy.  She teaches a course on state constitutional law, among other subjects.

  • Moderator

    Raquel Sefton '92
    President and Founder, Apex Family Law, P.C.

    Raquel Sefton is the immediate past president of the HLSA of Northern California.  She is a certified by the California State Bar as a Specialist in Family Law. Sefton oversees the firm's representation of high net worth individuals in family law related matters.  The firm’s practice focuses on complex financial matters as well as highly contested family law disputes.


Event Information


2 days away
10:30AM Thu 2 Feb 2023 - 11:45AM Thu 2 Mar 2023, Pacific timezone

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