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Debunking Roe and an Analysis of Relevant Pre-Dobbs Cases

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  • Start Date:2023-02-23 19:00:00
  • End Date:2025-02-23 19:00:00
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  • Level:Basic
  • Topics:Constitutional Law

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When discussing abortion and reproductive rights law, headlines often focus solely on Roe v. Wade as “the” case. However, we as lawyers (hopefully) know that Roe is just one of the cases involved in reproductive rights constitutional case law. 

Review the legal landscape for women and reproducing persons prior to the 2022 Dobbs decision.

This is an academic review of exactly what was overturned through Dobbs. Highly respected experts will debunk some common misconceptions about reproductive constitutional law and analyze the essential holdings that were in place before Dobbs.

All are welcome.

This event is designed to be accessible for a non-law audience, particularly members of the medical community. 

Co-sponsored with the PBA Women in the Profession Commission.

Recorded in February 2023.


Susan Frietsche Esq.

Ms. Frietsche is an interim co-director and senior staff attorney at the Women’s Law Project (WLP), a nonprofit, Pennsylvania-based legal advocacy organization devoted to gender equality and the eradication of sex discrimination. Frietsche joined the Women’s Law Project staff in 1992 and opened WLP’s Pittsburgh office in 2002. She represents Pennsylvania abortion providers and young people needing court approval to consent to abortion care. She is currently counsel for appellants in Allegheny Reproductive Health Center v. Department of Human Services, a state constitutional challenge to Pennsylvania’s Medicaid abortion coverage ban, which is currently pending before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Frietsche has also litigated, lobbied, and organized on behalf of low-income families, domestic and sexual violence survivors, lesbian and gay parents, and trans students. For many years, she has been on the adjunct faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Frietsche is the co-author of “Preserving the Core of Roe: Reflections on Planned Parenthood v. Casey,” published in the Yale Journal of Law & Feminism. She is a graduate of Temple Law School and Bryn Mawr College. 

Kristine Calalang Esq.

Kristine L. Calalang has dedicated her law practice to family law matters since 2004. She provides her clients with strong advocacy, compassion, and empathy. Ms. Calalang is also passionate about serving in leadership positions to help elevate the legal profession and support philanthropic endeavors. She has strong leadership roles in the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA), serving as a Zone 1 member of the House of Delegates, Co-Chair of the Legal Academics Committee, and the Diversity Liaison and Co-Chair of the Diversity Task Force of the Family Law Section.  Additionally, Ms. Calalang is the Liaison for the PBA Minority Bar and Collaborative Law Committees to the PBA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Team. She is also in leadership in the Philadelphia Bar Association, having served as a Member of the Board of Governors and 2022 Board Chair, Co-Chair of the Women in the Profession Committee, and Co-Chair of the Solo and Small Firm Management Committee. Ms. Calalang also served as the 2019 Chair of the Family Law Section and continues to serve as a member of the Section’s Executive Committee, Co-Chair of the Custody Committee, Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee, and founding member of the Diversity Inclusion Scholarship Committee. Ms. Calalang further serves as a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Judicial Selection and Retention Commission. She also often plans and presents CLE programs for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia Bar Association, and other legal groups.

Serena Mayeri

Serena Mayeri’s scholarship focuses on the historical impact of progressive and conservative social movements on legal and constitutional change. Her book, Reasoning from Race: Feminism, Law, and the Civil Rights Revolution (Harvard University Press, 2011) received the Littleton-Griswold Prize from the American Historical Association and the Darlene Clark Hine Award from the Organization of American Historians. Mayeri’s current book project, tentatively titled The Status of Marriage: Marital Supremacy Challenged and Remade, 1960-2000, examines the history of challenges to marriage’s primacy as a legal institution and a source of public and private benefits. Related articles have appeared in the California Law Review, Constitutional Commentary, and the Yale Law Journal and several edited volumes. Mayeri teaches courses in family law, employment discrimination, gender and the law, and legal history. She holds a secondary appointment in the Department of History, and is a Core Faculty member in the Program on Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. In 2016, Mayeri was named a Distinguished Lecturer by the Organization of American Historians. In 2019, she received the Robert A. Gorman Award for Excellence in Teaching. She has co-authored several amicus briefs, including a brief in Dobbs arguing that the equal protection clause protects abortion rights, as well as articles and book chapters about reproductive rights and justice.

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