Constitution Day 2019 - Henry M. Scharf Memorial Lecture

Roe v. Wade: Past, Present, and Future

In 1973, the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade held that a woman has a constitutional right to decide for herself whether to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. Contemporary understanding of both the decision and its constitutional background are often confused, ill-informed, and misleading. In this lecture, Professor Stone, who happened to be a law clerk to Justice William J., Brennan, Jr. at the time Roe was decided, will offer a historical, legal, constitutional, and political analysis of the issue in order to shed important light and context on an issue that often bitterly divides our nation today.

Geoffrey R. Stone is the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago. After serving as a law clerk to Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. of the Supreme Court of the United States, Mr. Stone joined the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School in 1973. Mr. Stone has served as dean of the University of Chicago Law School (1987-1994) and Provost of the University of Chicago (1994-2002). Mr. Stone is the author or co-author of many books on constitutional law. His forthcoming book, Democracy and Equality: The Enduring Constitutional Vision of the Warren Court, will be published by Oxford University Press in January. Among Mr. Stone’s many other books are The Free Speech Century (2018), Sex and the Constitution (2017), Top Secret: When Government Keeps Us In the Dark (2007) and Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime (2004), which received eight national book awards.

Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Masters Hall 110 Mara Auditorium

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Political Science Department, Public Policy Department, Eisenhower Institute
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Rodger Goodacre left a positive review 9/18/2019

Excellent presentation. Speaker was highly knowledgeable and fully engaged the attendees.