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Upcoming Women and The Law Conference 2012

December 15, 2011

WLC 2012
WLC 2012

Reproductive rights will be the focus of Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s 12th Annual Women and the Law Conference on Friday, February 24, 2012. The full title of this year’s conference is “Reproductive Justice: Examining Choice and Autonomy in the New Millennium.”

“This conference should be of great interest not just to women, but to everyone in the community,” said TJSL Professor Joy Delman, the head of conference organizing committee. “The issues that will be examined at the WLC affect not only women as individuals, but also all parents and families, including non-traditional family units, as well as sperm and egg donors, and surrogates.  We are so fortunate to have gotten the top experts in their fields together at one conference to share their insights into this rapidly changing and critically important area.”

Thomas Jefferson School of Law and the Women and the Law Project held the first Women and the Law Conference in 2001 and established the conference’s Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecture Series, with the support of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in 2003.

This year’s Keynote speaker and Ruth Bader Ginsburg lecturer is Dr. Sarah Weddington, who made history when she argued Roe v. Wade before the United States Supreme Court.  The conference will examine the implications of that landmark case and subsequent decisions on choice, and their impact on all areas of reproductive justice.  Other renowned scholars from across the country will discuss a panoply of reproductive justice topics including restrictions on the right to abortion by both the federal government and by various states since Roe v. Wade, realignment of women’s health care under the Affordable Care Act, state oversight and abuses of poor, pregnant women, the international surrogacy market, contracts in third party reproduction, discrimination against breastfeeding mothers, parentage rules on children born to same-sex couples, gene patents and fetal DNA testing.

This full day conference will take place at Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s new, state-of-the-art campus at 1155 Island Avenue in the East Village of downtown San Diego near Petco Park.  Those attending the conference will be provided breakfast and lunch, and the conference will be followed by a reception at which attendees may meet the speakers.

In light of the Lawyers Club longstanding support of this event, Lawyers Club members are invited to attend at a special discounted rate as are TJSL alumni. MCLE credit is available. To register and obtain more information, please visit:

Registration Information

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Conference Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch and reception.

No Charge for TJSL Students, Faculty & Staff
$10 for Seniors (65+) and Students from Other Institutions
$25 for TJSL Alumni and Lawyers Club Members (*includes MCLE credit)
$35 for General Public (*includes MCLE credit).

5.5 Minimum Continuing Legal Education Credits are available

Thomas Jefferson School of Law is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.

For More Information

Please contact Donna Gehlken at or Professor Joy Delman at