Seminar Series: Downgrading Docs: Medical Authority in Roe, Dobbs—and Beyond by Marc Spindelman, JD

Monday, Oct 9, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Bloomberg School of Public Health Feinstone Hall
615 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD

This talk takes up the role of medical authority in the Supreme Court’s reproductive rights jurisprudence as illustrative of larger constitutional trends. It surveys the past in order to frame a conversation about the present and future relationship of medicine to both law and politics.

NOTE: This lecture will not be recorded for posting on the Berman Institute’s YouTube Channel.

Marc Spindelman, the Isadore and Ida Topper Professor of Law at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School. Following law school, Professor Spindelman clerked for Judge Alice M. Batchelder on the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and was an associate at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft in New York City.

After leaving Wall Street, Spindelman was a Reginald F. Lewis Fellow for Law Teaching at Harvard Law School, taught as a Visiting Instructor at the University of Michigan Law School, and spent two years as a Greenwall Fellow in Bioethics and Health Policy at Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins University. While a Greenwall Fellow, Professor Spindelman was also an adjunct professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center, a faculty associate at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a research fellow at the US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

Professor Spindelman’s scholarship focuses largely on questions of inequality as they intersect law, society, and culture. In addition to current and recent work focused on LGBT rights, reproductive justice, and intersectional sex equality under law, he is the co-author of a leading casebook in Family Law, has published numerous articles, and has been quoted widely in the press.