The Annual Distinguished Lecture presented by Melissa Murray | April 1, 2021

Race-ing Roe: Reproductive Justice, Racial Justice, and the Battle for Roe v. Wade

Thursday, April 1th, 2021
12:45 – 2:00 pm

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The Annual Distinguished Lecture will be held on Thursday, April 1st, 2021 featuring Melissa Murray. Murray is Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network at New York University, where she teaches Constitutional Law, Family Law, Reproductive Rights and Justice, and Criminal Law.

Murray’s research considers the legal regulation of sex and sexuality, and includes such topics as marriage and its alternatives, the legal regulation of caregiving, sexual assault and harassment, and reproductive rights and justice. Her publications have appeared (or are forthcoming) in the California Law Review, Columbia Law Review, Harvard Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Pennsylvania Law Review, Virginia Law Review, and Yale Law Journal, among others.  She is an author ( with K. Luker) of Cases on Reproductive Rights and Justice, the first casebook to cover the field of reproductive rights and justice.  She is a co-editor (with K. Shaw and R. Siegel) of Reproductive Rights and Justice Stories.  Murray has translated her scholarly writing for popular audiences by publishing in the New York Times, Newsweek, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Nation, and Huffington Post, and has offered commentary for numerous media outlets, including NPR, MSNBC, CNN, ABC, and PBS.  She is also a co-host of Strict Scrutiny, a podcast about the Supreme Court and the legal culture that surrounds it.

Prior to joining the NYU Law faculty, Murray was the Alexander F. and May T. Morrison Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, where she received the law school’s Rutter Award for Teaching Distinction and, from March 2016 to June 2017, served as interim dean of the law school.

Murray is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she was a Jefferson Scholar and an Echols Scholar, and Yale Law School, where she was notes development editor of the Yale Law Journal.  Following law school, Murray clerked for Sonia Sotomayor, then a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Stefan Underhill of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.  She is a member of the American Law Institute and the New York bar.

About the Annual Distinguished Lecture

The Annual Distinguished Lecture was established in 1986 to bring outstanding legal scholars to Boston University School of Law to present lectures on important legal topics. Revised versions of the lectures are published in the Boston University Law Review.


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