Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization Panel
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In response to the apparent decision by a majority of the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, Chicago-Kent hosted a panel discussion about this critical topic. Assuming
Chicago-Kent professors Carolyn Shapiro, Steven Heyman, Kathy Baker, and Felice Batlan, along with Chicago-Kent alumna, Jennifer Welch '94, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL) discussed the range of issues implicated by the Court's holding, followed by an open discussion.
Anita K. Krug joined the Chicago-Kent College of Law faculty as dean on August 1, 2019. The first woman to be named permanent dean in the law school's history, Krug is an accomplished securities law scholar, an experienced leader in higher education, and a former law firm partner.
Before coming to Chicago-Kent, Krug was interim vice chancellor for academic affairs for the University of Washington's Bothell campus. She joined the University of Washington School of Law in 2010 as an assistant professor and moved up the ranks quickly. She earned tenure in 2014, served as the associate dean for research and faculty development from 2014 to 2016, and became a full professor in 2016. She served as interim dean of the law school from 2017 to 2018. During her tenure as dean, Krug worked to ensure the school’s financial stability, to enhance student success, to deepen engagements with alumni and the legal community, to promote diversity and inclusion, and to increase funds for scholarships.
Before making the transition into teaching, Krug was a law firm partner with an active practice advising investment management firms. She parlayed that expertise into her scholarship. Her research has centered on such topics as the fiduciary duties of investment advisers and broker-dealers, disclosure requirements under the securities laws, commodity futures regulation, corporate structure and governance, and regulation governing financial firm bankruptcies.
Krug has published articles in top journals, including the Columbia Law Review, Southern California Law Review, Washington University Law Review, and Boston University Law Review. Her article “Investing and Pretending,” published in the Iowa Law Review, was selected for the 2015 Harvard/Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum at Harvard Law School.
Before entering academia, Krug practiced securities law—first as an associate and then as a partner—at Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin PC (now Arnold & Porter LLP) in San Francisco. Before that, she was an associate at Foley Hoag LLP in Boston and worked part-time as an attorney at Hale and Dorr LLP (now Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr LLP) in Boston while completing her Ph.D. dissertation.
Krug earned her Ph.D. and master's degrees in political science from Harvard University and her J.D. degree from Harvard Law School, where she was an articles editor of the Harvard Law Review. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Norman H. Stahl of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Krug graduated summa cum laude from Kansas State University with a B.A. degree in political science and economics and, immediately after earning her bachelor’s degree, spent a year in Germany as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Cologne.
Steven J. Heyman attended Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he served as a Supreme Court editor of the Harvard Law Review. After graduating in 1984, he worked as a law clerk to Judge Harry T. Edwards of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and then as an associate at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Shea & Gardner. In 1989, he joined the faculty of Chicago-Kent, where he teaches criminal law, torts, legislation, constitutional law, and the First Amendment. In 2016, he received the law school’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has also been a visiting law professor at the University of Colorado, Vanderbilt, and Indiana University–Bloomington.
Professor Heyman is a leading First Amendment scholar who has written extensively on the foundations and limits of freedom of expression. His books include Free Speech and Human Dignity (Yale University Press 2008) and a two-volume anthology entitled Hate Speech and the Constitution (Garland/Rutledge 1996). He has written many law review articles on topics ranging from hate speech and pornography to funeral picketing to the First Amendment jurisprudence of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. In recent years, he has published a series of articles on religious freedom and the Constitution. In addition to the First Amendment, Professor Heyman’s work explores many other aspects of constitutional law and legal philosophy, including affirmative rights, the meaning of the Second Amendment, whether there should be a legal duty to rescue, and the legal and political thought of Aristotle, Locke, and Hegel.
Professor Heyman was elected to the American Law Institute in 1998, and serves on the Board of Advisors of the Chicago Lawyers Chapter of the American Constitution Society.
Katharine Baker is a distinguished professor of law. She is an expert in family law, particularly in the modern law of marriage and parenthood, and she has written extensively on sexual violence and misconduct, especially in the lives of young adults. Her work focuses on the intersection of women's intimate lives and the law.
Baker's articles have been published in numerous journals, including the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, University of Chicago Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, and Boston University Law Review. She is also the author of Family Law: The Essentials (with Katharine B. Silbaugh) and numerous book chapters.
Baker is a multiple award-winning teacher, having taught Contracts, Property, Family Law, Evidence, Gender and the Law, Sexual Orientation and the Law, Environmental Law, and numerous seminars on feminism. She has also developed and taught several novel experiential courses designed to prepare law students with non-doctrinal skills they need to be successful professionals.
From 2001 to 2010, Baker was associate dean for faculty development at Chicago-Kent. She has visited at Yale Law School, the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and Northwestern Law School.
Prior to joining the Chicago-Kent faculty, Baker was an attorney for the Department of Justice and a law clerk to the Honorable Edward R. Becker of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.