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Constitutional Rights and Collective Action

Constitutional Law |  Labor Law
Rebecca E. Zietlow |  Jeffrey M. Hirsch
1 Hour 04 Minutes
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Original Program Date:
Mar 03, 2023
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These presentations will address two issues. The first will explore how the U.S. Constitution should (and arguably does) protect women’s right to travel out of state to exercise their reproductive right to an abortion, and how such a right is essential to women’s ability to participate in the labor market and therefore achieve equal citizenship in the political and economic realm. The second presentation will explore how collective action (primarily through unions) can help provide more protections for workers who need access to abortion-related benefits.

  • Rebecca Zietlow, Abortion, Citizenship, and the Right to Travel
  • Jeff Hirsch, Labor Law and Dobbs 



Rebecca E. Zietlow's Profile

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Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Distinguished University Professor

University of Toledo College of Law

Rebecca E. Zietlow is Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Charles W. Fornoff Professor of Law and Values and Distinguished University Professor at the University of Toledo College of Law, where she teaches Constitutional Law, Federal Courts, Civil Rights Litigation and Civil Procedure. She received her B.A. from Barnard College, and her J.D. from Yale Law School.  She is a fellow at the American Bar Foundation, and has served as Chair of the American Association of Law Schools Sections on Constitutional Law and Women in Legal Education. 

Professor Zietlow’s scholarly interest is in the study of the Reconstruction Era, including the meaning and history of the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments.  Professor Zietlow is also an expert on constitutional theory, examining constitutional interpretation outside of the courts.   Her most recent book, The Forgotten Emancipator: James Mitchell Ashley and the Ideological Origins of Reconstruction was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017. Her first book, Enforcing Equality: Congress, the Constitution and the Protection of Individual Rights (NYU Press 2006), studies the history of congressional protection of rights, and the implications of that history for constitutional theory.  Her work has been published in the Columbia Law Review, Boston University Law Review, Ohio State Law Journal, Florida Law Review, the Wake Forest Law Journal, and the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, amongst other publications.

Jeffrey M. Hirsch's Profile

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Geneva Yeargan Rand Distinguished Professor of Law

University of North Carolina School of Law

Jeffrey Hirsch, Geneva Yeargan Rand Distinguished Professor of Law, joined Carolina Law in 2011. He served as Associate Dean for Strategy from 2016-2018 and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2013-2016. Hirsch’s teaching and research focuses on labor and employment law issues, and he has authored numerous books, book chapters, articles, and essays on topics including technology in the workplace, unions, and dismissal law. His article Regulatory Pragmatism at Work was selected for the 2008 Seton Hall Labor & Employment Law Scholars’ Forum, and his co-authored article Comparative Wrongful Dismissal Law: Reassessing American Exceptionalism was selected for Princeton University’s 2012 Comparative Law Works in Progress Workshop. He is an editor of the Workplace Prof Blog, executive committee member of the Labor Law Group, research fellow at the NYU Center for Labor & Employment Law, former chair of the AALS Labor Relations & Employment Law Section, and former president of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools. Professor Hirsch received University of Tennessee’s Marilyn V. Yarbrough Faculty Award for Writing Excellence in 2016, Carolina Law’s Charles E. Daye Award for Excellence in Service in 2018, and Carolina Law’s Frederick B. McCall Award for Teaching Excellence in 2019, and in 2021 the Paul Steven Miller Award for outstanding academic and public contributions to the field of labor and employment law.


Hirsch earned his B.A. from the University of Virginia; Master of Public Policy from the College of William & Mary; and J.D. from the NYU School of Law, where he received the ABA/BNA Prize for Excellence in Labor & Employment Law and Seymour Goldstein Prize for Academic Excellence in Labor Relations. He then clerked for Judge Haldane Mayer, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and Judge Robert Beezer, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; litigated in the National Labor Relations Board’s Appellate Court Branch; and taught for several years at the University of Tennessee College of Law, as well as Vanderbilt University Law School as a visiting professor.



J.D. (cum laude), New York University Law School (1998)

M.P.P., College of William and Mary (1995)

B.A. (cum laude), American Government and Economics, University of Virginia (1992)