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2017 Law and Biomedicine Colloquium – Katherine L. Watson

February 22, 2017 @ 3:05 pm - 5:05 pm

3:05 – 5:05 p.m., S.J. Quinney College of Law, Room 4603
The Law and Biomedicine Colloquium brings together scholars, practitioners in our community, law students, and law faculty for seminar-style discussion of complex and controversial topics in the field. We are excited to be welcoming four distinguished scholars from other law schools in the region, as well as leaders in legal practice in law and the biosciences. Registered students at the College of Law will receive one hour of credit for participating in the colloquium; other interested participants are welcome to join us. Visit the Center web page to learn more about the Center for Law and Biomedical Sciences.

Speaker Sessions open to the whole University community (other sessions are held exclusively for students).

1 hour CLE (pending).  Free and open to the public. For questions about this event contact Jackie (801) 587-0221.

*Visitors will need to check in at the information desk on level 1 or level 2 to receive access to level 4.


The Ethics of Abortion and the Law of Abortion: How Much Must They Overlap?

Abortion ethics can be divided into three questions—whether, when, and why. This lecture will first consider a wide range of philosophical approaches to abortion ethics that reach contradictory conclusions on these questions. Then it will turn to law, analyzing how abortion jurisprudence and legislation has responded to this diversity of ethical analysis in the past, and how it might do so in the future.


Katherine L. Watson, Associate Professor of Medical Education and Obstetrics and Gynecology, Northwestern University
Katie Watson, JD has been an award-winning teacher of bioethics, medical humanities, and law to medical students and graduate students at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, and a member of the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Ethics Committee, for over a decade. Professor Watson graduated from New York University School of Law, clerked in the federal judiciary, and practiced public interest law before completing Fellowships in Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago Medical School’s MacLean Center, and in Medical Humanities at Northwestern. Professor Watson is a Board member of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, and her book “Scarlet A: The Ethics, Law, and Politics of Ordinary Abortion” will be published by Oxford University Press in Winter 2018. In 2017 Watson changed her status to Adjunct Associate Professor of Medical Education and Obstetrics & Gynecology and reduced her time at Northwestern to take on a new role at the ACLU of Illinois as Senior Counsel for the Women’s and Reproductive Rights Project.


2017 Colloquium Schedule

January 11, 2017 – Stephanie Bair, Associate Professor, Brigham Young University

January 18, 2017 – Dave Gessel, Executive Vice President, Utah Hospital Association

January 25, 2017 – Suzette Goucher, JD, RN, Director Risk Management, University of Utah Hospital & Clinics

February 1, 2017 – Dan Burk, Professor, University of California, Irvine

February 8, 2017 – L. Rex Sears, Maschoff Brennan

February 15, 2017 – Teneille Brown, Professor of Law and Adjunct Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Utah

February 22, 2017 – Katherine L. Watson, Associate Professor of Medical Education and Obstetrics and Gynecology, Northwestern University

March 1, 2017 – Liza Vertinsky, Assistant Professor, Emory University



February 22, 2017
3:05 pm - 5:05 pm
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