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Common Threads: Examining State Restrictions on 14th Amendment Rights

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American Bar Association

321 North Clark Street

Chicago, IL 60654

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To what extent are states allowed to restrict 14th amendment rights? Reflecting on recent Supreme Court and District Court decisions, panelists will investigate this question in four separate areas of law – immigration, LGBTQIA rights, reproductive rights, and voting rights. Our speakers will illuminate common themes, including the burden on states to identify and defend interests purportedly served by restrictive laws; the standard of review; and the role of evidence in the court room. Speakers will place their cases in context and then consider how these decisions could shape constitutional law jurisprudence more broadly. Finally, they will discuss whether and how persuasive legal arguments have shaped how the public more broadly thinks about these issues, and what advocates can learn from one another moving forward.

Networking reception to follow.

Welcome Remarks by:

Robert M. Carlson, ABA President-Elect

Lourdes Rivera, Senior Vice President, U.S. Programs, Center for Reproductive Rights

Martin Quintana, President, Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois

Moderated by: Laura Beth Nielsen, Professor and Director of Legal Studies, Northwestern; Research Professor, American Bar Foundation


Steven Monroy, Staff Attorney, MALDEF

Amy Myrick, Staff Attorney, Judicial Strategy, Center for Reproductive Rights

Camilla Taylor, Acting Legal Director, Lambda Legal

Claudia Valenzuela, Detention Project Director, National Immigrant Justice Center

Cosponsored by:

American Bar Association Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice

American Bar Association Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities

American Constitution Society

Chicago Bar Association

Chinese American Bar Association of Greater Chicago

Cook County Bar Association

Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago

Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois

Hispanic National Bar Association Region IX

National Organization for Women Chicago Chapter

South Asian Bar Association of Chicago

Parking will not be available on site, however there are several parking lots located nearby.

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Chicago, IL 60654

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