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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Call For Papers: Journal of Law and Health’s Annual Symposium: The Legal and Ethical Implications of Posthumous Reproduction

Dear Colleagues:

You are invited to submit an Article for possible inclusion in Journal of Law and Health’s Annual Symposium: The Legal and Ethical Implications of Posthumous Reproduction. The Journal of Law and Health is a student-run publication dedicated to publishing innovative articles that offer diverse perspectives on the intersection between law, health and medicine.

The selection of the Symposium topic was a result of the recent Supreme Court decision in Astrue v. Capato, 132 S. Ct. 995 (2012). In that case, the Supreme Court held that children conceived through in vitro fertilization after the death of a parent were not automatically entitled to survivor benefits under the Social Security law. The Court stated that the children’s eligibility to receive the benefits depended upon their ability to inheritance under the state’s intestacy system. The facts of the Astrue case indicate just one of the legal consequences of posthumous reproduction.  The Symposium aims to give judges, legislators, and academics the opportunity to present research that highlights the legal and ethical issues that may occur because of the availability of posthumous reproduction.

If you are interested in presenting at the Symposium, please submit a 600-word abstract describing your topic and a copy of your curriculum vitae by October 1, 2012 to Journal of Law and Health at Please include “Submission: Annual Symposium” in the subject line. Persons selected to participate in the Symposium will be notified by Friday November 16, 2012. The First Annual Journal of Law and Health Symposium will be held in March 2013. Please see the enclosed sheet for important dates and other information. 

Thank you greatly for your time, effort, and interest. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Sasha Swoveland at Please feel free to pass along this information to colleagues that you think would be interested.


Trent Stechschulte
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Law and Health

Journal of Law and Health
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
2121 Euclid Avenue LB 138
Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2214

 Important Dates

Abstract and CV deadline:  October 1, 2012
 * Abstracts should be no longer than 600 words.

Offer Date deadline:   November 16, 2012
* The Journal of Law and Health will contact by this date, if it is interested in publishing your paper.

Symposium Presentation:   March 2013
* As part of the publication, every author is required to present at the Annual Journal of Law and Health Symposium. The Journal will be able to reimburse/ pay for travel expenses of speakers. Please contact Sasha Swoveland, if you have any further questions regarding the symposium.

Final Version deadline:   August 1, 2013
* Your final draft of the paper is due on this date. Once papers are collected, the Journal will begin its editing process.

Important Contact Information

Editor-in-Chief:  Trent Stechschulte   419.236.5310
Senior Editor:  Sasha Swoveland   330.232.4946  

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