Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Call for Papers: The Effect of Dobbs on Work Law

Nicole Porter, who just joined Chicago-Kent and is the new director of the  Martin H. Malin Institute for Law and the Workplace, writes about a really interesting symposium call for papers:


 Symposium Hosted by the Martin H. Malin Institute for Law and the Workplace at Chicago-Kent College of Law

The Effect of Dobbs on Work Law

The Supreme Court’s 2022 decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization is nothing short of monumental. It will undoubtedly have significant and far-reaching effects on almost all areas of life, including families (and family law), relationships, the criminal justice system, healthcare, travel, and state and federal politics, to name a few. It will also undoubtedly have significantly different effects based on race, ethnicity, class, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, and disability.

These issues are already being discussed and explored and will continue to be for years (if not decades). This symposium will explore the effect of Dobbs on work law. Potential issues might include: privacy in the workplace, pregnancy discrimination protections, state and federal maternity leave laws, employers’ liability for assisting employees in procuring abortions, implications for religiously affiliated employers, effects on workers with disabilities, racial and class differences regarding how Dobbs affects the workplace, sexual harassment law, implications for marital status discrimination, potential role of unions and other collective action, and undoubtedly many other potential issues not listed here.

The Martin H. Malin Institute for Law and the Workplace (“Institute”) at Chicago-Kent College of Law will sponsor an in-person symposium on Friday, March 3, 2023, at the College of Law. Out-of-town speakers’ reasonable travel expenses to Chicago will be paid for by Chicago-Kent. Papers will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Employee Rights & Employment Policy Journal, which is a peer-edited journal published jointly by the Institute at Chicago-Kent and the Labor Law Group.

If interested in submitting a proposal, please send a proposed title and one- or two-paragraph description to Professor Nicole Buonocore Porter, Director of the Institute, at [email protected]. Proposals can address other issues not mentioned above, as long as they are related to the workplace and/or work law. Please include “Symposium Proposal” on the subject line. Please make sure to also include your institutional affiliation and contact information. Proposals are due by Friday, August 12. I hope to have decisions regarding the acceptance of proposals by September 2. Initial drafts of papers will be due two weeks before the symposium.

Final drafts will be due one month after the in-person event. Questions can be directed to Nicole at the email above.



Jeff Hirsch


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