The Next Big Abortion Rights Case

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The Elena and Miles Zaremski Law Medicine Forum presents:

Professors Jonathan Adler and Jessie Hill will discuss FDA v. Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine, the next major abortion case to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. In this case, the Court will decide whether the FDA acted illegally when it took certain steps to make the abortion medication mifepristone easier to access. Adler and Hill will provide an overview of the case and debate some key legal issues, including whether the plaintiffs have standing to bring the lawsuit and whether the 19th-century Comstock Act is relevant to the FDA's 21st-century rulings.

Speaker Bios

Jonathan H. Adler is the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law and the founding Director of the Coleman P. Burke Center for Environmental Law at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he teaches courses in environmental, administrative and constitutional law.

Adler is the author or editor of seven books, including Marijuana Federalism: Uncle Sam and Mary Jane (Brookings Institution Press, 2020), Business and the Roberts Court (Oxford University Press, 2016), Rebuilding the Ark: New Perspectives on Endangered Species Act Reform (AEI Press, 2011) and Climate Liberalism: Perspectives on Liberty, Property and Pollution (Palgrave).

His articles have appeared in publications ranging from the Harvard Environmental Law Review and Yale Journal on Regulation to the Wall Street Journal, and New York Times. He has testified before Congress a dozen times, and his work has been cited in the U.S. Supreme Court. A 2021 study identified Adler as the fifth most cited legal academic in administrative and environmental law from 2016 to 2020.

Adler is a contributing editor to National Review Online and a regular contributor to the popular legal blog, The Volokh Conspiracy. A regular commentator on constitutional and regulatory issues, he has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, ranging from the PBS Newshour and National Public Radio to the Fox News Channel and Entertainment Tonight. Adler is also a senior fellow at the Property & Environment Research Center in Bozeman, Montana. In 2018, Adler helped co-found the organization Checks and Balances.

In 2004, Adler received the Paul M. Bator Award, given annually by the Federalist Society for Law and Policy Studies to an academic under 40 for excellence in teaching, scholarship, and commitment to students. In 2007, the Case Western Reserve University Law Alumni Association awarded Adler their annual "Distinguished Teacher Award." In 2018, Adler was elected to membership of the American Law Institute.

Prior to joining the faculty at Case Western Reserve, Adler clerked for the Honorable David B. Sentelle on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. From 1991 to 2000, Adler worked at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a free market research and advocacy group in Washington, D.C., where he directed CEI's environmental studies program. He holds a BA magna cum laude from Yale University and a JD summa cum.

Jessie Hill is the Judge Ben C. Green Professor of Law, School of Law, and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, School of Law

Jessie Hill’s teaching and scholarship focus on constitutional law, civil rights, reproductive rights and law and religion. Her articles have been published in the Michigan Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Georgetown Law Journal, and Texas Law Review, among others. She has also appeared in numerous local and national press outlets, including CNN, the New York Times, Ms. Magazine, and NPR.

Hill is a frequent lecturer and consultant on reproductive rights issues, and she is currently litigating numerous challenges to abortion restrictions in Ohio. She is the founding director of the Reproductive Rights Law Initiative at the School of Law, which provides education and legal support relating to reproductive rights. Her work was recently profiled in the Case Law-Med magazine.

Hill has received recognition for her work both within and outside the academy. She is a recipient of the university’s Distinguished Research Award. She has also been appointed a Nootbaar Fellow in Law and Religion at Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law. In 2023, she received both the Black Law Students Association Faculty Award and the Champion for Women Award from the Cuyahoga Democratic Women’s Caucus, and she has been recognized by the ACLU of Ohio for her reproductive rights advocacy.

Hill joined the faculty in 2003 after practicing First Amendment and civil rights law with the firm of Berkman, Gordon, Murray & DeVan in Cleveland. Before entering private practice, Hill worked at the Reproductive Freedom Project of the National ACLU office in New York. She also served as law clerk to the Honorable Karen Nelson Moore of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She received her JD, magna cum laude, from Harvard University and her AB, magna cum laude, from Brown University.

Lecture Series

Elena and Miles Zaremski Law-Medicine Forum

Subject Headings

reproductive rights; abortion rights; FDA v. Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine


Law School Moot Courtroom (A59) and Virtual

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