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Georgetown Law Center to Host Justice Kagan for Inaugural Dean’s Lecture

Georgetown LawU.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan has been invited to speak at Georgetown University Law Center next week, according to the University’s website.

Before serving on the high court, Kagan served both as associate counsel and as deputy assistant for domestic policy to President Clinton.  During her time working for the Clinton administration, Kagan, according to CNSNews, wrote a strategy memo in opposition to a bill that would outlaw partial birth abortion. Specifically, she wrote:

Todd Stern just discovered that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is thinking about issuing a statement (attached) that includes the following sentence: “[A] select panel convened by ACOG could identify no circumstances under which [the partial-birth] procedure… would be the only option to save the life or preserve the health of the woman.” This, of course, would be disaster — not the less so (in fact, the more so) because ACOG continues to oppose the legislation. It is unclear whether ACOG will issue the statement; even if it does not, there is obviously a chance that the draft will become public.

To remedy that situation, Kagan, according to National Review, “proposed that ACOG include the following language: ‘An intact D&X [the medical term for the procedure], however, may be the best or most appropriate procedure in a particular circumstance to save the life or preserve the health of a woman.”

Those words were adopted verbatim by ACOG and, according to National Review, were “one of the greatest evidentiary hurdles faced by Justice Department lawyers… in defending the federal ban.”

NARAL Pro-Choice America reportedly supported Kagan’s nomination to the high court. Planned Parenthood offered its endorsement of her nomination as well.

Kagan is scheduled to be at Georgetown University Law Center on March 17 for a public conversation with Dean William Treanor.

“We are honored to host Justice Elena Kagan,” reportedly said Treanor. “Given Georgetown Law's longstanding commitment to public service – and to the ethos that law is but the means, justice is the end, there is no one more fitting to give our inaugural Dean's Lecture to the Graduating Class than a member of the nation's highest court.”

He reportedly added, “I hope the conversation with Justice Kagan will serve to reaffirm the students' commitment to justice and to the legal profession.”

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