Journal of Law & Health Spring Symposium 2023

Friday, February 17, 2023 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: CSU College of Law


Cleveland State University College of Law’s Journal of Law and Health will discuss the ongoing consequences of Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization will have on various fields in healthcare and the privacy concerns facing people with rapidly changing laws.



$75 - CLE Credit (In-person and Remote)
$25 - Non-CLE Credit (In-person and Remote)


CSU Students, Faculty and Staff- Free 

 Register (CSU Students & Faculty Only)

3.75 Hours CLE Credit




12:45 - 1:00 PM


1:00 - 1:45 Pm

Confronting Post-Dobbs Criminalization and Data Privacy: State and Local Policy Reponses

This panel features: Adrienne R. Ghorashi, DeAnna Baumle, and Patty Skuster who will discuss interstate shield laws and other data privacy measures related to abortion while exploring potential barriers and public health implication in light of Dobbs.

1:45 - 2:15 Pm

Abortion as Healthcare

Dr. Maria Phillis will discuss abortion as a common health intervention and how the Dobbs decision renders the law at odds with the decisions and choices healthcare professional must make to keep their patients safe and healthy.

2:15 - 2:45 PM

Legal Risks Associated with Self-Managed Abortion

Patty Skuster, JD, MPP will discuss the legal risk associated with self-managed abortion, contrast differences in legal risk between misoprostol and mifepristone, as well as specific risk related to subpoenas, surveillance, and transmission of abortion information

2:45 - 3:15 PM

Practitioner Concerns Regarding Cybersecurity and Criminalization of Abortion

Featuring Madelyn Grant, JD

3:15 - 3:45 pm

Practitioner Perspective Regarding Changes in Law From Dobbs and Healthcare Compliance

Featuring Susan Scheutzow

4:00 - 5:00 pm

Keynote:  The Future of IVF Post Dobbs

Dr. Rebecca Feinberg will be speaking on how the Dobbs decision and laws surrounding it may impact the legal status of an embryo and utilization of In Vitro Fertilization which is commonly used to help with fertility, prevent genetic problems, or assist with the conception of a child.

Keynote speaker: 

Rebecca Feinberg JD, MBe, MS

Rebecca Feinberg JD, MBe, MS, is a fellow at Harvard’s Center for Bioethics and a Teaching Associate Professor at DePaul University. She teaches healthcare policy, healthcare law and bioethics.  Her field is healthcare policy in women's health with a focus on reproduction.  In addition, she works on resource allocation in the developing world with a focus on preventive care.

Professor Feinberg's interdisciplinary work has been published in law reviews, medical journals and bioethics journals.  In addition, she has co-authored multiple guidance documents published by the World Health Organization.  She presents annually at a variety of regional and national conferences including the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH), American Society for Law, Medicine and Ethics (ASLME), and The Annual Reproductive Ethics Conference.

Panel Speakers:

DeAnna Baumle JD, MSW

DeAnna Baumle JD, MSW, is a Law and Policy Analyst in the Policy Surveillance Program at  Temple University’s Center for Public Health Law Research. She is responsible for researching, creating, and maintaining legal datasets across emerging public health topics. Prior to joining the Center, DeAnna was a law clerk at the Staff Attorney’s Office in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In that role, she worked on pro se appeals and substantive motions involving a wide variety of issues, including constitutional law, employment discrimination, habeas corpus, and the rights of people who are incarcerated. While in law school, she interned with and volunteered for several advocacy organizations and projects, including Proyecto Dilley, the ACLU, the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice, the National Institute for Reproductive Health, and Day One.

Adrienne R. Ghorashi JD

Adrienne R. Ghorashi JD, is a Lead Law and Policy Analyst at Temple University’s Center for Public Health Law Research, where she leads multidisciplinary legal epidemiology studies tracking and evaluating the public health impact of laws. She is an attorney, academic researcher, and social justice activist. Her expertise is in sexual and reproductive health laws, with a focus on US and global abortion access. Her work also includes intersecting issues of health and equity, such as housing inequality, healthcare access, criminalization, and immigrants’ rights. She maintains annual updates to the Center’s State Abortion Laws database and is an expert on the rapidly shifting legal landscape of abortion regulation. Adrienne is a Society of Family Planning (SFP) Changemakers in Family Planning grantee and currently serves as co-chair of APHA’s Abortion Task Force. Her policy research and commentary has appeared in various peer-reviewed journals, conferences, blogs, and the media.

Madelyn Grant '18 JD

Madelyn Grant JD, is a practicing attorney at Friedman, Nemecek & Long L.L.C. and an Adjunct Professor of Cybercrime at Cleveland State University’s College of Law. Madelyn teaches on the intricate nature of cyber offenses and how to succeed in highly complex and technologically focuses criminal cases. She has several publications amongst the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and Attorney at Law Magazine and has spoken across the Cleveland community on Cybercrime and privacy issues.

Maria A. Phillis JD, MD

Maria A. Phillis JD, MD, is a board certified OBGYN and maternal fetal medicine fellow in Cleveland at Case Western Reserve (MetroHealth and University Hospitals).  She previously completed her OBGYN residency training at Case Western Reserve University (University Hospitals) and medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  Prior to medical school she served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney at the Lake County Prosecuting Attorneys Office and completed her JD at The University of Chicago Law School.  She currently serves on the Executive Board of Preterm Cleveland and the Executive Board of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.



Susan Scheutzow JD

Susan Scheutzow JD, Susan is known as one of Ohio’s leading healthcare attorneys and is the author of the book “Ohio Health Care Provider Law,” which has been relied upon in healthcare law across the state for more than 20 years. As counsel, she works with clients on regulatory and compliance matters, medical staff and licensing issues, contract negotiations, litigation and general corporate law. Susan also serves as General Counsel for Southwest General Hospital. She is a current fellow and former board member of the American Health Lawyers Association, and currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the associations Journal of Health and Life Sciences Law. She was also honored with the Distinguished Women in Healthcare award from the Visiting Nurse Association and served as a member of the Ohio State Dental Board. She also is frequently asked to contribute to various health law publications. Susan pioneered the curriculum in Health Law at Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and continues to teach graduate and undergraduate courses in health law at Baldwin-Wallace University.

Patty Skuster JD, MPP

Patty Skuster JD, MPP, specializes in international reproductive rights and the regulation of abortion globally. She is the Beck Chair in Law at Temple Law School, where she teaches Health and Human Rights and Reproductive Health Law. She is also a Fellow with the Center for Public Health Law Research. Skuster’s work aims to improve understanding of abortion regulation and the effect of reproductive health law on public health outcomes. She is interested in how criminalization influences public health in the context of abortion and other stigmatized behaviors. Skuster has authored dozens of publications including guidebooks, briefing papers, trainings, articles, and reports on such topics as partnering with law enforcement, regulation of abortion, US foreign policy, and self-managed abortion. Prior to joining Temple Law School, Skuster spent 15 years with Ipas, a global health organization. Her research at Ipas focused on legal risk from self-managed abortion, reproductive health in humanitarian settings, and regulation of self-managed and telemedicine abortion. She worked to improve reproductive health law and policy through training and publications for ministry officials, parliamentarians, advocates, and lawyers in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Skuster also established and oversaw Ipas’s US federal policy program and led work with United Nations and African human rights bodies.


CLE credit: 3.75 hours

Category: CLE Programs, Public Lectures, Student

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