Panel: "What Happens if Roe is (Not) Overturned? A Discussion on the Future of American Politics After Dobbs v. Jackson"


Location: 1030 Jenkins Nanovic Hall (View on map )


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Join us as we kick off the Spring 2022 semester with a panel discussion on the future of American politics after Dobbs v. Jackson, "What Happens if Roe is (Not) Overturned?".  Featuring former Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-IL), Prof. Sherif Girgis (ND Law School), and Prof. Christina Wolbrecht (ND Political Science), conversation will focus on the potential political and legal outcomes of one of the Supreme Court's most controversial cases of this term. 

The event will take place on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 12:30pm in Jenkins Nanovic Room 1030. 

Co-sponsored by the ND Gender Studies Program.

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Dan Lipinski served eight terms as the U.S. representative for Illinois's 3rd congressional district from 2005 to 2021. He received his bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from Northwestern University in 1988, a masters degree in engineering systems from Stanford University in 1989, and a Ph.D. in political science from Duke University in 1998. Lipinksi taught at the University of Notre Dame from 2000-2001, before joining the faculty of the University of Tennessee where he remained until his election to Congress in 2004. Known for some of his more Catholic social stances in Congress, Lipinski is a pro-life democrat and served as co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Pro-Life Caucus.

Sherif Girgis is an Associate Professor of Law at the Notre Dame Law School, a position he has held since 2021. Prior to joining Notre Dame Law, Prof. Girgis practiced law at Jones Day in Washington, D.C., where he focused on appellate and complex civil litigation. Before that, he served as a law clerk to Justice Samuel Alito, Jr., of the U.S. Supreme Court. Now completing his Ph.D. in philosophy at Princeton, Prof. Girgis earned his J.D. at Yale Law School after completing a B.Phil. at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He is a coauthor of What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense, cited by Justice Alito in United States v. Windsor, and Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination, released by Oxford University Press in 2017.

Christina Wolbrecht is a professor of political science and the C. Robert and Margaret Hanley Family Director of the Notre Dame Washington Program, as well as affiliated faculty in the Gender Studies Program and a faculty fellow of the Klau Institute for Civil and Human Rights. She has written widely on women's suffrage and women voters, including two co-authored books, A Century of Votes for Women: American Elections Since Suffrage (Cambridge 2020) and Counting Women's Ballots: Female Voters from Suffrage Through the New Deal (Cambridge 2016). Wolbrecht has authored or co-authored articles on such topics as women as political role models, the representation of women, and partisan position-taking on education policy. She is co-editor of the journal Politics & Gender and of the book series, Cambridge Studies in Gender and Politics.  


Presented by the Center for Citizenship & Constitutional Government as a Napa Forum event.