In Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the US Supreme Court stated: “Our obligation is to define the liberty of all, not to mandate our own moral code.” Yet for many the Court has done just that: whether it be defining who one is allowed to marry, where one is allowed to go to school, or whether one is just allowed to “be” has often depended on the decisions of the US Supreme Court. This Colloquy will examine the effect of Supreme Court decisions on our most personal understanding: who we are.
Gwyn Firth Murray is founder and principal of the Matau Legal Group, which offers a broad range of commercial, licensing, and other legal services to both start-up and established companies in the high tech and biotech industries (see www.mataulegal.com). Ms. Murray also provides expert witness and litigation support services in the area of free and open source software licensing (FLOSS, FOSS, or OSS). Gwyn is a graduate of Stanford University Law School, and also holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Stanford University. She obtained her B.A. magna cum laude and with distinction in economics from Yale College. Gwyn is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.
Kim L. Lengert is the founding attorney of Lengert Law, an estate planning and administration firm that serves people throughout Pennsylvania. Kim is a past Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Solo & Small Firm Section, A former Representative in the Pa Bar House of Delegates, and a Member of the Solo & Small Firm Council. Kim is a regular participant in the Pennsylvania Estate Law Institute and The Conference, the annual educational event for the Solo & Small Firm Section. Kim is an ordained Pastor and provides worship leadership for local congregations. She is a recognized speaker for both community, religious, and legal education organizations on Estate Planning, Family Law, Technology in Law Firms, Solo Firm development, Theology, and social concerns.
Summaries of US Supreme Court cases will be used as the basis for discussions on 1) Race, 2) Abortion, and 3) LGBTQ issues
Plessy v. Ferguson 163 U.S. 537 (1896)
Korematsu v. United States 323 U.S. 214 (1944)
Brown v. Board of Education 347 U.S. 483 (1954)
Loving v. Virginia 388 U.S. 1 (1967)
Regents of the University of California v. Bakke 438 U.S. 265 (1978)
Dred Scott v. Sandford 60 U.S. 393 (1857)
Griswold v. Connecticut 381 U.S. 479 (1965)
Roe v. Wade 410 U.S. 113 (1973)
Planned Parenthood of Se. Pa. v. Casey 505 U.S. 833 (1992)
Whole Woman’s Health et al v. Jackson, Judge, District Court of Texas, 114th District, et al No. 21-463 (2021)
Bowers v. Hardwick 478 U.S. 186 (1986)
Lawrence v. Texas 539 U.S. 558 (2003)
Romers v. Evans 517 U.S. 620 (1996)
U.S. v. Windsor 133 S.Ct. 2675 (2013)
Hollingsworth v. Perry 133 S.Ct. 2652 (2013)
Obegefell v. Hodges 576 U.S. ___ No. 14–556
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