From the official announcement:
The Association of American Law Schools and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine are jointly sponsoring a workshop on Reproductive Medicine and the Law.
After more than two decades, assisted reproductive technologies coupled with increasingly sophisticated prenatal diagnostic techniques still raise a host of vexing questions for families, scholars, and legal and medical practitioners. Who gets access to these technologies, and why? Money is important as well as all sorts of judgments about who is “fit” to parent, whether on the basis of age, race, marital status or sexual orientation. Scholars from a variety of cross cultural, feminist, religious, and race perspectives have explored the social implications of the increasing array of choices.
What makes this workshop unique is that it brings together a distinguished faculty of leading medical practitioners and legal scholars who have explored these issues over the years. Each session will include both law professors and physicians who will engage with each other and with the participants in a dialogue that promises to be both provocative and to provide new perspectives on these issues.
In addition, this workshop is being held contemporaneously with the Family Law Workshop. A highlight will be a plenary session for both meetings that focuses on different perspectives on family formation with presentations on the issues that physicians encounter, a family law perspective, gay and lesbian issues, and religious perspectives, focusing on Islam. Attendees of the workshops will be free to participate in each others sessions.