Diversity Program: Reproductive Freedom
University of Louisville, School of Law, Cox Lounge
Sponsored by: Women's Law Caucus, Women's and Gender Studies, Planned Parenthood of Louisville, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky
Mimi Liu, attorney, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Washington, DC
Fran Ellers, Louisville writer and editor (and former Courier-Journal reporter)
Dona Wells, Interim Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky
Law student Randy Strobo will serve as moderator.
The event is free and open to the public.
Mimi Liu is a Staff Attorney in the Public Policy Litigation & Law Department of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) where she challenges attempts to restrict access to reproductive health care, advises Planned Parenthood affiliates around the country about the legal issues raised by such attempts, and assists with PPFA's efforts to influence state and federal legislation in order to improve access to women's health services. Prior to joining PPFA in 2004, Ms. Liu was an associate with the law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now WilmerHale) where she specialized in litigation. While at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, Ms. Liu served on the trial team in the challenge by the National Abortion Federation to the federal ban on so-called "partial birth abortion."
At PPFA, Ms. Liu has represented plaintiffs in challenges to state and federal laws that limit the availability of abortion services, mandate biased counseling of women seeking abortions, and restrict the scope of practice of advanced practice clinicians. Ms. Liu serves as co-counsel in Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota v. Rounds, a challenge to a South Dakota law requiring physicians to tell their patients that an abortion will terminate the life of a "whole, separate, unique, living human being." The case is currently pending before the en banc Eighth Circuit.
Ms. Liu is a 1999 cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and a 1996 graduate of the University of Alberta in Alberta, Canada. She clerked for the Honorable Justice Claire L'Heureux-Dubé of the Supreme Court of Canada in 2001-02.