Conversations on Family Policy

The Family Law & Policy Program regularly hosts conversations with the authors of works that focus on the modern family on the occasion of the publication of their new book. Our featured authors have topped the New York Times bestseller list, been featured in the book review section of the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and other national pages. These authors spotlight issues ranging from women’s reproductive health to elder care to the interplay between modern medicine and religious beliefs.


Past conversations

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Baroness Ruth Deech is a lifetime achievement award winner in family law.

past conversations

The Family Law & Policy Program is privileged to host conversations with authors writing in family law and related fields. Authors do book signings and public lectures. Past authors have included Michelle Oberman, Paul Offit, MD, and Jonathan Rauch. Below, watch Michelle Oberman discuss domestic and international issues affecting women's health, pregnancy and motherhood, and the effects of Latin America's War on Abortion. Watch Paul Offit discuss "Bad Faith:  When Religious Values Undermine Modern Medicine" and Jonathan Rauch discuss "Gay Rights, Nondiscrimination, and Religious Liberty: Can We Avoid a Train Wreck?"


Michelle Oberman is the Katharine and George Alexander Professor of Law at Santa Clara University School of Law and an internationally recognized scholar on the legal and ethical issues surrounding adolescence, pregnancy, and motherhood. She works at the intersection of public health and criminal law, focusing on domestic and international issues affecting women’s reproductive health. Her book When Mothers Kill (2008) won the Outstanding Book Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

Watch Paul Offit discuss the intersection between religious beliefs and modern medicine.

Paul A. Offit, MD
“Bad Faith: When Religious Belief Undermines Modern Medicine” (April 6, 2015) – Offit examined the costs of religious exemptions to medical neglect laws.

Watch Jonathan Rauch explore the horizons for LGBT professionals.

Jonathan Rauch
In connection with the annual Baum lecture given by Jonathan Rauch, Senior Fellow - Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution, the Family Law Society and Outlaw students spoke with Jonathan on the “Horizons for LGBT Professionals”