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Eve Gartner, Top Planned Parenthood Attorney, to Discuss Gonzales v. Carhart Ruling and Impact on a Woman’s Right to Choose

Sarah Wunsch ’77 of Massachusetts ACLU to receive Eric Neisser Public Interest Award

September 21, 2007 – 

As part of an annual event held in conjunction with the opening of a new U.S. Supreme Court term, Eve C. Gartner, who argued Gonzales v. Planned Parenthood in the U.S. Supreme Court last term, will speak about “Gonzales v. Carhart: What Does This Ruling Mean for the Future of a Woman’s Right to Choose?” on Wednesday, October 3, at Rutgers School of Law–Newark. Gartner is a senior staff attorney in the public policy litigation and law department at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, whose lawsuit challenged the lack of an exception for women’s health in the Partial-Birth Abortion Act. She has been involved in several key reproductive rights cases at Planned Parenthood and at the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy.

The First Monday/Student Action Campaign is sponsored by the law school’s Eric R. Neisser Public Interest Program and Law Students for Reproductive Justice. The goal of First Monday is to educate campus communities about important social justice issues and expose students to careers in public interest advocacy. 

Following Gartner’s presentation, Sarah Wunsch ’77, staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, will receive the 2007 Eric R. Neisser Public Interest Award. The award recognizes outstanding public service by a Rutgers Law School graduate who participated in the Constitutional Litigation Clinic. After law school, Wunsch practiced union-side labor law for several years before moving to the Center for Constitutional Rights, where she worked on cases involving international human rights, civil rights, reproductive rights, and freedom of speech. Before joining the staff of the Massachusetts ACLU, she was a member of the staff of the Massachusetts attorney general.

What:  First Monday/Student Action Campaign 
When: 4 - 5:30 pm, Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Who: Eve C. Gartner, Planned Parenthood, on “Gonzales v. Carhart: What Does This Ruling Mean for the Future of a Woman’s Right to Choose?”
Sarah Wunsch ’77, Massachusetts ACLU, recipient of the Eric R. Neisser Public  Interest Award. Reception to follow 
Where: Baker Trial Courtroom, Rutgers School of Law–Newark