Professor Jessica Knouse to Deliver 2019 Katz Memorial Lecture

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Professor Jessica Knouse ’04

Professor Jessica Knouse ’04 from the University of Toledo College of Law will deliver the 5th Annual Katheryn D. Katz ’70 Memorial Lecture, titled "Reproductive Indeterminacy in Frozen Embryo Disputes," on Monday, October 28, 2019, at 4 p.m. in the Dean Alexander Moot Courtroom at Albany Law School.

The Katheryn D. Katz ’70 Lecture Series was established in 2014 to focus on the family law topics that Professor Katz made central to her teaching, including domestic violence, gender and the law, children and the law, reproductive rights, and inequality. Previous Katz lectures were delivered by Professors Melissa Breger (2015), Donna Young (2016), Mary A. Lynch (2017), and Stephen Clark (2018).

Professor Knouse teaches courses in Constitutional Law, Family Law, Reproductive Technology and Law, and Sexuality and Law. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection between constitutional law and family law, and she has published articles on topics including the law's influence on civil marriage, reproductive rights, identity politics, intersexuality, preimplantation genetic diagnosis, and posthumous conception.

Her recent published work includes: “Rhetoric Versus Reality: The Pro-Marriage Supreme Court and the Decline of Marriage” in the University of Toledo Law Review (forthcoming) and “Mandatory Ultrasounds and the Precession of Simulacra” in the San Diego Law Review (2017).

She received her B.A. from Boston University’s College of Arts and Sciences, where she majored in Latin and English. She received her J.D. from Albany Law School, where she was the Production Editor of the Albany Law Review and valedictorian of her graduating class.

After Albany Law she worked as an appellate court attorney for the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department, and as a law clerk for Justice Howard H. Dana Jr. of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

She received her LL.M. from Yale Law School.