Rutgers Law School Co-Dean Kimberly Mutcherson to Deliver 2020 Katz Lecture

By Lauren Mineau
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Kimberly Mutcherson

Kimberly Mutcherson, co-dean and professor of law at Rutgers Law School, will deliver the 6th Annual Katheryn D. Katz ’70 Memorial Lecture on Monday, October 19, 2020, at 4:30 p.m.

Dean Mutcherson will give her talk, titled “Pursuing Reproductive Justice during a Global Pandemic,” virtually via Zoom.

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), Stephen Clark (2018), and Jessica Knouse ’04 of the University of Toledo College of Law (2019).

Dean Mutcherson’s scholarly work is at the intersection of family law, health law, and bioethics. She writes on issues related to reproductive justice, with a focus on assisted reproduction, abortion, and maternal-fetal decision-making.

Her recent published work includes: FEMINIST JUDGMENTS: REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE REWRITTEN (Cambridge University Press 2020; editor), “Reproductive Rights without Resources or Recourse” in the Hastings Center Report, and “Things That Money Can Buy: Reproductive Justice and the International Market for Gestational Surrogacy” in the North Carolina Journal of International Law.

Dean Mutcherson received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in United States History and minored in English. She earned her J.D. from Columbia Law School and was a co-founder of Women of Color Coalition, co-coordinator of Women of Color and the Law Conference, served as a teaching assistant, and participated in the dean search committee.

After law school, she worked as a staff attorney at The HIV Law Project. There, she coordinated an advocacy-training program for women with HIV and served as co-counsel on a case that challenged a New York State law mandating HIV testing of all newborns.

In 2000, she joined New York University School of Law as an acting assistant professor, which launched her distinguished teaching career. She has taught at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, and Drexel University College of Medicine. She was also a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics and the Columbia Law School Center for Gender and Sexuality Law.

Since joining Rutgers Law School in 2002, she has held numerous roles starting with assistant professor and rising the ranks to co-dean in 2019.