CLE Bar Association Hosts Landscape Symposium in Ohio After Dobbs
CLEVELAND — In the weeks since the Supreme Court overturned Roe V. Wade, we’ve seen protests, trigger laws go into effect and confusion.
Becky Ruppert McMahon is the executive director of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. She said the organization has been inundated with calls from people asking where Ohio is after Dobbs.
“People who say, ‘Does Ohio still have abortions? If I need an abortion, where can I go? “, she said. “We also heard then from our members, who are lawyers, judges, law students and business people, saying, ‘I don’t understand what the laws are. I don’t understand what’s different today.
Ian Friedman, Friedman & Nemecek, said he too received these calls.
“Everyone is looking for information. Everyone is waiting for an answer,” he said. “A vendor here in Ohio reached out on a Sunday night and said, ‘Ian, what does tomorrow look like for us?’ and I realized that this question was going to be the most frequently asked question.
So Friedman worked with the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association to organize a symposium Monday night to try to answer some of those questions.
“Our goal is to take the critical issues happening around us that impact the law and break them down and explain them in a way that not only lawyers can understand, but also people who day-to-day people can understand,” said Ruppert McMahon. “We brought together medical providers, lawyers, people involved at the political level, really anyone who presents a different point of view on what is happening was essential for us.”
The symposium covered four main topics: Abortion 101, Knowing Your Rights, Where We’re Going, and Regulation/Compliance.
“They’ve heard the patient perspective all the way through to frontline workers, counselors, providers, and then those of us lawyers who are now being asked these questions,” Friedman said.
Friedman noted that while there are many things they can piece together the answers to, there are many questions whose answers are not yet known.
“I expect there’s a good chance that tomorrow will be different in its law and enforcement here in Ohio than it is right now, and that’s how it’s going. be,” he said. “The Dobbs case represents probably the biggest shift in the legal landscape that most of us have seen in our professional careers.
But he noted that’s why it’s important to have informational symposia, to understand what the public needs to know and what answers professionals need to seek to help navigate the new medical and legal landscape.
“While the Dobbs decision came out very quickly, what’s not going to be quick are the responses that will come out of it,” he said.
If you want to watch the full symposium, it will be posted on the group’s Facebook page and if you want information about the next symposium, go here.