Meet the Moderators

T. Alexander Aleinikoff
(Welcome & Introduction)

T. Alexander Aleinikoff is Dean of the Georgetown Law Center and Georgetown Executive Vice-President, Law Center Affairs. Professor Aleinikoff joined the Georgetown Law faculty after having served as the Executive Associate Commissioner for Programs in the U.S. Department of Justice's Immigration and Naturalization Service and as General Counsel in the Immigration and Naturalization Service. He has been on the faculty at the University of Michigan Law School. After receiving his law degree, he served as law clerk to the Honorable Edward Weinfeld, U.S. District Judge. He has published numerous articles in the areas of immigration refugee and citizenship law and policy, constitutional law, statutory interpretation and race discrimination.

Robin West, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC
(moderator, Beyond Roe: the Costs of Constitutionalizing the Right to Abortion)

Robin West is the Associate Dean of Research and Academic Programs, and the Frederick J. Haas Professor of Law and Philosophy, at the Georgetown University Law Center. She came to the Law Center from the University of Maryland Law School, where she taught from 1986-1991. She has been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago and Stanford Law Schools. She also taught at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University, from 1982-1985. Professor West has written extensively on gender issues and feminist legal theory, constitutional law and theory, jurisprudence, legal philosophy, and law and literature.

Susan Stabile, University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minneapolis, MN
(moderator, Finding Common Ground in the Abortion Debate)

Susan Stabile is the Robert and Marion Short Distinguished Chair in Law, and a Professor, at St. Thomas University School of Law. She is among the nation’s leading scholars on pensions and employee benefits, and on the intersection of Catholic social thought and the law. Professor Stabile is a Fellow of the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership, an Affiliate Senior Fellow of the St. John’s University Vincentian Center for Church and Society, and a Research Fellow of the New York University School of Law Center for Labor and Employment Law. Also, she is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Catholic Social Thought and of the Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal. She received her bachelor’s from Georgetown University and her law degree from New York University School of Law, where she was editor-in-chief of the NYU Law Review. Prior to joining the St. Thomas faculty, she was the Dean George W. Matheson Professor of Law at St. John’s University School of Law.

Nina Pillard, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC
(moderator, Abortion and the Rights of Women and Children Across the Globe)

Nina Pillard joined the Georgetown Law faculty in 1997 after a decade as an accomplished litigator. She teaches civil procedure, constitutional Law, American and transnational legal theory, and various labor and employment courses. Her current research interests include the constitutional and statutory law of equality with a focus on employment, and law in transnational context. Following a clerkship with the Honorable Louis H. Pollak, Professor Pillard held the Marvin M. Karpatkin fellowship at the ACLU (1988-89), litigated individual and class-action racial discrimination cases and appeals at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc (1989-1994), and, as Assistant to the Solicitor General (1994-1997), represented the United States in the Supreme Court on a wide range of civil and criminal cases, including the successful challenge to the Virginia Military Institute’s exclusion of women. Shortly after joining the faculty, Professor Pillard took a leave in 1998-2000 to work in the Department of Justice under President Clinton as Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel. Her Supreme Court work, both before and during her time at Georgetown, includes more than twenty-five cases that she has briefed and eight that she has argued before the Court, including the pathmarking Nevada v. Hibbs, sustaining the Family and Medical Leave Act against constitutional challenge, and Green Tree v. Bazzle, opening the way for plaintiffs to proceed as a class in mandatory arbitration. In 2008-2009, she worked in London for Georgetown Law as founding Academic Co-Director and Professor at the Center for Transnational Legal Studies (CTLS), a collaboration of eleven top law schools from different countries, each sending faculty and students to CTLS for a uniquely focused, interactive term of international, comparative and transnational law courses.

Elizabeth Schiltz, University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minneapolis, MN
(moderator, Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Abortion, Reproduction and Human Rights)

Elizabeth Schiltz is an Associate Professor at St. Thomas University School of Law. She was a member of the faculty of Notre Dame Law School from 1996 through 2000. She teaches classes in contracts, commercial law, and banking regulation. Her research interests include the relationship of federal and state law in regulating consumer credit, disability and consumer law theory, and feminist legal theory. Professor Schiltz received the 2007 Dean's Award for Outstanding Scholarship and was elected Professor of the Year by the graduating class of 2007. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Saint Paul Seminary, and Co-Director of the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy. She also serves on the Responsible Credit Partnership, an inter-industry initiative to promote responsible credit card lending and borrowing. She is a member of the Siena Symposium, an inter-disciplinary group of University of St. Thomas professors exploring feminism from a Catholic perspective. She was a founding member of, and continues to serve on, the Executive Committee of the Conference of Catholic Legal Thought. She is also a contributor to the Catholic legal theory blog Mirror of Justice. She is a 1998 graduate of the Partners in Policymaking Academy, a nationwide, state-based training program in disability advocacy.