Conferences University Faculty for Life

2015 Life and Learning Program

Here is a sneak preview of the 2015 Life and Learning UFL Conference program to be held at St. Thomas Law School in Minneapolis May 29-30. For more information and to register for the Conference, go to the UFL web page here.

Conference Program

25th Annual Conference


Life & Learning XXIV

May 29 – 30, 2015

Hosted by

University of St. Thomas School of Law

Minneapolis, MN

Friday, May 29th

12:00 – 2:00pm          Conference Registration

12:00 – 5:00pm          Refreshments

2:00 – 2:15pm              Conference Opening and Welcome

Teresa Collett, UFL President and Conference Host

2:30 – 4:00pm             Panel Session I

  • A
    • “Countering Some Popular Arguments for Euthanasia”, Catherine Deavel (University of St. Thomas)
    • “Addressing the Issues of Abortion and Euthanasia in the Fundamentals of Nursing: Utilizing the Theory of Moral Distress.”, Elizabeth Sutton MSN, RN (Queensborough Community College)”
    • “Compassion and Assisted Suicide”, Mary Rose Lemmons (University of St. Thomas)
  • B
    • “The Telos of the Child”, Deborah Savage, Ph.D.( St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity)
    • “Overcoming the Imaginative Barrier to Embryonic Personhood”, Richard Stith (Valparaiso University Law School)
    • “The Authentic Identity of Motherhood: Surrogacy and the Nature of Woman”, John Goerke (Student, University of St. Thomas)

4:15-5:15 pm     Plenary Address I – Melissa Moschella

5:30 –7:15 pm              Dinner – McGinley Center Ballroom

Saturday, May 30th

8:00 – 9:00 am          Mass

8:15 – 9:15 am             Continental Breakfast

9:30 – 11:00 am         Panel Session II

  • A
    • “Why the Right to Elective Abortion Fails Casey’s Own Interest-Balancing Methodology – and Why It Matters”, Steve Gilles (Quinnipiac University School of Law)
    • “A Draft Opinion Overruling Roe v. Wade”, Clarke Forsythe (Americans United for Life)
    • “PPACA (Obamacare) and Abortion”, Lynn Wardle (J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University)
  • B
    • “Suicide, Shakespeare and Sloth”, Bernadette Waterman Ward (University of Dallas)
    • “Evangelical and Catholic Vampire Hunters Together”, David Deavel (University of St. Thomas)
    • “Abortion Distortion: Correcting Literary Criticism’s Misreading of Early Twentieth- Century Abortion Fiction”, Jeff Koloze (Lorain County Community College) – delivered by David Mall

11:15 – 12:30pm        Lunch 

1:00 – 2:00 pm         Plenary Address II  –  Daniel Gannon

2:15 – 3:15 pm           Panel Session III

  • A
    • “Walker – McGill v. Stuart Before the U.S. Supreme Court: Ultrasounds as Ordinary Informed Consent”, Morse Tan (Northern Illinois University College of Law)
    • “Significant Restrictions on Abortions at 8 Weeks is Consistent with Legal Principles of Roe”, Michael Degnan (University of St. Thomas)
    • “Rape, Acute Stress, and Pregnancy: Was Jack Willke Right?”, Richard Fehring (Marquette University)
  • B
    • “Abortion and the Argument from Uncertainty”, Mathew Lu (University of St. Thomas)
    • “Historical Reenactments: A Key Pro-life Argument”, Charles Bellinger (Brite Divinity School)
    • “The Problem with Polling Millennials on Abortion”, Tina Whittington (Students for Life of America)

3:30 – 4:30 pm           Panel Session IV

  • A
    • “Economies of Co-Operation: An Alternative to Capitalism, Collectivism, and the Culture of Death”,  Eric Manchester (St. Charles Borromeo Seminary)
    • “Creating a Culture of Pro-Life Virtue: Persistent Acts of Mercy, Not Random Acts of Kindness”, Heidi Giebel (University of St. Thomas)
    • Barbara Freres
  • B
    • “Actions of the UN Secretary General regarding conflict –related rape”, Teresa Collett (University of St. Thomas School of Law)
    • “A Critique of Carter v. Canada”, Richard Myers (Ave Maria School of Law)

4:30 – 5:00 pm       Open Microphone –

5:30  pm                   Catholic Vigil Mass –

6:30 – 8:30pm       Closing Banquet –

                                    UFL Writing Contest Award Presentation                           

8:30 – 10:30pm    Hospitality Suite-






Robert Gotcher is a dogmatic and moral theologian and long-time member of UFL who received his Ph.D. from Marquette University. He and his wife, Kathy, are raising their seven children in Franklin, Wisconsin.