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Health Law Respondents

Genevieve Fermin, David Gay, and Yassamin Khazeni

Carbondale, IL


At 12 years old, Liam Johnson (Petitioner) discovered his deceased father was not actually his genetic relative. Turns out, Liam's parents received in vitro fertilization (IVF) from Dr. Smith (Respondent), who swapped his own reproductive material for that of Liam's "father." Liam alleges that Dr. Smith committed medical malpractice and negligent infliction of emotional distress. Because the IVF clinic employing Dr. Smith has since declared chapter eleven bankruptcy, Respondent removed the case to federal district court, which subsequently transferred venue to US Bankruptcy Court.

I. Did the Bankruptcy Court properly exercise "hypothetical jurisdiction" over the state law tort claims and determine it was not mandated to abstain from considering those claims?

II. May a child sue a fertility doctor for emotional harm arising out of an IVF procedure in which the doctor without permission substituted his own sperm for the sperm of the individual the child believed to be his father?


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Date and Time Location Judges
Thu. September 14th
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM 333-203 (closed) [5 more spots]
Fri. September 15th
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM 200-122 (closed) [5 more spots]
Sun. September 17th
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 200-122 Alexis Cherry Raymond Basurto Arianna Metheny Rana Salem Owen Nelson [no more spots]
Mon. September 18th
3:15 PM - 5:00 PM 200-630 (closed) [5 more spots]
Sat. September 23rd
4:15 PM - 5:45 PM TBD [5 more spots]
Sun. September 24th
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM 333-201 (joint practice) Mikaela Gareeb Owen Nelson alexis cherry [2 more spots]
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM 333-201 (closed) [5 more spots]
Mon. September 25th
3:15 PM - 5:00 PM 200-630 Elisa Santos Sofia Maristela Mia Nieto Stephen Cosenza Erin Conghuyen [no more spots]
Thu. September 28th
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM 333-201 (closed) [5 more spots]
Fri. September 29th
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM 333-101 (closed) Madeline Paoli (MIT) David Baltierra Trevor Turner [2 more spots]
Sun. October 1st
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM 200-122 Caitlyn Barresi Riley Kenin Marin Cummings (MIT) Amna Qamer [1 more spot]
Tue. October 3rd
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM 333-201 Zoe Bays Elisa Santos Kshitij Mehta (need to leave at 8:55) Ray Basurto Candice Denny [no more spots]
Fri. October 6th
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM 333-101 Richard Ahne Elisa Santos Mimi Fhima Allison Lee Arianna Metheny [no more spots]
Sun. October 8th
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM 333-202 (joint practice) Maddie Thomas Amna Qamer [3 more spots]
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM 333-202 (closed) [5 more spots]
Tue. October 10th
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM 333-203 Elisa Santos Kristie Lam (need to leave at 9:00) Bri Fluhrer (need to leave @ 9) Mark Gravador (need to leave at 9) Zoe Bays [no more spots]
Fri. October 13th
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM 333-202 Maija Slane (MIT) Marin Cummings (MIT) Manaal Shafi (MIT) Hanah Wyman [1 more spot]
Sat. October 14th
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM 200-640 Rana Salem Amna Qamer Riley Kenin (MIT) [2 more spots]
Mon. October 16th
3:15 PM - 5:00 PM 200-630 Mimi Fhima Mark Gravador Erin Conghuyen Hanna Kim [1 more spot]
Tue. October 17th
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM TBD (invite only) [5 more spots]
Wed. October 18th
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM 200-122 (invite only) [5 more spots]
Thu. October 19th
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM 200-640 (invite only) [5 more spots]
Sun. October 22nd
4:45 PM - 6:15 PM 333-101 (FUN-invite only) [5 more spots]
Mon. October 23rd
3:15 PM - 5:00 PM 333-309 cameron blakely Kathryn Bockman Hanna Kim Jennifer DAddabbo Ray Basurto [no more spots]
Thu. October 26th
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM 333-201 Zoe Bays Abby Ivancevich Edward Sabalburo Nicka Fallah [1 more spot]
Fri. October 27th
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM 333-101 Sophia Marchesotti (MIT) Marin Cummings (MIT) Toni Rende Manaal Shafi (MIT) Nick Geraci [no more spots]
Sun. October 29th
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM 200-640 (joint practice) Edward Sabalburo [4 more spots]
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM 333-101 (joint practice) Kshitij Mehta [4 more spots]
Mon. October 30th
3:15 PM - 5:00 PM 333-202 (send off) Erin Conghuyen Hanna Kim Jennifer DAddabbo Sophia Kim Richard Young Jae Shin [2 more spots]