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Judge A. Raymond Randolph Jr., L’69 presented a fascinating “what if” at this year’s Segal Lecture, discussing an unpublished opinion rendered in the first abortion-rights case to reach a federal court.

The opinion was written by his mentor, the Honorable Henry Friendly, three years before Roe v. Wade. Judge Randolph was Judge Friendly’s clerk on the case, which involved a challenge to laws banning abortion in New York.

According to Judge Randolph, plaintiffs argued that the constitutionally protected “zone of privacy” established by Griswold v. Connecticut was broad enough to encompass a right to abortion.

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