Online CLE – Abortion, the Natural Law and the Supreme Court: The Genealogy of Change in a Post-Roe World


  • Ohio CLE: 4.0
  • WV CLE: 4.8 Attendance
  • PACLE: 4 Substantive


  • Ohio CLE: 4.0
  • WV CLE: 4.8 Attendance
  • PACLE: 4 Substantive


The legality, jurisprudence, and case law history on the question of abortion has long suffered from a lack of consensus.  If Roe accomplished anything, it set up a formula for a divided republic.  With the announcement of Dobbs, the Supreme Court has set the abortion question on a different trajectory and mainly because of the dissension and division amongst the citizenries.  Roe v. Wade has long been challenged, by both supporters and detractors for its dubious legal reasoning.  This course examines the history and legal genealogy of the Roe v. Wade decision leading up and including Dobbs.  Throughout the course the original text and general understanding of its legal principles will be assessed and evaluated.  Roe’s progeny of case law, including Casey, Webster, Stenberg and Gonzalez, to name a few, will be critiqued. The course concludes on how the Dobbs decision should be construed and what the abortion legal landscape will likely be in a post Dobbs world.

A summary of the course coverage includes:

  • Roe v. Wade
  • Doe v. Bolton
  • Thornburgh v. Am. College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • Webster v. Reproductive Health Systems
  • Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey
  • Stenberg v. Carhart
  • Gonzales v. Carhart
  • Dobbs v. Jackson


Dr. Charles P. Nemeth

Dr. Charles P. Nemeth has spent much of his professional life in the study and practice of law and justice.  He is a recognized expert on professional ethics and the justice system, private-sector justice and private security systems. Before his appointment at Franciscan, he was Chair and Professor of Security, Fire and Emergency Management and Director of the Center of Private Security and Safety at John Jay College in New York City.  He is a prolific writer, having published numerous texts and articles on law and justice throughout his impressive career. His text, Private Security and the Law 4th- (Elsevier, 2012) is considered the foremost treatise on the subject matter. A 5th edition has been published by Taylor/Francis, 2018.  His private security and criminal justice expertise is further buttressed by: Private Security and Investigative Process 4th edition (CRC Press, 2019); Private Security:  Principles and Practice, 2nd (CRC Press, 2022); Criminal Law 3rdd (CRC Press, 2022) and Law and Evidence 3rd (Taylor Francis, 2022). In the area of Homeland Security, he has published Introduction to Homeland Security: Practices and Principles 4th edition (CRC Press, 2010, 2014, 2017, 2021).

He has also authored a series of philosophical works on Thomas Aquinas including Aquinas on Crime (St. Augustine’s Press, 2010); Aquinas in the Courtroom (Praeger/Greenwood Press, 2001); Aquinas and King: A Discourse on Civil Disobedience (Carolina Academic Press, 2011) and Cicero and Aquinas: A Comparative Study of Nature and the Natural Law (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018). Most recently he has completed two manuscripts:  Natural Law and the U.S Supreme Court since Roe v. Wade (Anthem Press, 2020) and Happiness in a Complex World: Rules from Aristotle and Aquinas (Anthem Press, 2020 and Sophia Institute Press, 2022). He has also served as Chief Editor to a peer reviewed journal- The Homeland Security Review since 2005 and currently serves as Chief Editor for the Law, Ethics and Jurisprudence series to be published by Anthem Press. Presently he is the Chief Editor for a peer-reviewed Natural Law and Justice journal and is the founder and Director of Franciscan University’s Center for Criminal Justice, Law and Ethics.  He has been an educator for more than 40 years. He holds memberships in the New York, North Carolina and Pennsylvania Bars. Dr. Nemeth was previously a Chair at the State University of New York at Brockport and California University of PA- one of Pennsylvania’s 14 State Universities.  He is a much-sought-after legal consultant for security companies and a recognized scholar on issues involving law, professional ethics and morality and the impact of privatization on public justice models.

Dr. Nemeth resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with his spouse, Jean Marie, together for 50 years and blessed with seven children all of whom are accomplished personally and professionally.


*All courses are approved for continuing legal education by state authorizing bodies and are not courses for academic credit.