Temple Law School Dean delivers her speech at TUJ. Photo by William Galopin

Rachel Rebouché, the dean of Temple University Beasley School of Law and the James E. Beasley Professor of Law, visited the Japan campus of Temple University (TUJ) for a series of activities that ran for three days during the spring semester of 2023. Her visit included a public talk on women’s health equity, a visit to a corporation offering student internships and a visit to the Tokyo Bar Association.  

The highlight of Rebouché’s visit was her talk titled “Advocating for Women’s Health: Equity in the Post-Roe Era.” Conducted in a combination of in-person at TUJ and online, her talk attracted many participants, who included law school students of TUJ and faculty. They were eager to learn about the challenges that women face and seek her observation on past court cases related to the topic. During the discussion, she offered valuable insights into how people can work together to achieve equity in this area.

Rebouché was appointed to the position in July 2022 after serving as interim dean of the law school since August 2021. Prior to working as interim dean, Rebouché was Beasley’s associate dean for research. She is a reproductive law scholar and specializes in family and health law, having served as an associate director of adolescent health programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families and as a Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow at the National Women’s Law Center. This was her first visit to TUJ.

“Temple Law School has one of the largest international footprints of any U.S. law school, and the law program at Temple University, Japan Campus forms an important part of our global mission,” Rebouché said. “We look forward to strengthening our work in the region to provide more opportunities for Japanese legal professionals to study U.S. and international law in Tokyo as well as at our campuses in Philadelphia and Rome. We are also eager to provide JD students from Temple and other US law schools to study abroad in Japan.”

Apart from her talk during her tour in Tokyo, the dean also engaged in other activities, including a visit to the headquarters of Japan’s e-commerce and services conglomerate Rakuten Group Inc. in Setagaya City located in the same district of TUJ. She met with representatives of the firm and intern students from TUJ Law. The visit aimed to strengthen the partnership between the law school and the company, which could lead to providing opportunities for students in the future.

On the last day of her visit, Dean Rebouché accompanied Tina Saunders, TUJ’s director and associate professor of instruction in law, on a visit to the Tokyo Bar Association to meet with top officials from the largest professional organization of lawyers in Japan. They had a productive meeting discussing Temple Law’s role in providing global legal continuing education for lawyers in Japan and future collaborations connecting lawyers in Japan and the United States.

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