Cardinal O'Connor Conference on Life

The largest collegiate pro-life conference in the nation

Saturday, January 20, 2018


One of the highlights of the Conference each year, the Panel Discussion features leading intellectuals, activists, and/or clergy who convene to discuss the year's theme.

Panelists for the 2018 Conference will be posted here once they are confirmed to speak. 


Kelsey Hazzard is the founder and president of Secular Pro-Life, which brings together people of every faith and no faith in defense of the human right to life. She was raised in the (pro-choice) United Methodist church, and is now an atheist. Kelsey is a proud graduate of the University of Miami (B.A. 2009) and the University of Virginia School of Law (J.D. 2012). She has appeared in media outlets from Slate to The Weekly Standard, her writings are regularly reprinted on and Live Action News, and you might recognize her from the pro-life documentary film 40. In the rare moments that she's not practicing law or advocating against abortion, she enjoys nature hikes and karaoke. 

Richard m. doerflinger

Formerly the Associate Director of Pro-Life Activities at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Richard M. Doerflinger recently retired from the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, where for 36 years he researched and drafted policy statements and delivered congressional testimony on abortion, euthanasia, conscience rights in health care, embryo research, and other medical-moral issues for the bishops’ conference.  He also helped develop broader documents on health care reform and faithful citizenship. His writings include contributions to The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Hastings Center Report, Duquesne Law Review, the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, the Encyclopedia of Catholic Doctrine (Our Sunday Visitor Press 1997), the National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, and the American Journal of Bioethics.  His syndicated column, “A More Human Society,” is distributed to Catholic periodicals twice a month by the national Catholic News Service.  He is a Public Policy Fellow at the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture, an Associate Scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute in Washington D.C., and Adjunct Fellow in Bioethics and Public Policy at the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia. In April 2011 he became the first recipient of the Evangelium Vitae Medal, awarded annually by the University of Notre Dame’s Fund to Protect Human Life “to honor individuals whose outstanding efforts have served to proclaim the Gospel of Life by steadfastly affirming and defending the sanctity of human life from its earliest stages.” He holds a B.A. degree and an M.A. in Divinity from the University of Chicago, and conducted doctoral studies in Theology at that institution and the Catholic University of America.