Education

University of Chicago, B.A., 1997

University of Chicago School of Law, J.D., 2001

Special Training

Trained in Mediation for Family Law

Bar Admissions

Licensed to practice law in Oregon (2013), New York (2002), and Connecticut (2003).

Consultation

Available for consultation in states and nations where I’m not licensed.  

Have consulted on cases in CA, AL, MO, RI, LA, MA, VA, NY, The Netherlands, Argentina, and Greece.

Hermine Hayes-Klein

I have been passionate about justice, civil rights, and sexual and reproductive rights since the beginning of my studies at the University of Chicago.  One of my law school professors, Barry Alberts, inspired me to see how lawyers can use advocacy to take legal burdens off of clients’ shoulders, and to speak on their behalf in the language of the law.  These concepts still motivate me as an attorney.

After law school, I worked at law firms in New York and Connecticut, before starting my own practice in 2003.  My law practice focused on LGBTQ rights, family law, and art law, until I moved to The Netherlands in 2007.  From 2008 – 2012, I taught International Law at The Hague University in The Hague, where I was also the Director of the Research Center for Reproductive Rights at the Bynkershoek Institute.  

After giving birth to my two sons in the woman-centered Dutch maternity care system, I began to focus of my research on how women are treated during childbirth in maternal health systems around the world.  I learned that women’s fundamental human rights are routinely violated in maternity care systems around the world. The disrespect and abuse of women during childbirth is an issue was just beginning to attract the attention of the feminist movement, and I was inspired to support the activism and legal advocacy necessary to make women’s rights a reality during childbirth.  In 2012, I led the organization of the first global Human Rights in Childbirth conference at The Hague University, before moving back with my family to the USA.

I became licensed to practice law in Oregon in 2013, and have represented clients in family law, midwifery, and birth rights cases since then.  From 2013-2016, I organized 5 more international conferences of maternity care stakeholders to discuss different aspects of Human Rights in Childbirth, through which I was able to learn from amazing people working on many different aspects maternal healthcare all over the world.  Since 2017, I have focused on legal advocacy in the State of Oregon, while continuing to consult on cases and for organizations in states and nations around the world. 

When I am not working, I am enjoying life in the beautiful State of Oregon with my family and our dog, Bella.  I love to cook, spend time with my fast-growing boys, and I’m learning to garden.