Susan M. Wolf, JD

Susan M. Wolf, JD, Founding Chair of the Consortium
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Chair, Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences
McKnight Presidential Professor of Law, Medicine & Public Policy
Faegre Baker Daniels Professor of Law
Professor of Medicine

JD, Yale Law School
AB, summa cum laude, Princeton University

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professor Susan M. Wolf is the McKnight Presidential Professor of Law, Medicine & Public Policy; Faegre Baker Daniels Professor of Law; and Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota. She is Chair of the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences and Founding Director of the Joint Degree Program in Law, Science & Technology.

Prof. Wolf is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine (IOM), an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an elected member of the American Law Institute (ALI), and an elected fellow of The Hastings Center, as well as a past-member of the Fellows' Council. She has received numerous grants to support her research, including from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), and The Greenwall Foundation. From 2007-2010, Professor Wolf served as a member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience. She served as a senior consultant to The Hastings Center to produce revised guidelines for end-of-life care, published by Oxford University Press in 2013 as part of a project funded by the Donaghue Foundation and Sussman Trust. In 2012, she received a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Investigator Award in Health Policy Research to fund research in 2012-14.

Prof. Wolf teaches in the areas of health law, law and science, and bioethics. She is the faculty chair of the Law School's Health Law & Bioethics Concentration. She was appointed to the Faegre Baker Daniels Professorship in Law in 2000 and the McKnight Presidential Professorship in Law, Medicine & Public Policy in 2006. Professor Wolf was a 1998-99 Opperman Research Scholar and a 1996 recipient of a University of Minnesota Medical School Merit Award, as well as co-holder of the 1999-2000 Julius E. Davis Chair in Law.

Prof. Wolf received an AB degree summa cum laude from Princeton University and a JD degree from Yale Law School, with graduate work at Harvard University. She clerked for Judge Leonard B. Sand of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and then practiced with the New York law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison from 1981 to 1984. In 1984-85, Professor Wolf became a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellow at The Hastings Center, a not-for-profit research institute now in Garrison, NY, specializing in biomedical ethics. She then became the Center's Associate for Law. Professor Wolf also taught law and medicine at New York University School of Law as an adjunct associate professor from 1987 to 1992. In 1992-93, she was a Fellow at Harvard University in the Program in Ethics and the Professions.

Prof. Wolf has served on a variety of governmental and institutional panels, including for the Institute of Medicine (IOM), as well as the American Bar Association (ABA) Coordinating Group on Bioethics and the Law, the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Ethics Committee, New York City AIDS Review Panel, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Ethics Committee. In 2011, she was appointed by the Secretary of Health & Human Services to the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB).

Prof. Wolf has served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, the American Journal of Bioethics (AJOB), Neuroethics, and the Journal of Urban Health, and she is Faculty Advisor to the Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology. She is a past chair of the AALS Section on Law, Medicine and Health Care and a past board member (elected) of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH).

Prof. Wolf is the author or coauthor of numerous articles and book chapters that have appeared in the New England Journal of MedicineJAMAScienceAmerican Journal of Public HealthThe Hastings Center ReportKennedy Institute of Ethics JournalAmerican Journal of Law & MedicineJournal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, various law reviews, and other publications. She directed The Hastings Center project that produced the book Guidelines on the Termination of Life-Sustaining Treatment and the Care of the Dying (Indiana University Press, 1987) and is a co-author of the revised and expanded second edition published by Oxford University Press in 2013. She is editor of Feminism & Bioethics: Beyond Reproduction (Oxford University Press, 1996). She writes  frequently on death and dying, assisted suicide and euthanasia, genetics and genomics, assisted reproduction, women's health care, managed care, and other topics in health law, law and science, and bioethics.

Many of Professor Wolf's publications may be found on her SSRN page.

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