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

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 Medicine (NAM), 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. In 2007-2010, Wolf served as a member of the Law and Neuroscience Project funded by the MacArthur Foundation. She has recently served as a senior consultant to The Hastings Center on its project on guidelines for end-of-life care, funded by the Donaghue Foundation and Sussman Trust and published by Oxford University Press in 2013. In 2012, she received a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Investigator Award in Health Policy Research to fund research in 2012-14.

Professor Wolf teaches in the areas of health law, law and science, and bioethics. She is the faculty chair of the Law School’s Concentration in Health Law & Bioethics. Prof. Wolf was co-holder of the 1999-2000 Julius E. Davis Chair in Law, a 1998-99 Opperman Research Scholar, a 1996 recipient of the John K. & Elsie Lampert Fesler Research Grant, and a 1996 recipient of a University of Minnesota Medical School Merit Award. 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 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 was a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellow at The Hastings Center in New York, a senior bioethics research institute. She then became the Center’s Associate for Law. She 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.

Professor Wolf has served on a variety of governmental and institutional panels, including for the National Academies, as well as the American Bar Association (ABA) Coordinating Group on Bioethics and the Law, 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) and served through 2016. She currently sits on the National Academies’ Committee on Science, Engineering, Medicine, and Public Policy (COSEMPUP). 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). Professor Wolf has served on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics; American Journal of Bioethics (AJOB); Journal of Urban Health; and Journal of Women’s Health and Law; and as Faculty Advisor to the Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology. She has lectured widely, in the United States and abroad.

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

For more information on Professor Wolf, please consult her PDF iconcurriculum vitae, or visit her faculty bio on the Law School or Department of Medicine websites.