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Professor Lewis Grossman has taught at American University Washington College of Law since 1997, serving as associate dean for scholarship from 2008 to 2011. He teaches and writes in the areas of American legal history, food and drug law, health law and civil procedure. He also has been a visiting professor at Cornell Law School and a law and public affairs fellow at Princeton University. Prior to joining American, he was an associate at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, DC. Before that, he clerked for Chief Judge Abner Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.  


Professor Grossman’s scholarship has appeared in the Cornell Law Review, Law & History Review, Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law & Ethics, and Administrative Law Review, among others. He has made recent contributions to volumes published by the Oxford University and Columbia University presses. He is the co-author of FOOD AND DRUG LAW: CASES AND MATERIALS (with Peter Barton Hutt and Richard A. Merrill) and of a widely used supplement to the first-year civil procedure course titled A DOCUMENTARY COMPANION TO A CIVIL ACTION (with Robert G. Vaughn). Professor Grossman is currently working on a book, CHOOSE YOUR MEDICINE: FREEDOM OF THERAPUTIC CHOICE IN AMERICA, which will be published by Oxford University Press.  
Professor Grossman served as a member or legal consultant on three committees of the Health & Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine). He earned his PhD in History from Yale University, where he was awarded the George Washington Egleston Prize for Best Dissertation in the Field of American History.  He received his JD magna cum laude from Harvard and BA summa cum laude from Yale University. 
Allison M. Whelan is an assistant professor of law at Georgia State University.  Her research and teaching encompass a broad set of medical, science and social policy issues at the intersection of administrative law, health and Food & Drug Administration law, constitutional law, bioethics and reproductive justice. Through her work, she aims to identify the public, private and ethical factors that converge and influence the topics she writes about. In an era of political polarization and distrust, Professor Whelan probes whether ethical norms and expectations related to public and individual health are best policed and enforced at the public or private level. Her work also explores whether and how the administrative state can be used to promote justice and eliminate disparities among historically marginalized and vulnerable populations. 
Prior to joining Georgia State, Professor Whelan was a Sharswood fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and an associate fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. She also was an associate at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, DC, in the firm’s Food, Drug & Device Practice Group. Professor Whelan clerked for the Honorable Guido Calabresi of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Honorable William J. Kayatta, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. She also served as the inaugural senior fellow for the Center for Biotechnology & Global Health Policy at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. 
Professor Whelan is the author of numerous law review articles. Her work is published or forthcoming in the Vanderbilt Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Harvard Journal of Law & Gender, Cornell Law Review Online, Washington & Lee Law Review, Fordham Law Review, Illinois Law Review, and the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, among others. She is the co-author and co-editor of numerous book chapters and books, and she has published op-eds and commentary, including for the Harvard Bill of Health, Harvard Social Impact Review, Philadelphia Inquirer and Ms. Magazine. 
Professor Whelan graduated summa cum laude and order of the coif from the University of Minnesota Law School, where she served as lead note and comment editor for the Minnesota Law Review. She also holds an MA in Bioethics from the University of Minnesota. 
Patricia J. Zettler is a nationally recognized expert on food and drug law and policy. She serves as an associate professor at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, as a faculty member of the Drug Enforcement & Policy Center housed at the law school, and as a member of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. Professor Zettler’s teaching areas include torts, legislation and regulation, health law, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), and drug policy. 
Professor Zettler’s scholarship has appeared in leading legal, interdisciplinary and medical journals, such as the Indiana Law Journal, Boston College Law Review, NYU Law Review Online, Food & Drug Law Journal, New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA,and Science, and she has covered various topics including non-trial preapproval access, citizen science, stem cell interventions, opioids, cannabis products, and tobacco and nicotine products. She also is a co-author of the forthcoming 5th edition of FOOD AND DRUG LAW: CASES AND MATERIALS (with Peter Barton Hutt, Richard A. Merrill, Lewis A. Grossman, Nathan Cortez and Erika Lietzan). 
Before joining The Ohio State faculty, Professor Zettler was a faculty member of the Center for Law, Health & Society at Georgia State University College of Law. At Georgia State, she was selected as the 2018 winner of the Patricia T. Morgan Award for Outstanding Scholarship. Prior to Georgia State, she was a fellow at the Center for Law & the Biosciences at Stanford Law School. 
In addition to Professor Zettler’s academic work, she served as an associate chief counsel in the FDA’s Office of the Chief Counsel, where she advised the FDA and the Department of Health & Human Services on a wide range of issues. Professor Zettler also has bioethics experience through work at the Program in Medical Ethics at the University of California San Francisco and at the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health. 
Professor Zettler graduated with distinction from Stanford Law School, and she received a BA in psychology with distinction and departmental honors from Stanford University. 
DePaul Professor of Law Joshua D. Sarnoff is an internationally recognized expert on the intersections of intellectual property law, environmental law, health law, and constitutional, administrative and international law. He has taught courses at American and international law schools and legal research centers.  
Professor Sarnoff has substantial practice experience in the public and private sectors and as an academic providing litigation, counseling and advocacy services addressing international and domestic environmental, intellectual property, and food and drug laws. He has consulted for or advocated on behalf of legislative coalitions, intergovernmental organizations, foundations, corporations, non-profit organizations and various groups of academics. He has filed numerous amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, including for the American Medical Association and for law professors.  
Professor Sarnoff clerked for the Honorable Irving L. Goldberg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He graduated from Stanford Law School where he was the administrative editor of the Stanford Law Review and from MIT where he was Phi Beta Kappa. 

Panel 2: Fidelity in the Fertility Forum: Legal and Ethical Challenges in Fertility Medicine​

Barbara Collura has served as the president and CEO of RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association since 2007.  She is a nationally recognized expert on infertility and the family building journey, with a special emphasis on advocacy, public policy and access to care.  Collura has worked with the World Health Organization on infertility definitions and clinical guidelines and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists on their clinical definitions for infertility, and she served a four-year term on the advisory council of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health.   
Along with being a frequent speaker at medical conferences, Collura has been a guest on the TODAY Show, MSNBC, Fox & Friends and Nightline.  She is routinely quoted in major media outlets on a variety of topics related to infertility.  In 2014, Collura received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.  She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Montana and her MA in International Affairs from American University. 

Professor June Carbone joined the University of Minnesota Law School faculty as the inaugural holder of the Robina Chair in Law, Science and Technology from her position as the Edward A. Smith/Missouri Chair of Law, the Constitution and Society at the University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC). She is an expert in family law; assisted reproduction; property; and law, medicine and bioethics, and she also has taught contracts, remedies, financial institutions, civil procedure and feminist jurisprudence.

Professor Carbone writes prolifically on law and the family, marriage, divorce and domestic obligations, including changes brought about by the biotechnology revolution. Her most recent books are RED FAMILIES VS. BLUE FAMILIES: LEGAL PPOLARIZATION AND THE CREATION OF CULTURE (Oxford U. Press, 2010), which explores the effects of diverging values and norms in America, and MARRIAGE MARKETS: HOW INEQUITY IS REMAKING THE AMERICAN FAMILY (Oxford U. Press, 2014), which examines the widening class divide in the American family. Both are co-authored with Naomi Cahn. 

Professor Carbone received her JD from the Yale and her AB magna cum laude from the Woodrow Wilson School for Public & International Affairs at Princeton University. 

Professor Feinberg is a teaching associate professor in the Department of Health Sciences and a lecturer in law at DePaul University. She teaches health care policy, health care law and bioethics.  Her field is health care policy in women's health with a focus on reproduction. 
During her time at DePaul, Professor Feinberg has served as a Wicklander Fellow, funded by the DePaul University Driehaus College of Business's Institute for Business & Professional Ethics.  She also served as a fellow in bioethics and a writing fellow, both for the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School.  In 2018, she completed the Clinical Ethics Immersion Program at the Cleveland Clinic, and in 2019, she served as a visiting scholar in the Yale University Hastings Center program.  
Professor Feinberg graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School where she was the James Wilson Merit Scholar, a member of the Inn of Court Honor Society and won the Henry Meacham Public Service Award. In addition, Professor Feinberg earned a Master of Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and a Master of Biotechnology, specializing in Regulatory Affairs, from Johns Hopkins University. She earned her BA summa cum laude from Yeshiva University where she was a member of the Alpha Epsilon Delta Honor Society.  
Lisa A. Rinehart is a nurse-attorney who has been involved in many aspects of reproductive medicine, including as a fertility clinic nurse (doing hands-on care), a corporate attorney (managing practice startups, mergers and acquisitions, and physician agreements) and as a reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI) practice manager (handling the soup-to-nuts of daily operations). 
Blending her nursing and legal skills, she started a consulting firm to help REI practices with risk management issues, particular informed consent and incident management concerns, while still managing an REI practice. Since change is a constant and risk management a growing need, Rinehart recent altered course to join US Fertility (the largest fertility care network in the U.S.) as the national director of clinical risk management.  
Rinehart received her BS in Nursing from Saint Xavier University and her JD with honors and a certificate in health law from DePaul University. She is honored to continue as a very active member of American Society for Reproductive Medicine (over 20 years) where she is a frequent speaker on all aspects of reproductive law, risk management, practice operations and employment law. 
Katherine Kettering is an associate at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP.  She combines her background in client service and project management with her passion for health care to assist in various firm practice groups, including medical malpractice, pharmaceuticals and general trial practice. Prior to attending law school, Kettering worked on the client management side of a multinational marketing agency, primarily managing global CPG clients. 
While in law school, Kettering interned with the office of general counsel for a top-tier Chicago hospital and a national health care non-profit organization. She also served as a staff writer for the DePaul Journal of Health Care Law and was the director of marketing for DePaul’s Jaharis Health Law Institute.  

Featured Speaker: Radhika Rao, Professor of Law and Harry & Lillian Hastings Research Chair, UC College of the Law, San Francisco​​ 

Professor Radhika Rao earned her JD magna cum laude from Harvard and was Supreme Court editor of the Harvard Law Review. She clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justices Harry Blackmun and Thurgood Marshall; was a visiting professor at Brooklyn Law School and the University of Michigan Law School; and was a Fulbright distinguished professor at the University of Trento in Italy. 

Professor Rao is the author of numerous articles, some of which have been translated into Italian and Chinese, as well as a frequent commentator on the media. Her publications include Property, Privacy, and the Human Body; Equal Liberty: Assisted Reproductive Technology and Reproductive Equality; Informed Consent, Body Property, and Self-Sovereignty; and Selective Reduction: “A Soft Cover for Hard Choices” or Another Name for Abortion. She also wrote the entry on abortion for the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law.  Rao previously served as a member of the California Advisory Committee on Human Cloning, and she currently serves on the California Human Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee. 


​​Panel 3: Keeping the Personal Private: Data Privacy in Reproductive Health Care Technology  

Leah R. Fowler is a research assistant professor and research director in the Health Law & Policy Institute at the University of Houston. Her work explores topics at the intersection of consumer technology and health, focusing primarily on smartphone applications and platforms, and her scholarship is published or forthcoming in the Stanford Law Review, Alabama Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, American Journal of Law & Medicine, Pediatrics, Journal of Adolescent Health,Health Promotion Practice and the American Journal of Bioethics, among others. 
Prior to Houston, Professor Fowler was the health policy program manager at Baylor College of Medicine’s Center for Medical Ethics & Health Policy, where she maintains a designation as a health policy scholar. Immediately after law school, she practiced law as a personal injury attorney. 
Valerie Montague is a health law and data privacy attorney who represents a variety of health care providers, digital health companies and vendors of health care providers.  She advises on compliance with the requirements of HIPAA and other federal and state health information privacy requirements, including breach analysis and notification and counsel during government investigations.  She counsels organizations on compliant secondary uses of regulated health data.  She also advises foreign and domestic organizations entering the health space on the U.S. data privacy requirements applicable to their business and how to structure operations in a compliant manner. 
Professor Kayte Spector-Bagdady is the interim co-director of the Center for Bioethics & Social Sciences in Medicine and an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Michigan Medical School. At Michigan, she also is the chair of the Research Ethics Committee, the ethicist on the Michigan Medicine Human Data and Biospecimen Release Committee, and a clinical ethicist. She teaches the Responsible Conduct of Research, as well as Research Ethics & the Law, and she is an associate editor of the American Journal of Bioethics. 
A lawyer and bioethicist by training, the overarching goal of Professor Spector’s work is improving the governance of secondary research with health data and specimens to increase the accessibility of data and generalizability of advances across diverse communities. To that end, she is the principal investigator (PI) of a current National Human Genome Research Institute K01, studying how and why geneticists select datasets for their research, and a National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences R01 onhospitals sharing patient data with commercial entities. She has been PI or co-investigator on over $60M in funding. 
Her recent articles have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Science, JAMA, Health Affairs, and Nature Medicine, among others, and her research or expertise has appeared in the  NY Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, TIME, and CNN.
Professor Spector was an associate director for President Obama’s Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. During that time, she was a staff lead author on reports spanning the unethical STD experiments in Guatemala in the 1940s, emerging genetic and data technologies, and clinical trial design during the 2013 Ebola outbreak. She is a former board member of the American Society for Bioethics & Humanities. She received her JD and MBioethics from the University of Pennsylvania after graduating from Middlebury College. She completed a research fellowship in bioethics at Michigan Medicine and is a former practicing drug and device attorney. 

Michael Ulrich is assistant professor of health law, ethics and human rights at Boston University’s School of Public Health and School of Law. His scholarship focuses on the intersection of public health, constitutional law, bioethics and social justice, with an emphasis on the role of law in the health outcomes of marginalized and underserved populations. Professor Ulrich co-authored the 3rd edition of PUBLIC HEALTH LAW (with Mariner, Annas, & Huberfeld), the leading casebook in the field. Prior to joining the Boston University faculty, Professor Ulrich was research scholar, senior fellow in health law and lecturer in law at Yale Law School, where he helped launch and run the Solomon Center for Health Law & Policy. 

Rick Weinmeyer is a 2022 Jaharis Health Law Institute faculty fellow at DePaul University. He also is a fifth-year PhD candidate in social sciences and public health at Northwestern University. He researches important questions of public health law, health policy and bioethics, and he applies mixed methods to empirical questions in health law.  
Prior to pursuing his PhD, Professor Weinmeyer spent four years serving as a senior research associate for the Council on Ethical & Judicial Affairs at the American Medical Association (AMA) where he researched and wrote on subjects at the intersection of health policy, public health law and medical ethics, including expanded access to unapproved drugs, religious and philosophical vaccination exemptions, and hospital mergers and their impact on patient care. He earned his BA in Political Science from the University of Washington, his MPhil in Sociology from Cambridge University, and his JD and MA in Health Law and Bioethics from the University of Minnesota. 

​​Panel 4: Research in the Reproductive Rights Unknown: The Future of Reproductive Research and Development 

Nanette Elster is an associate professor at the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics & Health Policy at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. She is an active educator in the graduate program, teaching a variety of courses in areas related to law, pediatrics, oral health, genetics and professionalism.  She also supervises the graduate program’s writing courses, master's capstone course and doctoral capstone courses. 
Professor Elster has extensive experience in legal, public health and ethical issues related to women’s and children’s health. She has spoken nationally and internationally and is the author of numerous articles on the legal, health policy and ethical implications of a range of public health issues. She has appeared on such media staples as CNN, Good Morning America, the Today Show, NPR and Chicago Tonight. 
She served as chair of the Special Committee on Bioethics & the Law for the American Bar Association; as the legal consultant to the Committee on Bioethics for the American Academy of Pediatrics; and is the manager of ethics outreach for the Council on Ethics, Bylaws & Judicial Affairs for the American Dental Association. She also serves on the board of the Alliance for Fertility Preservation. In 2016, she was elected to serve on the executive board of the Association for Practical & Professional Ethics. In 2020, she was elected to a two-year term as board member of the Academy for Professionalism in Health Care; she was re-elected in 2022 for another two-year term. She currently is a member of the ethics committee of NorthShore University Health System. 
In 2017, Professor Elster received an honorary fellowship to the American College of Dentists (ACD). This is bestowed on individuals who do not hold a dental degree but have significantly advanced the profession of oral health and have shown exceptional leadership in areas such as education, research, public health, administration, public service or related fields of health care. This is the highest honor the ACD awards to non-dentists. 
Michelle McGowan is a senior associate consultant II in the Biomedical Ethics Research Program and the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences at the Mayo Clinic and a visiting scholar in the Department of Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies at University of Cincinnati.  
McGowan completed her PhD in Women Studies at the University of Washington and a postdoctoral fellowship in Bioethics at the Center for Genetic Research, Ethics & Law at Case Western Reserve University. Her empirical bioethics research focuses on the ethical and social implications of reproductive and genomic technologies and policies, and she currently leads a study on the impact of abortion clinic closures and changes in service delivery on clinicians and abortion seekers.  
Seema K. Shah, an associate professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University Medical School and the director of research ethics at Lurie Children’s Hospital, is an expert in the fields of pediatrics and global health research ethics, as well as ethical issues in the determination of death. After attending Stanford University, Professor Shah completed a fellowship in bioethics at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center. She then received legal training at Stanford and in a federal district court clerkship. Professor Shah was previously on faculty at the University of Washington/Seattle Children’s Hospital and at the NIH Clinical Center Department of Bioethics. Professor Shah has chaired an NIH committee on ethical considerations in conducting Zika virus human challenge trials, consulted with the World Health Organization on ethical guidance for human challenge trials, and lectured on the ethics of clinical research at conferences run by PRIM&R, ASBH, IAB, ASTMH and internationally in such locations as Botswana, the Netherlands, Vietnam, Japan, Indonesia, Brazil and Zimbabwe. 
Julie L. Campbell is a 2022 Jaharis Health Law Institute faculty fellow at DePaul University. She also is a health law attorney, certified health care compliance specialist, medical ethicist and medical-legal scholar. In her teaching and research, she views the health care system through an interdisciplinary lens, identifying problems that impact patient care and health outcomes. Her work on mandatory medical simulations recently appeared in Health Matrix: The Journal of Law-Medicine, and her article, “The Ethical Use of Observations Units: Empowering Physician Autonomy for Patient Placement Decisions,” was recently published in the University of Houston Journal of Health Law & Policy.  
Prior to her fellowship at DePaul, Professor Campbell was a senior fellow at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago. She also is an experienced litigator with a focus on representing physicians and health care institutions and recently worked within the American Medical Association’s Litigation Center. Professor Campbell has taught various health law courses for both DePaul and Loyola University Chicago. She received her BA and BS from Miami University, her JD with honors from Chicago-Kent and her LLM in Health Law from Loyola University Chicago.