Valerie Gutmann Koch is a Visiting Fellow at DePaul University College of Law and the Director of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago’s MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. As a scholar of bioethics, public policy, and health law, Professor Koch concentrates on how medical and technological advances have informed and sometimes transformed various areas of law, identifying ways in which law and policy is – or is not – equipped to address changes in technology and practice. Previously, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and Special Advisor to the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law, the state’s bioethics commission; she formerly served as the Senior Attorney to the Task Force. Following law school, she practiced in the intellectual property litigation practice at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
Professor Koch earned her J.D. degree from Harvard Law School, where she was the co-editor of the recent developments section of the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics. She graduated magna cum laude with an A.B. from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs and Public Policy, with a focus in bioethics. Professor Koch is committed to public service, including serving as the Chair of the ABA’s Special Committee on Bioethics and the Law and Co-Chair of the Law Affinity Group for the American Society for Bioethics and the Humanities.