Greer Donley is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University Pittsburgh Law School. Her teaching and scholarship focus on healthcare, bioethics, and FDA law, especially as those topics relate to reproductive justice. Her scholarship has explored a broad range of reproductive healthcare topics, such as regulation of medication abortion, parental autonomy rights over fetal end-of-life decision-making, contraceptive equity in the Affordable Care Act, and regulations surrounding the consumption of pharmaceuticals in pregnant and lactating women. She has been published in numerous law reviews and bioethics journals, including Cornell Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Boston College Law Review, Alabama Law Review, Journal of Law & the Biosciences, and Hastings Center Report. Professor Donley’s work has also been featured in popular media, including the Atlantic and Buzzfeed News. In 2020, Professor Donley won two emerging scholar awards based on her scholarship: the Haub Law Emerging Scholar Award in Women, Gender & Law and the SLU and ASLME Health Law Scholar Award. In 2021, the Pitt Law graduating 3Ls voted to give her the Robert T. Harper Excellence in Teaching Award.
Before joining the Pitt Law faculty, Professor Donley was an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins, LLP, where she advised a variety of healthcare clients in fraud and abuse, administrative law, and FDA law. She also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Robert Sack on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Before law school, she was a fellow in the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health, where she contributed as an ethics consultant and researched topics related to genetics and the fair allocation of healthcare resources. She graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Michigan Law School and was an Editor-in-Chief of the Michigan Journal of Gender & Law.
Professor Donley is the Director of the joint degree program in law and bioethics and a core faculty member with the Center for Bioethics & Health Law, the Reproductive Bridges Coalition, and the Center for Women’s Health Research and Innovation.
Her publications can be found here.
- Early Abortion Exceptionalism, 107 Cornell L. Rev. (forthcoming 2021).
- Second Trimester Abortion Dangertalk, 62 Boston College L. Rev. (forthcoming 2021) (with Jill Wieber Lens).
- The Legal and Medical Necessity of Abortion Care Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, 28 J.L. & Biosciences 1 (2020).
- Parental Autonomy over Prenatal End-of-Life-Decisions, 105 Minn. L. Rev. 175 (2020).
- Contraceptive Equity: Curing the Sex Discrimination in the ACA’s Mandate, 71 Ala. L. Rev. 499 (2019).
- Commentary on Burton v. State, in Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Health Law Options. (Seema Mohapatra and Lindsay F. Wiley, eds.) (under review by Cambridge University Press, expected publication 2022).
- Regulation of Encapsulated Placenta, 86 Tenn. L. Rev. 225 (2019) (lead article)
- The Broken Medicare Appeals Process: Failed Regulatory Solutions and the Promise of Federal Litigation, 28 Health Matrix 269 (2018).
- Encouraging Maternal Sacrifice: How Regulations Governing the Consumption of Pharmaceuticals in Pregnancy Prioritize Fetal Safety over Maternal Health and Autonomy, 39 N.Y.U. Rev. L. & Soc. Change 45 (2015).
- A System of Men and Not of Laws: What Due Process Tells Us about the Deficiencies in Institutional Review Boards, 7 Nw. Interdisc. L. Rev. 197 (2015).
- Moving Away from Silent Trepidation: Changing the Discussion of Rationing and Resource Allocation, in Fair Resource Allocation and Rationing at the Bedside 400 (Marion Danis et al. eds., 2014) (with Marion Danis & Reidun Forde).
- Exploring Public Attitudes Towards Approaches to Discussing Costs in the Clinical Encounter, 29 J. Gen. Internal Med. 223 (2014) (with multiple authors).
- Does the Constitution Protect Abortions Based on Fetal Anomaly? Examining the Potential for Disability-Selective Abortion Bans in the Age of Prenatal Whole Genome Sequencing, 20 Mich. J. Gender & L. 291 (2013).
- Prenatal Whole Genome Sequencing: Just Because We Can, Should We?, 42 Hastings Ctr. Report 28 (2012) (with Sara Chandros Hull & Benjamin E. Berkman).
- Making the Case for Talking to Patients about the Costs of End-of-Life Care, 39 J.L. Med. & Ethics 183 (2011) (with Marion Danis).
- Read Professor Donley’s Atlantic articles: "The Unintended Consequences of the Contraceptive Mandate" and “Biden Could Expand Abortion Access, Even Without the Senate.”
- You can hear Professor Donley talk about her contraceptive equity paper on the Ipse Dixit podcast or on Buzzfeed’s AM2DM segment.
- You can read a review of Professor Donley’s paper, Parental Autonomy over Prenatal End-of-Life Decisions, on JOTWELL.