Greer Donley

Associate Professor of Law


Greer Donley is a John E. Murray Faculty Scholar and Associate Professor of Law at the University Pittsburgh Law School. She is a national expert on abortion and the law. Her scholarly works have been published or are forthcoming in the Columbia Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Boston College Law Review, Journal of Law & the Biosciences, among others. Her popular writing has been published in the New York Times, the Atlantic, Time, the Boston Globe, the Hill, Politico, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Donley is quoted extensively in the media, especially on topics related to abortion pills, post-Roe legal strategies, and the impact of abortion bans on other aspects of reproductive healthcare. Her recent co-authored work has influenced local, state, and national abortion policy across the country.

Donley’s scholarship has explored interjurisdictional abortion conflicts in a post-Roe America, the intersection of pregnancy loss and abortion, the FDA’s regulation of medication abortion, the right to abortion in the context of fetal anomaly, contraceptive equity in the Affordable Care Act, and the regulations surrounding the consumption of pharmaceuticals in pregnant and lactating women.

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 academia in 2018, 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. She is also on the board of the Women's Law Project.

Her publications can be found here. 

Follow Donley on Twitter at @greerdonley.


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