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Greer Donley

Assistant Professor of Law


Greer Donley is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University Pittsburgh Law School and the Director of the joint degree program in law and bioethics. Her teaching and scholarship focus on healthcare, bioethics, and FDA law, especially as those topics relate to reproductive rights. Her scholarship has explored a broad range of healthcare issues, such as parental autonomy rights over prenatal end-of-life decision-making, the legal and medical necessity of abortion care during pandemics, 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 Minnesota Law Review, Alabama Law Review, Journal of Law & the Biosciences, Journal of Law, Medicine, & Ethics, and Hastings Center Report. Professor Donley’s work has also been featured in popular media, including the Atlantic and Buzzfeed News.

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.  

Her publications can be found here.

Key/Recent Publications

Other Activities

  • Professor Donley published an article, "The Unintended Consequences of the Contraceptive Mandate" that appeared in The Atlantic. 

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