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Greer Donley

Greer Donley

Assistant Professor of Law

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Greer Donley is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University Pittsburgh Law School.  Her teaching and scholarship focus on healthcare, bioethics, and administrative law, especially as those topics relate to reproductive rights.  Her scholarship has explored a broad range of healthcare issues, such as the ethics of prenatal whole genome sequencing, regulations surrounding the consumption of pharmaceuticals in pregnant and lactating women, and due process concerns associated with agency action and inaction in the healthcare context.  She has been published in numerous law reviews and bioethics journals, including Journal of Law, Medicine, & Ethics, Hastings Center Report, Michigan Journal of Gender & Law, NYU Journal of Law & Social Change, and Health Matrix.  

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.  

JD, University of Michigan Law School

Selected Publications

  • The Dysfunctional 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).

  • Marion Danis, Greer Donley & Reidun Forde, 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).

  • Marion Danis et al., Exploring Public Attitudes Towards Approaches to Discussing Costs in the Clinical Encounter, 29 J. Gen. Internal Med. 223 (2014).

  • 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).

  • Greer Donley, Sara Chandros Hull & Benjamin E. Berkman, Prenatal Whole Genome Sequencing: Just Because We Can, Should We?, 42 Hastings Ctr. Report 28 (2012).

  • Greer Donley & Marion Danis, Making the Case for Talking to Patients about the Costs of End-of-Life Care, 39 J.L. Med. & Ethics 183 (2011). 

Awards and Honors

  • H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Prize (Second Place), 2014
  • Michigan Law Scholarly Writing Award, 2014
  • Sarah Weddington Writing Prize (First Place), 2014
  • Claremont McKenna Departmental Thesis Award, 2009