Mary Crossley

Interim Dean, Professor of Law, John E. Murray Faculty Scholar


Professor Crossley began serving as Interim Dean in July 2023. She was originally appointed Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2005 and served as Dean from 2005-2012, focusing her leadership on initiatives relating to curricular reform, innovation programming, and promoting diversity. In 2013 she was selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Public Health Law Scholar in Residence, and in 2014-15 she served as a Faculty Mentor for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Public Health Law Education Faculty Fellowship Program. In 2023, she received the American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics Jay Healey Teaching Award.

Immediately prior to coming to Pitt, Crossley was the Florida Bar Health Law Section Professor of Law at Florida State University and before that she was on the faculty at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, including two years of service as Associate Academic Dean. Before beginning to teach, she practiced corporate and health care law in San Francisco and New Haven and clerked for Judge Harry Wellford on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Follow her on Twitter @MaryCrossley.

Key/Recent Publications

Books and Chapters: 

Scholarly Articles: ​​


  • “Race-Disability Intersectionality as a Health Equity Imperative,” University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, Inclusive Excellence Speaker Series, April 2023
  • “Race-Disability Intersectionality as a Health Equity Imperative,” Pike Lecture, Boston University School of Law, March 2023
  • “Embodied Injustice: Race, Disability, and Health,” Seton Hall University Law School, March 2023
  • "An Equality Directive for Health Care," American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Nov. 2022
  • "Embodied Injustice: Race, Disability, and Health," Distinguished Speaker Series, St. Louis University School of Law, Oct. 2022
  • "Trustworthy Medicine: Perspectives from the Race-Disability Intersection," British Sociological Association Medical Sociology Conference, Sept. 2022.

Other Activities

  • AccessLex Institute Board of Directors, Vice-Chair
  • Pennsylvania State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, member
  • 3iHoME: Independent Innovative & Integrated Supportive Housing, Portland, Maine, Advisory Board Member.

Programs & Courses