Susan Wolf, JD
Founding Director, Joint Degree Program
Founding Chair, Consortium on Law and Values
JD, Yale Law School
AB, summa cum laude, Princeton University
Curriculum Vitae (doc)
Professor Susan M. Wolf is the McKnight Presidential Professor of Law, Medicine & Public Policy and the Faegre Baker Daniels Professor of Law. She is the founding Director of the Joint Degree Program in Law, Health & the Life Sciences and the founding Chair of the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences. She is also a professor of medicine in the University's Medical School and a faculty member in the University's Center for Bioethics.
Professor Wolf is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine (IOM), an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and an elected fellow of The Hastings Center as well as a past-member of the Fellows' Council. She has received numerous grants to support her research, including from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), and The Greenwall Foundation. In 2007-2010, Wolf served as a member of the Law & Neuroscience Project funded by the MacArthur Foundation. She is a senior consultant to The Hastings Center on its project on guidelines for end-of-life care, funded by the Donaghue Foundation and Sussman Trust.
Professor Wolf teaches in the areas of health law, law and science, and bioethics. She is the faculty chair of the Law School's Concentration in Health Law & Bioethics. Professor Wolf was co-holder of the 1999-2000 Julius E. Davis Chair in Law. She was appointed to the Faegre Baker Daniels Professorship in Law in 2000 and the McKnight Presidential Professorship in Law, Medicine & Public Policy in 2006.
Professor Wolf received an AB degree summa cum laude from Princeton University and a JD degree from Yale Law School, with graduate work at Harvard University. She clerked for Judge Leonard B. Sand of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and then practiced with the New York law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison from 1981 to 1984. In 1984-85, Professor Wolf was a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellow at The Hastings Center in New York, a senior bioethics research institute. She then became the Center's Associate for Law. She also taught law and medicine at New York University School of Law as an adjunct associate professor from 1987 to 1992. In 1992-93, she was a Fellow at Harvard University in the Program in Ethics and the Professions.
Professor Wolf has served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, the American Journal of Bioethics (AJOB), Neuroethics, and the Journal of Urban Health. She is Executive Editor of the Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology. She has served on numerous panels for organizations including the American Bar Association (ABA), American Medical Association (AMA), and American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). She is a past chair of the AALS Section on Law, Medicine and Health Care and a past board member (elected) of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH).
Professor Wolf was a 1998-99 Opperman Research Scholar, a 1996 recipient of the John K. & Elsie Lampert Fesler Research Grant, and a 1996 recipient of a University of Minnesota Medical School Merit Award.
Many of Professor Wolf's publications may be found on her SSRN page.
- Rebecca Boxhorn, JD Research Associate
- Audrey Boyle
- Martha Coventry, MA
- Cortney Jones, JD
Adjunct Professor, Research Associate
- Ralph Hall, JD
- Steven Kranz, JD
- Mary Moreno Lien
- Hari Osofsky, JD
- Carol Rachac, MA
Associate Program Director
- Erin Sikkink
Student Support Assistant
- William Toscano, PhD
Associate Director, JDP
- Susan Wolf, JD