An Open Letter to President Barack Obama, Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Attorney General Eric Holder and Leaders of Congress

Michele B. Goodwin

Chancellor’s Chair in Law, University of California-Irvine Law School


Professor Michele Goodwin’s research concerns the role of law in the promotion and regulation of medicine, science, and biotechnology. She researches and teaches in the areas of constitutional law, property, biotechnology, bioethics, and cultural politics. Her scholarship defines new ways of thinking about supply, demand, and access to sophisticated medical technologies, spanning genetics (human and modified organisms) to organ transplantation, assisted reproductive technology, and creating families.

She is a prolific author and public voice on civil liberties and human rights, particularly human trafficking for sex, labor, body parts, and marriage. Her editorials and commentaries appear in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Gene Watch, Christian Science Monitor, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Houston Chronicle, Chicago Sun Times, Washington Post, AlterNet and Forbes Magazine. She is a columnist for the Conversation Section of the Chronicle of Higher Education Magazine and blogs for the Harvard Bill of Health.

Professor Goodwin is the founder and director of The Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy at UC Irvine School of Law. She is also the president of the Defence for Children International U.S. affiliate and founder of the Institute for Global Child Advocacy. Professor Goodwin is the former Everett Fraser Professor in Law at the University of Minnesota.