Faculty Activities & Scholarship
Alta Charo gave a keynote presentation, "Physicians and the Body Politic," at the American Medical Association's State Legislative Strategy Conference in January. She spoke on the rise of state laws affecting the doctor-patient relationship, ranging from prohibitions on discussing the risks of firearms in a home with children to mandates requiring discussion of end-of-life options with terminal patients, as well as numerous abortion-related interventions.
In January, John Ohnesorge served as senior faculty in the 2015 Doha, Qatar, workshop of Harvard Law School's Institute for Global Law & Policy. The annual workshop includes faculty and participants from around the world, who focus on issues of international law and policy.
Alta Charo has been appointed to the National Academies committee asked by the Food and Drug Administration to consider the ethical issues related to mitochondrial modification of eggs, the first form of gene therapy to have multigenerational effects and to produce children with DNA from three different people.
The UW Law School's nationally recognized faculty and staff work together to provide an outstanding learning environment for our students. Our faculty and staff come from a wide range of backgrounds and bring varying experiences, views, and approaches to the Law School. They are inspired by the UW’s distinctive law-in-action approach, and they are committed to helping students develop into confident, successful lawyers.
Our faculty members are leading scholars, but they are also actively involved in the law. They advise on stem cell issues, represent clients on death row, work with congressional staffers to draft legislation, provide legal advice to poor farmers in the South, and work with the European Union on monetary policy. They are often quoted in the news, they travel around the world, and they are part of what is new and exciting in the legal community. But first and foremost, they are excellent teachers.
The low student-faculty ratio at the UW Law School allows students to work closely with professors. Our research faculty members teach at all levels in the curriculum and work with students to provide a strong foundation in law and legal reasoning. A prestigious clinical faculty of more than twenty-five full-time teachers provides additional opportunities for students to receive rigorous training and personal attention through hands-on experiential learning.
The UW Law School also has both a legal research and writing faculty and an experienced adjunct faculty as part of its teaching community. Our adjunct faculty members are highly successful practicing lawyers and judges who bring their specialized knowledge and experience to the classroom, bridging the theoretical and the practical aspects of legal training and making the law come to life.