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Patricia A. King

Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law, Medicine, Ethics, and Public Policy

B.A., Wheaton College; J.D., Harvard

Areas of Expertise:

Family Law

Professor King's expertise is in the study of law, medicine, ethics and public policy. She is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Health...

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Professor King's expertise is in the study of law, medicine, ethics and public policy. She is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, School of Hygiene and Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. She is the co-author of Cases and Materials on Law, Science and Medicine. She teaches Family Law courses and offers a seminar in Bioethics and the Law. She is a member of the American Law Institute and the Institute of Medicine and a Fellow of the Hastings Center. Her work in the field of bioethics has included service on the HEW-Advisory Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee, the President's Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research, the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research, and the Ethics, Legal and Social Issues Working Group of the Human Genome Project. She is a fellow of the Harvard Corporation and a member of the Board of Trustees of Wheaton College. Her professional experience before joining the Law Center faculty in 1973 was primarily in the civil rights field; she was the Deputy Director of the Office of Civil Rights and Special Assistant to the Chairman of the EEOC. She also served as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Division of the Department of Justice.

Recent Scholarship

Books

  • Biolaw: A Legal and Ethical Reporter on Medicine, Health Care, and Bioengineering (Patricia A. King & James Childress eds., Bethesda, Md.: University Publications of America 2005-2007) (publishing bimonthly updates).    [BOOK]
  • Patricia A. King, Lawrence O. Gostin & Judith C. Areen, Law, Medicine and Ethics (New York: Foundation Press 2006).    [BOOK]
  • Patricia A. King, Judith C. Areen, Steven Goldberg, Lawrence O. Gostin & Peter D. Jacobson, Law, Science and Medicine (New York: Foundation Press 3d ed. 2005).    [BOOK]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Patricia A. King, Race, Equity, Health Policy, and the African American Community, in African American Bioethics: Culture, Race, and Identity 67-92 (Lawrence J. Prograis, Jr. & Edmund D. Pellegrino eds., Wash., D.C.: Georgetown University Press 2007).    [BOOK]
  • Patricia A. King, Justice Beyond Belmont, in Belmont Revisited: Ethical Principles For Research With Human Subjects 136-147 (James F. Childress, Eric Mark Meslin & Harold T. Shapiro eds., Wash., D.C.: Georgetown University Press 2005).    [BOOK]
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All Scholarship 2000 - Present

Books

  • Biolaw: A Legal and Ethical Reporter on Medicine, Health Care, and Bioengineering (Patricia A. King & James Childress eds., Bethesda, Md.: University Publications of America 2005-2007) (publishing bimonthly updates).    [BOOK]
  • Patricia A. King, Lawrence O. Gostin & Judith C. Areen, Law, Medicine and Ethics (New York: Foundation Press 2006).    [BOOK]
  • Patricia A. King, Judith C. Areen, Steven Goldberg, Lawrence O. Gostin & Peter D. Jacobson, Law, Science and Medicine (New York: Foundation Press 3d ed. 2005).    [BOOK]
  • Patricia A. King, Judith C. Areen, Steven Goldberg, Lawrence O. Gostin & Alexander M. Capron, Law, Science and Medicine (New York: Foundation Press 2d ed. Supp. 2000).   

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Patricia A. King, Michael L. Fortun, Evelynn M. Hammonds, Caryn Lerman, Alexandra E. Shields & Patrick F. Sullivan, The Use of Race Variables in Genetic Studies of Complex Traits and the Goal of Reducing Health Disparities: A Transdisciplinary Perspective, 60 Am. Psych. 77-103 (2005).    [W]
  • Patricia A. King, Reflections on Race and Bioethics in the United States, 14 Health Matrix 149-153 (2004).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Patricia A. King et al., Safety Issues in Cell-Based Intervention Trials, 80 Fertility & Sterility 1077-1085 (2003).   

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Patricia A. King, Race, Equity, Health Policy, and the African American Community, in African American Bioethics: Culture, Race, and Identity 67-92 (Lawrence J. Prograis, Jr. & Edmund D. Pellegrino eds., Wash., D.C.: Georgetown University Press 2007).    [BOOK]
  • Patricia A. King, Justice Beyond Belmont, in Belmont Revisited: Ethical Principles For Research With Human Subjects 136-147 (James F. Childress, Eric Mark Meslin & Harold T. Shapiro eds., Wash., D.C.: Georgetown University Press 2005).    [BOOK]
  • Patricia A. King, Dangers of Difference, in Tuskegee's Truths: Rethinking the Tuskegee Syphilis Study 424-430 (Susan M. Reverby ed., Durham, N.C.: University of North Carolina Press 2000).    [BOOK]

Selected Contributions to Other Publications

  • Patricia A. King, Disruptive Inmates, 67 Fed. Probation 65-66 (2003) (reviewing Kenneth Adams & Hans Toch, Acting Out: Maladaptive Behavior in Confinement (2002)).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Patricia A. King et al., Public Stem Cell Banks: Considerations of Justice in Stem Cell Research and Therapy, Hastings Center Rep., Nov./Dec. 2003, at 13-27.   
Recent scholarship

In the News

"Congress can — and should — repeal DC's assisted suicide law," coverage by The Hill, September 4, 2017, quoting Professor Patricia King.

An obituary feature for Roger Wilkins, a civil rights lawyer, author, journalist and foundation executive appeared in the New York Times on March 28, 2017, naming Professor Patricia A. King as a survivor. Mr. Wilkins' obituary also ran in the Washington Post.

"Not Buying ‘Death with Dignity’," coverage by Catholic Citizens, October 27, 2016, quoting Professor Patricia King.

"African Americans Wary of Assisted Suicide: A ‘Right to Die’ May Become a ‘Duty to Die’," coverage by CNSNews.com, October 27, 2016, quoting Professor Patricia King.

"District of Columbia delays vote on assisted suicide until November 1, residents urged to contact their city council member," coverage by National Right to Life News, October 19, 2016, quoting Professor Patricia King.

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"Congress can — and should — repeal DC's assisted suicide law," coverage by The Hill, September 4, 2017, quoting Professor Patricia King.

An obituary feature for Roger Wilkins, a civil rights lawyer, author, journalist and foundation executive appeared in the New York Times on March 28, 2017, naming Professor Patricia A. King as a survivor. Mr. Wilkins' obituary also ran in the Washington Post.

"Not Buying ‘Death with Dignity’," coverage by Catholic Citizens, October 27, 2016, quoting Professor Patricia King.

"African Americans Wary of Assisted Suicide: A ‘Right to Die’ May Become a ‘Duty to Die’," coverage by CNSNews.com, October 27, 2016, quoting Professor Patricia King.

"District of Columbia delays vote on assisted suicide until November 1, residents urged to contact their city council member," coverage by National Right to Life News, October 19, 2016, quoting Professor Patricia King.

"Right-to-die law faces skepticism in nation’s capital: ‘It’s really aimed at old black people,’" coverage by The Washington Post, October 17, 2016, quoting Professor Patricia King.

"Child Watch…Diversity map needed for America," coverage in The New Pittsburgh Courier, December 14, 2014, featuring Professor Patricia King.

"Needed: A True Diversity Map for America," coverage in Huffington Post, December 5, 2014, featuring Professor Patricia King.

"Honoris Causa," coverage in Harvard Magazine, June 16, 2014, featuring Professor Patricia King.

"Eight to receive honorary degrees," coverage in Harvard Gazette, May 29, 2014, featuring Professor Patricia King. Further coverage in Bostinno and CBS. 

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