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.
Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals
Book Chapters & Collected Works
"Clarence Thomas hearing witness: Let's not do 1991 all over again," coverage by CNN, September 20, 2018, quoting Professor Patricia A. King.
"Who is exercising the right to die? Mostly white, well-educated," coverage by the Daily Democrat, July 3, 2018, quoting Professor Patricia King.
"Report: Who is exercising the legal right to die in California?" cover by The Mercury News, June 28, 2018, quoting Professor Patricia King.