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Adrienne Asch, Ph.D., is the Henry R. Luce Professor in Biology, Ethics and the Politics of Human Reproduction at Wellesley College. Her work focuses on the ethical, political, psychological and social implications of human reproduction and the family. From 1987-1990, she served as an Associate in Social Science and Policy with the New Jersey Bioethics Commission, and during 1993 was a member of the Clinton Task Force on Health Care Reform. Recent publications include "Prenatal Diagnosis and Selective Abortion: A Challenge to Practice and Policy" (American Journal of Public Health, 89[11], pp.1649-1657); and a book, Prenatal Testing and Disability Rights co-edited with Erik Parens (Georgetown University Press, 2000).

Jeffrey R. Botkin, M.D., M.P.H., is a Professor of Pediatrics and an Adjunct Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Medical Ethics at the University of Utah. He is trained as a general pediatrician with fellowship training in the Program in Law, Ethics and Health from Johns Hopkins in affiliation with the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown. Dr. Botkin's research addresses the ethical, legal and social implications of genetic technology. This work is focused on behavioral and psychological responses to genetic testing for cancer susceptibility, and issues in informed consent, privacy, and confidentiality. He has also written extensively on ethical and legal issues in prenatal diagnosis. Dr. Botkin currently chairs the Committee on Bioethics for the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Mary Crossley, J.D., is the Florida Bar Health Law Section Professor of Law at the Florida State University College of Law where she teaches courses in health law and policy and civil rights in health care. She has published a number of articles examining the application of disability discrimination law to various aspects of the health care financing and delivery system. Her more recent work seeks to bring disability theory to bear in understanding legal definitions of disability and to explore possible legal responses to the problem of physician bias.

Janet L. Dolgin, J.D., Ph.D., is a Professor at Hofstra University School of Law. She is the author of Defining the Family: Law, Reproduction, and Technology (1997). She has written and spoken extensively on issues of family law and reproductive technology, and has recently written on ethical and legal subjects regarding genetics.

Martha A. Field, J.D., is the Langdell Professor of Law at the Harvard Law School. Her scholarly interests include constitutional law, family law, federal courts, and reproductive technology. She is the author of Surrogate Motherhood, and Equal Treatment for People With Mental Retardation: Having and Raising Children, and several articles regarding reproductive technology. Her work has taken a particular interest in the impact of reproductive decisions on persons with disabilities.

Suzanne Holland, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Religious and Social Ethics and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Puget Sound. She also teaches in the Department of Medical History and Ethics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Holland's research interests include the ethics of human genetics, biotechnology, and commodification. She is co-editor of and contributor to the first book published on the human stem cell debate: The Human Embryonic Stem Cell Debate: Science, Ethics & Public Policy (2001).

John V. Jacobi, J.D., is a Professor of Law at the Seton Hall Law School where he is also the Associate Director of the Health Law and Policy Program. He writes and speaks frequently on health care issues including AIDS and health care reform. He has written a number of articles addressing the structure and practice of American health insurance as they relate to patient care.

Aline Kalbian, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Religion at Florida State University. Her areas of research interest are Catholic moral theology, sexual ethics, reproductive technologies and feminist ethics. She has published on the Catholic Church's recent apology to the Jewish people and on proportionalism in Catholic moral theology. She is currently working on a book on the Catholic Church, gender and reproduction.

Paul A. Lombardo, Ph.D., J.D., is the Director of the Program in Law and Medicine in the Center for Biomedical Ethics at the University of Virginia. He writes regularly on the history of eugenics and currently serves as a member of the Editorial Advisory Panel of the Digital Image Archive of the American Eugenics Movement. The Digital Image Archive is an NIH (ELSI) funded project of the DNA Learning Center of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York.

Mary Briody Mahowald, Ph.D., is a Professor at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and The College. She is the author of Women and Children in Health Care: An Unequal Majority (1996) and Genes, Women, Equality (2000); co-author of Disability, Difference, Discrimination: Perspectives on Justice in Bioethics and Public Policy (1998); editor of Philosophy of Women: Classical to Current Concepts (3rd ed., 1994); and co-editor of Genetics in the Clinic: Clinical, Ethical, and Social Implications for Primary Care (2001).

Michael J. Malinowski, J.D., is an Associate Professor of Law at the Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, Delaware campus, and Co-Chair of the Health and Human Services committee of the American Bar Association. In 1999-2000 he was a SmithKline Beecham Distinguished Fellow in Law and Genetics at the Center for the Study of Law, Science and Technology at the Arizona State University College of Law. He has been an active participant in national policy debates regarding the application of genetic technologies, serving on state and national advisory bodies. He has published a number of articles on legal and ethical issues relating to genetics and is the author of Biotechnology: Law, Business and Regulation.

Paul Steven Miller, J.D., has been a Commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission since 1994 and serves on the Executive Committee of the President's Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities. His experience prior to his tenure on the EEOC included serving as White House liaison to the disability community and acting as the Director of Litigation for the Western Law Center for Disability Rights, a non-profit legal services center. Commissioner Miller has written many scholarly articles on discrimination issues and the civil rights of people with disabilities, including "Is There a Pink Slip in my Genes? Genetic Discrimination in the Workplace," published in the Journal of Health Care Law & Policy.

Larry I. Palmer, J.D., is a Professor of Law at the Cornell University Law School in Ithaca, New York. He is the author of Law, Medicine, and Social Justice (1989), Endings and Beginnings: Law, Medicine and Law in Assisted Life and Death (2000), and articles dealing with law, medicine, and policy. Professor Palmer is also the executive producer and author of the study guide of the prize-winning educational video, Susceptible to Kindness: Miss Evers' Boys and the Tuskegee Syphilis Study. He is a member of the America Bar Association's Bioethics and the Law Coordinating Committee and a director of the National Patient Safety Foundation. From 1987-1994 he served as a vice president at Cornell University.

Barbara Katz Rothman, Ph.D., is a Professor of Sociology at Baruch College and CUNY Graduate School. She has won the American Sociological Association's Jesse Barnard Award for distinguished contributions to the field, is president of Sociologists for Women in Society, and was a recent president of the Society for the Study of Social Problems. She is the author of Recreating Motherhood,The Tentative Pregnancy, Genetic Maps and Human Imaginations, and The Book of Life.

Lois Shepherd, J.D., is an Associate Professor at the Florida State University College of Law where she teaches courses in health law and policy, with a particular emphasis on bioethics and most recently, genetics. Her scholarship has included a number of scholarly articles and essays on ethical and legal issues relating to prenatal genetic testing, abortion, and physician-assisted suicide. Much of her work has focused on issues of rights in the context of health care and the role that societal concern for suffering has played in determining legal and ethical rights and responsibilities.

David Wasserman, J.D., is a Research Scholar at the University of Maryland's Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy. He writes on biotechnology, disability, and reproductive policy; and issues in procedural and distributive justice. He has co-authored Disability, Difference, Discrimination with Anita Silvers and Mary Mahowald (Rowman and Littlefield, 1998), and co-edited Genetics and Criminal Behavior with Robert Wachbroit (Cambridge, 2001).


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