Sonia M. Suter

Sonia Suter portrait
The Kahan Family Research Professor of Law; Founding Director, Health Law Initiative
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
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Sonia M. Suter joined the law school faculty in 1999 after holding a Greenwall Fellowship in bioethics and health policy at Georgetown and Johns Hopkins Universities. While in law school, she was executive articles editor of the Michigan Law Review and was awarded the Henry M. Bates Memorial Scholarship, the highest law school award. Professor Suter then clerked for Judge John M. Walker, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Prior to attending law school, she earned a master’s degree and achieved Ph.D. candidacy in human genetics. She then worked as a genetic counselor for two years. Professor Suter has taught torts, genetics and the law, and bioethics and the law at the University of Michigan Law School. Her scholarship focuses on legal issues in medicine and genetics as well as bioethics.



BA, Michigan State University; MS, JD, University of Michigan

In the News

"How Amy Coney Barrett Could Upend Abortion Rights"

September 30, 2020

Sonia M. Suter is quoted in Law360 about how Judge Barrett could shift the balance of the Supreme Court on reproductive rights.

"Clashes Erupt Nationwide Over High Court's Abortion Ruling"

July 14, 2020

Sonia M. Suter is quoted in Law360 about SCOTUS vacating a pair of rulings that applied the cost-benefit test for abortion.

"Texas' New Abortion Restrictions Will Actually Do More to Spread the Coronavirus Than Prevent It"

April 17, 2020
Sonia M. Suter writes in Slate that the Fifth Circuit is using health rationales to limit reproductive rights in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The Supreme Court Hears a Stealth Attack on Abortion Rights"

March 04, 2020

Sonia M. Suter is quoted by Bloomberg Businessweek on whether abortion providers are entitled to challenge abortion laws.

"Why Abortion Could Impact How People Vote in 2020"

February 18, 2020

Sonia M. Suter appeared on Sinclair Broadcast Group to discuss how the makeup of the judiciary will significantly impact abortion rights.