Sonia M. Suter

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The Kahan Family Research Professor of Law; Founding Director, Health Law Initiative
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
[email protected]

Sonia M. Suter’s scholarship focuses on issues at the intersection of law, medicine, and bioethics, with a particular focus on reproductive rights, emerging reproductive technologies, and ethical and legal issues in genetics. She has published widely in law reviews, peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journals, and science journals. One of her recent articles was selected for Editors' Choice 2020 by the Journal of Law and the Biosciences, one of the leading peer-reviewed journals in medical ethics and legal medicine. Another was chosen by the same journal’s editorial team as one of its “favorite widely read and cited articles” that has “made a big impact.” An internationally recognized expert in genetics and the law and assisted reproductive technologies, Professor Suter is a co-author of the leading textbooks in those areas. She also participates in national working groups and advisory boards and as a consultant to policymakers on issues in her field of expertise. At GW Law, she teaches Torts, Law and Medicine, Genetics and the Law, and Assisted Reproductive Technologies.

Before coming to GW Law, Professor Suter held a Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics and Health Policy at Georgetown and Johns Hopkins Universities. She was also a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan Law School and an adjunct at Georgetown University Law Center.  

Prior to law school, Professor Suter earned a master’s degree and achieved Ph.D. candidacy in human genetics from the University of Michigan. Thereafter, she worked as a genetic counselor in obstetrics and pediatrics at Henry Ford Hospital. While attending the University of Michigan Law School, she served as the Executive Articles Editor of the Michigan Law Review and earned the Henry M. Bates Memorial Scholarship, the highest law school award. After graduating from law school, Professor Suter clerked for Judge John M. Walker, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. 



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

In the News

"Opinion: Maryland Can Be a Model for Regulating Law Enforcement Use of Genetic Databases"

June 18, 2021

Sonia M. Suter co-writes in The Washington Post that a Maryland law offers a template for regulating forensic genetic genealogy.

"Is Roe v. Wade's Future in Jeopardy with the Upcoming Supreme Court Hearing?"

May 24, 2021

Sonia M. Suter discusses with WUSA9 how SCOTUS will hear a challenge to a Mississippi law that would ban almost all abortions after 15 weeks.

"Supreme Court Should Respect Roe's Viability Line for Abortion"

May 21, 2021

Sonia M. Suter writes in USA Today that SCOTUS could eliminate the viability line instead of ending the constitutional right to abortion.

"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.