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

"How the Abortion Rights is Tearing the US Apart"

June 28, 2022

Sonia M. Suter was interviewed by ABC Australia on the Supreme Court decision on Dobb v Jackson.

"#TheFinal5: The Legal Road Post-Roe"

June 28, 2022

Sonia M. Suter was interviewed by Fox 5 DC on the legal landscape following the Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v Jackson.

"In One Line, Abortion Ruling Raises Concerns About Other Rights"

June 24, 2022
Sonia M. Suter was quoted by Roll Call regarding the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v Jackson.

"Abortion Questions Swirl Over Health Attys In Post-Roe World"

June 24, 2022
Sonia M. Suter was quoted by Law360 regarding the fallout from the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v Jackson.

"Without Roe Protections, Rights Are At Stake Even in Abortion-friendly States"

June 18, 2022
Sonia M. Suter was quoted by the Boston Globe about the patchwork of laws across the country and the trigger legal challenges between states that ban abortion and those that allow them.