Sonia M. Suter

Sonia Suter
John and Inge Stafford Faculty Research Professor
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
[email protected]

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

“Abortion Debate Takes Shape in States”

March 06, 2019

Sonia M. Suter is quoted by Sinclair Broadcast Group about the role of states in the abortion debate.

“Planning to Give 23andMe or AncestryDNA Kits This Christmas? Read This First”

December 14, 2018

Sonia M. Suter is quoted in the Chicago Tribune about how people should consider the emotional consequences of DNA tests.

"Pharmacies' Middle Ground on Birth Control, Religion Threatened"

November 01, 2018

Sonia M. Suter is quoted in Bloomberg Law about how pharmacies are getting caught in the crossfire between religious liberty and patient rights.

"To Catch a Criminal: Ethics and Privacy Risks in DNA Familial Searches"

October 17, 2018

Sonia M. Suter is quoted in Washington Lawyer about why police should exhaust other avenues of investigation before turning to DNA.

"Same-Sex Mouse Parents Give Birth Via Gene Editing"

October 11, 2018

Sonia M. Suter is quoted in National Geographic about ethical questions surrounding the research of same-sex reproduction.