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Loyola University Chicago

Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy

School of Law

Faculty and Staff

Nadia N. Sawicki

Title/s: Assistant Professor of Law

Office #: Corboy 725

Phone: 312.915.8555

E-mail: nsawicki@luc.edu

CV Link: sawicki_cv.pdf


Prof. Sawicki, who joined the Loyola faculty in 2009, considers the hallmark of a good life to be an openness to ideas and conversations in pursuit of truth. Her areas of expertise, health law and bioethics, provide no shortage of opportunity for such conversations. Prof. Sawicki’s research interests include the accommodation of personal and professional beliefs in a pluralistic society; the appropriate use of persuasion by state actors; the law’s recognition of legal rights to recovery for invasion of contested harms; definitions of professional roles and ethical norms in medicine; and the state’s role in enforcing those norms. She approaches these problems from the disciplines of both law and ethical theory.
Her articles have been published in a variety of law reviews and peer reviewed journals, including the Cardozo Law Review, Arizona Law Review, Yale Law and Policy Review, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, Journal of Health Care Law and Policy, Virtual Mentor: The American Medical Association Journal of Ethics, American Journal of Bioethics, and Journal of Legal Medicine.

Prior to joining Loyola, Prof. Sawicki held the inaugural George Sharswood Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she taught bioethics and public health law. Prior to that, she served as a lecturer in History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Arts and Sciences, practiced law with Wolf, Block, Schorr & Solis-Cohen, and clerked for the Honorable J. Curtis Joyner of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. 


BA, magna cum laude, Brown University, 2000
MBioethics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 2004
JD, cum laude, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2004

Program Areas

Bioethics and the Law
Introduction to Health Law
LLM Seminar
Comparative Health Law and Bioethics
Constitutional Issues in Health Law


Professor Nadia Sawicki's SSRN Webpage

Patient Protection and Decision Aid Quality,54 Arizona Law Review __ (forthcoming, 2012).

The Hollow Promise of Freedom of Conscience, 33 CARDOZO LAW REVIEW 1389 (2012).

Informed Consent Beyond the Physician-Patient Encounter: Tort Law Implications of Extra-Clinical Decision Support Tools, 20 ANNALS OF HEALTH LAW 1 (2012).

The Abortion Informed Consent Debate: More Light, Less Heat, 21 CORNELL JOURNAL OF LAW AND PUBLIC POLICY 1 (2011).

Judging Physicians: The Person and the Professional, 13 VIRTUAL MENTOR: AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION JOURNAL OF ETHICS 718 (2011).

Book Review: Peculiar Institution: America’s Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition, 18 ETHICAL PERSPECTIVES 702 (2011).

Character, Competence, and the Principles of Medical Discipline, 13 J. Health Care L. & Pol'y 285 (2010).

There Must Be A Means: The Backwards Jurisprudence of Baze v. Rees, 12 U. Penn. J. Constit. L. 1407 (2010).

Doctors, Discipline, and the Death Penalty: Professional Implications of Safe Harbor Policies, 27 Yale L. & Pol'y Rev. 107 (2008).

Without Consent: Moral Imperatives, Special Abilities, and the Duty to Treat, 8:8 Am. J. Bioethics 33 (2008).

Holly Fernandez Lynch, Michele Mathes, and Nadia N. Sawicki, Compliance with Advance Directives: Wrongful Living and Tort Law Incentives, 29:2 J. Legal Med. 133 (2008).

Joanna Bergmann, Arthur Caplan, and Nadia Sawicki, Conceiving the Father: An Ethicist's Approach to Paternity Disestablishment, White Paper, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Emerging Issues in Paternity Establishment Expert Symposium (Jan. 2006).

Wrongful Pregnancy, Wrongful Life and Wrongful Birth, 51:3 Med. Trial Technique Quarterly 283 (2005). 


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