Nadia N. Sawicki
Title/s: Georgia Reithal Professor of Law
Co-Director of the Beazley Institute for Health Law & Policy
Office #: Corboy 725
CV Link: Sawicki CV
Prof. Sawicki’s areas of expertise include torts, health law, and bioethics. Her scholarly work addresses subjects including the law's role in shaping the informed consent process; tort law's limitations in protecting the rights of patients in the end-of-life and reproductive health contexts; the challenges of protecting patients' rights to safe and accessible medical care while also accommodating health care providers' conscientious beliefs; and the state’s role in enforcing ethical norms in medicine.
In 2020, Prof. Sawicki was elected as a member of the American Law Institute. She has previously served as a member of the American Bar Association’s Special Committee on Bioethics and the Law, and co-chair of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities’ Law Affinity Group.
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. She has also 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. Before attending law school, Prof. Sawicki worked as an analyst in the Nursing Executive Center at the Advisory Board Company.
BA magna cum laude, Brown University
M. Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
JD cum laude, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Health Law: Patients and Populations
Bioethics Law and Policy
Health Justice Lab: End of Life
Tort Law Implications of Compelled Physician Speech, Indiana Law Journal (forthcoming 2021)
Unilateral Burdens and Third Party Harms: Abortion Conscience Laws as Policy Outliers, Indiana Law Journal (forthcoming 2021)
Rewritten Opinion: Burton v. State, in Seema Mohapatra and Lindsay F. Wiley, eds., Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Health Law Opinions (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2021)
A Common Law Duty to Disclose Conscience-Based Limitations on Medical Practice, in Holly Fernandez Lynch, I. Glenn Cohen, and Elizabeth Sepper, eds., Law, Religion and Health in the United States (Cambridge 2018)
The Hollow Promise of Freedom of Conscience, Cardozo Law Review (2012)
Informed Consent Beyond the Physician-Patient Encounter: Tort Law Implications of Extra-Clinical Decision Support Tools, Annals of Health Law (2012)
The Abortion Informed Consent Debate: More Light, Less Heat, Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy (2011)
Judging Doctors: The Person and the Professional, AMA Journal of Ethics (2011)
Character, Competence, and the Principles of Medical Discipline, Journal of Health Care Law and Policy (2010)