Nadia N. Sawicki
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 & Policy
Mark A. Hall, David Orentlicher, Mary Anne Bobinski, Nicholas Bagley, I Glenn. Cohen, Nadia N. Sawicki, Health Care Law and Ethics, 10th Edition (and related volumes) (Aspen, forthcoming 2024)
Conscience Protections for Health Care Providers in the Post-Dobbs Era, Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues (forthcoming 2023)
Dobbs Weakens Pregnant Patients’ Right to Medical Self-Determination, Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics (forthcoming 2023) (with Elizabeth Kukura)
Ethical Malpractice, Houston Law Review (2022)
Rewritten Opinion: Burton v. State, in Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Health Law Opinions (Seema Mohapatra and Lindsay F. Wiley, eds.) (Cambridge 2022)
Tort Law Implications of Compelled Physician Speech, Indiana Law Journal (2022)
State Peer Review Laws as a Tool to Incentivize Reporting to Medical Boards, St. Louis University Journal of Health Law & Policy (2021)
A Malpractice-Based Duty to Disclose the Risk of Stillbirth: A Response to Lens, Iowa Law Review Online (2021)
Unilateral Burdens and Third Party Harms: Abortion Conscience Laws as Policy Outliers, Indiana Law Journal (2021)
The Conscience Defense to Malpractice, California Law Review (2020)
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)