Professor Dunn is a Lecturer in Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law and has a joint appointment in UCSF’s School of Nursing. She also teaches in UCSF’s Global Health Sciences and is affiliated with the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy and the Center of Expertise in Women’s Health, Gender and Empowerment. Professor Dunn’s teaching, research and advocacy focus on reproductive justice, global health and gender equity. Before joining the UC Hastings faculty in 2013, she spent 15 years working in law firms, research centers and academia.
Licensed in California and New York, Professor Dunn began her legal career at a plaintiffs’ class action law firm where she litigated health care and civil rights cases in state and federal courts throughout the country. She represented plaintiffs in Abdullahi v. Pfizer, a mass tort alleging Pfizer violated international law in conducting a clinical trial of the antibiotic Trovan without first obtaining the consent of the children or their parents. Other representative cases include class action lawsuits against insurance companies alleging racial discrimination, a class action challenging an employer’s denial of health insurance coverage for prescription contraceptives, and multidistrict litigation against health maintenance organizations.
Professor Dunn frequently guest lectures at medical, nursing and public health schools and conferences and collaborates on interdisciplinary research with her health sciences colleagues. In collaboration with faculty from UCSF’s Schools of Nursing and Medicine, Professor Dunn received a RAP grant to research forced and coerced obstetrical intervention in the United States. This research resulted in an article addressing the prevalence and impact of hospital bans on vaginal birth after cesarean within California. Shortly after, Professor Dunn published After the Choice: Challenging California’s Physician-Only Abortion Restriction in the UCLA Law Review Discourse. Dunn’s most recent article addresses the role of human rights litigation in improving access to reproductive health care and achieving reductions in maternal mortality. Her book, Abortion in California: A Medical-Legal Handbook serves as a resource for clinics and hospitals throughout California.
Before joining UC Hastings in 2009, Professor Dunn spent four years as the Law & Policy Advisor for Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health, a collaborative research group and “think tank” at UCSF. From 2009-2012, she served as the Executive Director of the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy, and in 2012-2013, she served as the Acting Assistant Dean of the Graduate Division at UC Hastings.
University of California, Hastings College of the Law 1998
University of California, Berkeley 1991
The Role of Human Rights Litigation in Improving Access to Reproductive Health Care and Achieving Reductions in Maternal Mortality 2017
BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth
After the Choice: Challenging California’s Physician-Only Abortion Restriction Under the State Constitution 2013
UCLA Law Review
BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Hastings Law Journal