Alicia Ouellette, JD

President and Dean, and Professor of Law,
Albany Law School and

Professor of Bioethics,
The Bioethics Program

Law and bioethics
End-of-life decisionmaking
Disability rights
Human reproduction
Pediatric ethics


Alicia Ouellette earned an A.B. with honors from Hamilton College, and a J.D. magna cum laude, from Albany Law School, where she was the editor-in-chief of the Albany Law Review. Professor Ouellette joined the law school faculty in 2001 after serving as an Assistant Solicitor General in then-Attorney General Eliot Spitzer’s office. As an Assistant Solicitor General, Ouellette briefed and argued more than 100 appeals in federal and state appellate courts on issues ranging from termination of treatment for the terminally ill to the responsibility of gun manufacturers for injuries caused by handguns. Before that, Ouellette worked in private practice and served as a confidential law clerk to Judge Howard A. Levine, on the New York State Court of Appeals.

Professor Ouellette’s research interests include end-of-life decisionmaking, disability ethics, pediatric ethics, disparities in health care, confidentiality of medical information, human reproduction, women's health care, and ownership of the human body. She frequently presents on the conflict between disability activists and bioethicists, death and dying, public health, and reproductive rights. In 2005, Albany Law School awarded Professor Ouellette its first annual Distinguished Educator for Excellence in Service award to recognize her work building the school’s top flight health law and bioethics program and her work as lead counsel on the law professors’ amicus curiae brief in support of the 44 same-sex couples who sought the right to marry in New York State


Curriculum Vitae >

Recent Publications

Disability and the End of Life
85 OREGON L. REV. 123 (2006) 

Lessons Across the Pond: Assisted Reproductive Technology in the United Kingdom and the United States
31 AM. J. OF LAW AND MED. 420 (2005) (with co-authors) 

When Vitalism is Dead Wrong
79 INDIANA L. J. 1 (2004), 

Termination of Life-Support for a Never-Competent Patient: The Case of Sheila Pouliot, in ETHICAL ISSUES IN MODERN MEDICINE 
(7th ed., Steinbock, et al. eds, forthcoming 2007)


Recent Activities

Death and Dying in America, panelist (with Maura Flood and Joshua Perry) and chair at American Society of Bioethics and Humanities conference on Bioethics & Politics: The Future of Bioethics in a Divided Democracy July 13-14, 2006, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Albany, New York. 

Bioethics and the New Federalism, panelist (with Sean Philpott, David Perlman, and David Magnus) at 8th Annual American Society of Bioethics and Humanities Denver Colorado, October 26-29, 2006. 

Disability and the End of Life Lobby, panelist (with Nina Kohn and Thaddeus Mason Pope) at the 30th Annual Health Law Teachers Conference, Baltimore Maryland, June 1-3 2006. 

Member, Institutional Review Board, Policy Research Associates, Delmar New York. The IRB reviews proposals for social science research, including research on children, juveniles in the justice system, and people with mental illness. 

Organizer of Albany Law School’s Health Law and Bioethics Faculty Workshop series, which brings together faculty from 14 institutions two or three times a semester to discuss works in progress and recently published material. 

Lead Counsel, Law Professors’ amicus brief, filed in New York Court of Appeals on behalf of appellants seeking right to marry same-sex partners in Hernandez v. Robles. (One hundred and thirty two New York Law professors joined the brief). 

Editor-in-Chief, Chair of the Board of Editors, NEW YORK LEGAL HISTORY (peer-reviewed journal published by the Historical Society of the Courts of the State of New York). 2003-2006.

“Life, Death, and the U.S. Supreme Court,” half-day workshop presented to Connecticut’s High School History Teachers as part of the Connecticut Urban Consortium for Teaching United States Constitutional History, July 14, 2006.

Importing Illegal Pharmaceuticals, session chair (panel included Kevin Outterson and Bryan A. Liang), Albany Journal of Science and Technology Symposium, February 20, 2006. 

Ethical Issues in Flu Pandemic, lecture, Regional Preparedness Center (200+ attendees), State of New York University, School of Public Health (June 2005).

Disability and the End of Life, lecture, Gilvary Symposium, University of Dayton School of Law (October 22, 2005).




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