Wendy E. Parmet, JD
Professor of Law
Northeastern University School of Law
United StatesProfessor Parmet is an expert on discrimination and health law, including the legal issues surrounding AIDS. She teaches Constitutional Law, Health Law, Bioethics, Disability Law and Federal Courts, and has published articles on discrimination and health law as well as AIDS law. Formerly an associate with the Boston firm of Hill & Barlow, Professor Parmet clerked with Chief Judge Levin H. Campbell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. She is a member of the board of directors of Health Law Advocates, and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics.
In 1998, Professor Parmet acted as co-counsel in Abbot v. Bragdon, the first AIDS/HIV case to come before the U.S. Supreme Court under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Professor Parmet's client, Sidney Abbott, had been refused treatment by her dentist when she revealed her HIV-positive status, although she was asymptomatic. The high court said that because Abbott was infected with HIV, she was entitled to the protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act.