Karen H. Rothenberg, J.D., MPA


Law School Dean and Marjorie C
University of Maryland School of Law
Baltimore,Maryland
United States

B.A., 1973, M.P.A., 1974, Princeton University; J.D., 1979, University of Virginia. Professor Rothenberg formerly practiced with the Washington D.C. law firm of Covington and Burling and has worked with a variety of health and medical organizations.

She served as president of the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics, as a member of the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Legal and Ethical Issues Relating to the Inclusion of Women in Clinical Studies, and on a number of NIH panels on prenatal care, the recruitment and retention of women in clinical studies, and the ethical, legal and social implications of genetics.

She has also served as co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics and as a member of the National Advisory Board on Ethics in Reproduction. She is currently serving on the National Action Plan for Breast Cancer, the American Bar Association's Coordinating Group on Bioethics and the Law, and on the Advisory Council to the National Institute of Child & Human Development.

Professor Rothenberg has written numerous articles on AIDS, women's health, genetics, right to forego treatment, emergency care, and the new reproductive technologies, and lectures extensively on legal issues in health care. She has co-edited with Elizabeth Thompson a book entitled, Women and Prenatal Testing: Facing the Challenges of Genetic Technology.

She recently completed a series of studies on legislative approaches to genetic information in both the health insurance and workplace contexts which were published in Science, as well as an extensive research project on the evolution from exclusion to inclusion of women in clinical research.

Prior to becoming the Dean, Professor Rothenberg was the Director of the Law School's Law and Health Care Program. From September 1995 through May 1996, she was on leave as Special Assistant to the Director, Office of Research on Women's Health, National Institutes of Health. She is the 1996 recipient of the Joseph Healey Health Law Teachers Award presented by the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics.