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Valerie Gutmann Koch

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law

Professor Koch's teaching and research interests focus on the issues arising at the intersection of law, medicine and ethics. Prior to joining IIT Chicago-Kent's faculty in 2012, Professor Koch was the senior attorney to the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law, the state's bioethics commission, which was established by Governor Mario Cuomo to advise on significant public policy issues. In this role, she contributed to the task force's recommendations relating to the conduct of human subjects research involving adults who lack full decisional capacity, the allocation of scarce resources in the event of a pandemic influenza outbreak, surrogate decision-making for health care, the determination of brain death, and organ donation. She also provided ethical and legal support to the Empire State Stem Cell Board. Professor Koch continues to provide her services to the task force on a consultant basis.

From 2009 to 2010, Professor Koch was a member of the research faculty at Seton Hall School of Law's Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy, where she co-authored two of the center's white papers. There, her work focused on direct-to-consumer genetic testing, conflicts of interest in clinical research, Medicare pharmaceutical benefits, and board oversight of health care quality. Following law school, Professor Koch was an associate in Kirkland & Ellis LLP's Washington, D.C., office.

Professor Koch earned her J.D. degree from Harvard Law School, where she was editor-in-chief for the recent developments section of the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics. In 2001, Professor Koch graduated magna cum laude with an A.B. from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs and Public Policy, with a focus in bioethics. While an undergraduate, she spent a summer working for Professor Lori Andrews as a research assistant in Chicago-Kent's Institute for Science, Law and Technology. In 2012, she was appointed to the ABA Special Committee on Bioethics and the Law.