Faculty Profiles

Ani B. Satz

Ani B. Satz

Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise

Health Law, Disability Law, Law and Philosophy, Animal Law, Torts

Curriculum Vitae

Assistant: Daniel Kim

Ani B. Satz, a regulatory health lawyer and philosopher, is an expert in health and disability law, policy, and ethics. Professor Satz's work addresses some of the most important legal, social, and ethical issues of our time, including access to health care services, medical privacy, fragmentation in health care delivery, patient choice, and disability accommodation and discrimination in health care and beyond.

Professor Satz is Project Leader of the Health Law, Policy & Ethics Project, and, in addition to her Law School appointment, is a Professor of Health, Policy & Management at the Rollins School of Public Health, a Senior Faculty Fellow at the Center for Ethics, and an Affiliated Professor at the Goizueta Business School. She has taught ten different courses at Emory and currently teaches Health Law, Torts, and a seminar on Animal Law. Her research and teaching are united around a central theme of the legal response to vulnerability and governmental obligations to promote well-being for both human and non-human animals.

Professor Satz's most recent scholarship examines the role of regulation in shaping health care outcomes, guarding the medical privacy of injured workers, and protecting animals used in exhibition or experimentation or bred for commercial sale. Her work has appeared in books, peer-reviewed journals, and law reviews. Her scholarship is published in journals including the Michigan Law Review,Emory Law Journal,Washington Law Review,Washington & Lee Law Review, and Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics. Professor Satz and her research have been featured by Time Magazine, CNN, National Public Radio, TheChristian Science Monitor, The Huffington Post, and other media outlets.

Professor Satz was a Fulbright Postgraduate Research Scholar at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, after graduating Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Tulsa. She holds a JD from the University of Michigan School of Law and a PhD in philosophy from Monash University, which she completed while a fellow at Princeton University. Before coming to Emory, Professor Satz lectured at Yale University in the Philosophy Department and the Ethics, Politics and Economics Program, as well as at Monash University Medical School. She also clerked for the Honorable Jane R. Roth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Professor Satz is Immediate Past-Chair of the Section on Animal Law and served as 2014 Chair of the Section on Law, Medicine and Health Care and 2009 Chair of the Section on Disability Law of the Association of American Law Schools. She was a visiting professor at Georgetown University Law Center Fall 2010.

In 2016, Professor Satz became an elected member of the American Law Institute.

Education: JD, University of Michigan; PhD, Monash University (completed at Princeton University); BA (Hons.), University of Tulsa


Journal Articles and Book Chapters

"Without Work and Medical Privacy: HIPAA’s Privacy Rule, Workers’ Compensation, and 'Symbiotic Federalism,'” Emory L. J. (forthcoming fall 2017)

"Animals as Living Accommodations," 24 Animal L. Rev. (forthcoming 2017) (symposium)

"Fragmentation After Health Care Reform," 15 Hous. J. Health L. & Pol'y 171 (2015) (symposium)

"Beastly Morality: Untangling Possibilities (Epilogue)" (with Lori Marino & Cynthia Willett), in Beastly Morality: Animals as Moral Agents (Jonathan K. Crane, ed., Columbia UP 2015)

"Vulnerability," in Keywords in Disability (Ben Reiss, Rachel Adams & Ben Serlin eds., NYU Press 2014)

"Animals as Vulnerable Subjects: Beyond Interest-Convergence, Hierarchy, and Property," in The Vulnerability Thesis: Rethinking the Legal Subject (Martha A. Fineman & Anna Grear eds., Ashgate 2013)

"Disability, Vulnerability, and Legal Fragmentation: Toward Accessing Education, Work, and Health Care," in Righting Educational Wrongs: Disability Studies in Law and Education (Arlene S. Kanter & Beth A. Ferri eds., Syracuse UP 2013)

"Fragmented Lives: Disability Discrimination and the Role of 'Environment-Framing,'" 68 Washington & Lee Law Review 187 (2011)

"Overcoming Fragmentation in Health and Disability Law," 60 Emory Law Journal 277 (2010) (symposium)

"Disability Discrimination After the ADA Amendments Act of 2008," 2010 Utah Law Review 983 (2010) (symposium)

"Animals as Vulnerable Subjects: Beyond Interest-Convergence, Hierarchy, and Property," 16 Animal Law Review 65 (2009)

  • Reprinted in Nusbaum and Law: Philosophers and Law (Robin West ed., Ashgate 2015)
  • Reprinted in International Research Group in Animal Law, The Animal, Within the Sphere of Humans’ Needs (Martine Lachance ed., 2010) [French and English volume]

"Disability, Vulnerability, and the Limits of Antidiscrimination," 83 Wash. L. Rev. 513 (2008) (symposium)

"The Limits of Health Care Reform," 59 Ala. L. Rev. 1451 (2008)

"Toward Solving the Health Care Crisis: The Paradoxical Case for Universal Access to High Technology," 8 Yale J. Health Pol’y, L. & Ethics 93 (2008)

"Would Rosa Parks Wear Fur? Toward a Nondiscrimination Approach to Animal Welfare," 1 J. Animal L. & Ethics 101 (2006)

"A Jurisprudence of Dysfunction: On the Role of Normal Species Functioning in Disability Analysis," 6 Yale J. Health Pol’y, L. & Ethics 221 (2006)

"The Case Against Assisted Suicide Reexamined," 100 Mich. L. Rev. 1380 (2002) (reviewing Kathleen Foley & Herbert Hendin eds., The Case Against Assisted Suicide: For the Right to End-of-Life Care (2002))

Opinions and Essays

"USDA Inspection Reports are Vital to Safeguard Animals," CNN.com, Feb. 20, 2017

"Gag the 'Ag-gag' Laws that Bar Undercover Recording of Cruelty to Farm Animals," Christian Science Monitor, July 5, 2013 Available here »

"Presidential Turkey Pardon: It's Time for This Thanksgiving Tradition to Go," Huffington PostNov. 21, 2012 Available here »

"Memorial Dedication to Stephanie Feldman Aleong," 34 Nova Law Review 583 (2010)

"A Not-So Protective Law: Genetic Screening Safeguard Creates Unforeseen Inequities, Difficulties," Atlanta Journal-Constitution, May 27, 2008, at A13

  • Reprinted in Noel Merino, Current Controversies: Human Genetics (CCHG-1) (2010)

Presentations

Panel, "Disability and Public Health Emergencies," Defining the Gap, Minding the Gap: Law and Practice in Public Health Emergencies, Emory Law Journal’s Thrower Symposium, Atlanta, Georgia (Feb. 2, 2017)

Panel (Moderator), Bridging the Gap, Minding the Gap: Law and Practice in Public Health Emergencies, Emory Law Journal’s Thrower Symposium, Atlanta, Georgia (Feb. 2, 2017)

Panel (Discussant), Health Law Works in Progress, Section on Law, Medicine & Health Care, Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California (Jan. 5, 2017)

Panel (Moderator), Animals as Living Accommodations, Section on Animal Law, Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California (Jan. 6, 2017)

Panel, "Animal Protection and the Myth of AWA Preemption," AWA Interaction with Other Laws, The Animal Welfare Act at Fifty, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts (Dec. 2, 2016)

Workshop Participant, "Animal Protection and the Myth of AWA Preemption," The Animal Welfare Act at Fifty, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts (Dec. 1, 2016)

Panel, "Without Work and Medical Privacy: HIPAA’s Privacy Rule, Workers’ Compensation, and the Challenges of Federalism," Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, Boca Raton, Florida (Aug. 2016)

Participant, Works in Progress, "Without Work and Medical Privacy: HIPAA’s Privacy Rule, Workers’ Compensation, and the Challenges of Federalism," Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, Boca Raton, Florida (Aug. 2016)

Panel (Discussant), Works in Progress: New Voices in Labor and Employment Law, Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, Boca Raton, Florida (Aug. 2016)

Speaker, "Animals as Vulnerable Subjects," Pawsitive Outreach, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia (Oct. 16, 2015) 

Panel (Discussant), Works in Progress: New Voices in Labor and Employment Law, Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, Boca Raton, Florida (July 31, 2015) 

Roundtable, "Disability Accommodations after the ADA’s 2008 Amendments," Current Issues in Accommodations Law, Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, Boca Raton, Florida (July 31, 2015) 

Panel, "Without Work and Medical Privacy: HIPAA’s Privacy Rule, Workers Compensation, and the Challenges of Federalism," Regulating Healthcare, Securing Access, Law & Society Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington (May 29, 2015) 

Panel (Discussant), "Law’s Promise for Disability Rights: Rethinking Justice, Equality, and Social Movements," Law & Society Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington (May 28, 2015) 

Panel (Moderator), Health Law Words in Progress, Section on Law, Medicine and Health Care, Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting, Washington, DC (January 3, 2015)

Panel, "HIPAA and Workers Compensation," Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, Amelia Island, Florida (August 1-2, 2014)

Panel, "Fragmentation after Health Care Reform," Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, Amelia Island, Florida (August 1-2, 2014)

Roundtable, "Hot Issues in Law and Bioethics," Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, Amelia Island, Florida (Aug. 2, 2014)

Panel, "Health Care Fragmentation after the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, ACA Implementation—Some Initial Observations and Critiques," Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, Amelia Island, Florida (Aug. 1, 2014)

Panel, "Health Care as Eugenics," Legal Influences on Bioethics, Patient Autonomy, and Inequality, Law & Society Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, Minnesota (May 29-June 1, 2014)

Panel (Discussant), Vulnerability and the Human Condition, Law & Society Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, Minnesota (May 29-June 1, 2014)

Guest Lecture, "Physician and Institutional Obligations to Provide Care," University Class: SICK, Emory University, Atlanta, GA (Mar. 20, 2014)

Disability Scholars Showcase, "Disability Discrimination," Disability Studies Program, Emory University, Atlanta, GA (Mar. 5, 2014)

Panel (Moderator), Program on Sustainability and Health, Section on Law, Medicine & Health Care, Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting, New York, N.Y. (Jan. 4, 2014) (participated remotely)

Media Appearances

Interview, WABE 90.1 FM (NPR), Morning Edition, June 17, 2015 (Lowe v.Atlas Logistics Group Retail Services, LLC

Interview, in Paige Parvin, "The Public Health Law Puzzle: In an Emergency, How Do the Pieces of Public Health Law Fit Together?" Emory Lawyer, Winter 2015, at 5-7 

Quote, in Animal Legal Defense Fund News Release, Animal Advocates Push Back Against State Attempt to Shut Down Historic Ag-Gag Lawsuit: Utah’s Controversial Law Stirs Public Criticism for Violating Freedom of Speech, Oct. 15, 2013 

Feature, "Constructing Legal Structures to Protect the Vulnerable," Emory Insights 6, Summer 2012

Interview, WGST 92.3 FM, May 23, 2012 (disability service animal case) 

Interview, in John Carey, "Cat Fight: The Uncertain Legal Status of Cats," in Conservation Magazine 37, Spring 2012