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Margaret F. Riley

Unit: School of Law
Department: School of Law
Office location and address
580 Massie Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
J.D. Columbia University School of Law 1985
A.B. Duke University 1981

Margaret (Mimi) Foster Riley teaches food and drug law, health law, animal law, bioethics, regulation of clinical research and public health law.

Riley has written and presented extensively about health care law, biomedical research, genetics, reproductive technologies, stem cell research, animal biotechnology, health disparities and chronic disease. She serves as chair of UVA's Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee and as legal advisor to the Health Sciences Institutional Review Board, which is responsible for reviewing all human subject research at UVA involving medically invasive procedures. She served on the National Research Council Committee on Revisions to the Common Rule for the Protection of Human Subjects and has advised numerous committees of the Institute of Medicine and the Virginia Bar.

Before coming to Virginia, Riley was an associate with Pepper Hamilton & Scheetz in Philadelphia, where she worked primarily in complex securities, commercial and mass tort litigation. Prior to that position, she was a litigation associate with Rogers & Wells in New York. Riley received her law degree from Columbia University and her bachelor of arts from Duke University.

LAW 7034: Food and Drug Law
Credits: 3
This course considers the Food and Drug Administration as a case study of an administrative agency that must combine law and science to regulate activities affecting public health and safety.
LAW 7039: Topics in Health Care Reform
Credits: 3
The health care system in the United States is probably the most complex in the world. Measuring its successes and failures can be tracked to four simple outcomes: access, affordability, quality and choice. This class will deeply explore the reforms being considered by politicians and health care policy experts.
LAW 7080: Health Law Survey
Credits: 3–4
This course is designed to provide a survey of the spectrum of topics generally considered part of "health law." It will introduce the various institutions and players involved in health care delivery and the legal relationships between those institutions--at both the state and federal level.
LAW 7192: Law and Ethics of Biotechnology
Credits: 3
This class will be a survey of the legal and ethical issues in biotechnology and related emerging technologies. Will include some issues being considered by NIH's NExTRAC.
LAW 7690: Health Care Marketplace: Competition, Regulation, and Reform (SC)
Credits: 1
This short course will examine salient features of the legal and economic framework in which we provide medical care in the United States.
LAW 8804: FT Externship: Directed Study
Credits: 3
This directed study is one part of a two-part full-time externship combining academic study and work experience under the supervision of a faculty member and an educational, charitable, governmental or nonprofit host organization.
LAW 8810: Directed Research
Credits: 1
Eligible students receive credit for serving as research assistants supervised by selected law school faculty members.
LAW 8814: Independent Research (YR)
This course is the first semester of a yearlong independent research project resulting in a substantial research paper supervised and graded by a selected law school faculty member.
LAW 8815: Independent Research (YR)
Credits: 2
This course is the second semester of a yearlong independent research project resulting in a substantial research paper supervised and graded by a selected law school faculty member.
LAW 9022: Lessons From COVID-19
Credits: 3
This seminar will explore the regulatory and policy lessons to be learned from our experience with the COVID-19 pandemic. We will examine efforts to forestall the next pandemic and how our pandemic experience has changed social and scientific dimensions of medicine. We will hear from some of the experts who have been at the center of some of these issues.
LAW 9040: Animal Law
Credits: 3
This seminar will explore the legal issues pertaining to animals, the laws that govern their treatment, as well as a number of topics that fall within the general headings "animal law" and "animal rights." We will examine the historical and philosophical treatment of animals, and how those views impact the way law currently governs treatment and use of animals.
LAW 9258: Environmental Ethics
Credits: 3
This seminar introduces students to major figures and frameworks in environmental ethics, including ecocentric and biocentric theories; consequentialism (including economic approaches); rights-based approaches, including environmental justice, the rights of animals, the rights of nature, and the argument among them; virtue ethics; religious perspectives; and relationships among law, philosophy and culture.