Nicole Huberfeld, JD
Edward R Utley Professor in Health Law
Boston University School of Public Health
Health Law, Policy & Management
Center for Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights

JD, Seton Hall University
BA, University of Pennsylvania

Nicole Huberfeld is Edward R. Utley Professor of Health Law at BU School of Law and School of Public Health, where she is faculty in the Health Law Program and Co-Director of the BU Program on Reproductive Justice. Her research studies the intersection of health law and constitutional law, often focusing on federalism while studying the needs of vulnerable populations in health reform, Medicaid, and reproductive rights. She is co-author of two leading health law casebooks: The Law of American Health Care, with Elizabeth Weeks (University of Georgia School of Law), Kevin Outterson (Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Law, Executive Director of CARB-X), and Matt Lawrence (Associate Professor of Law at Emory School of Law) (3d edition 2023). She also is coauthor of Public Health Law, 3d Ed. (with Mariner, Annas & Ulrich, 2019) (4th edition forthcoming). She has authored many book chapters, national and international law journal articles, peer-reviewed articles, and commentaries, appearing in publications such as Stanford Law Review, Harvard Law & Policy Review, Boston College Law Review, Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law & Ethics, University of Chicago Law Review, Boston University Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, U.C. Davis Law Review, Health Affairs, JAMA, and New England Journal of Medicine. Her work has been cited in judicial opinions by the U.S. Supreme Court, lower federal courts, state courts, and federal and state executive agencies. Nicole also serves as Research Director for the Uniform Law Commission’s Joint Editorial Board on Health Law.

She has been interviewed by media such as The Washington Post, New York Times, NPR, Congressional Quarterly, Huffington Post, National Law Journal, Mother Jones, Law 360, Politico, Vice News, Newsweek, Time, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, and Univision.

In 2019, Huberfeld won the Excellence in Teaching Award for teaching in the Core at BU School of Public Health. In 2021, she was nominated for the Melton Teaching Award at BU Law, and in 2022 & 2023 she was nominated for the Petit Teaching Award at BU Law.

Prior to joining the BU faculty, Huberfeld taught courses on constitutional law, health care organizations and finance, bioethical issues in the law, and health law and policy at the University of Kentucky College of Law and College of Medicine. Huberfeld won the College of Law Duncan Teaching Award in 2008. Previously, she taught at Seton Hall University School of Law as well as created and directed the health care compliance certification program at SHU Law. She also practiced health law in New York and New Jersey before entering academia.

Boston University School of Law

Boston University
Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research

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  1. Nicole Huberfeld. High Stakes, Bad Odds: Health Laws and the Revived Federalism Revolution. U.C. DAVIS L. REV. 2023; 57:977-1058.
  2. Ahmed A, Huberfeld N, McClain LC. INTRODUCTION: Securing Reproductive Justice After Dobbs. J Law Med Ethics. 2023; 51(3):463-467. PMID: 38088627
  3. Nicole Huberfeld & Linda C. McClain. The Conversation. Abortion rights victories show this issue is unlikely to fade in 2024 elections - 3 things to know. 2023.
  4. Gordon SH, Cole MB, Huberfeld N. Georgia Pathways-Partial Medicaid Expansion With Work Requirements and Premiums. JAMA. 2023 Oct 03; 330(13):1225-1226.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37713204; DOI: 10.1001/jama.2023.15811;
  5. Shafer PR, Lim K, Goutos D, Huberfeld N, Benitez JA, Hsu KS, Raifman JR. Making pandemic era Medicaid continuous coverage automatic in future crises. Health Serv Res. 2023 Dec; 58(6):1157-1160.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37706551; PMCID: PMC10622290; DOI: 10.1111/1475-6773.14225;
  6. Huberfeld N. Private Actions to Protect Medicaid Live to See Another Day. JAMA. 2023 Aug 01; 330(5):411-412. PMID: 37351880
  7. Gregory Curfman & Nicole Huberfeld. Public Health Messages And The First Amendment: Graphic Warning Labels Struck Down. HEALTH AFFAIRS FOREFRONT. 2023.
  8. Huberfeld N. Medicaid, the Supreme Court, and Safe Care for Nursing Home Residents. JAMA. 2023 Jan 03; 329(1):17-18. PMID: 36484994; DOI: 10.1001/jama.2022.22762;
  9. Nicole Huberfeld. A Win with the Status Quo for Social Programs. ACS Blog: Expert Forum. 2023. View Publication
  10. Nicole Huberfeld. The End of Public Health? It’s Not Dead Yet. Harvard Law Bill of Health. 2023.
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Reasons to Be Optimistic about 2024 (Seriously)

BU Today 1/23/2024

Map: Where you can get birth control from a pharmacist without a doctor's prescription

NBC News 7/11/2023

One Year after Roe v. Wade Was Overturned, What’s the State of Abortion Care in the United States?

BU Today 6/21/2023

In the year since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and ruled states should decide the legality of abortion, voters at the state level have been doing just that: 4 essential reads

The Conversation 6/12/2023

Supreme Court Upholds FDA Approval of Mifepristone: What’s Next?

BU Today 4/24/2023

White House Urgently Warns Radical Abortion Pill Ruling May Upend Everyone’s Medicine

HuffPost 4/13/2023

Judge’s Ruling to Invalidate Abortion Pill Ruling Could Impact Other FDA-Approved Drugs

BU Today 4/11/2023

The Court Battle Over Abortion Pills Has Come to a Head

The Cut 4/7/2023

The Future of Abortion Pills Is on the Line

The Cut 2/3/2023

50 Years After Roe v. Wade, What Do the Next 50 Years Look Like?

BU Today 1/26/2023

The FDA Just Changed Its Rules on the Abortion Pill. What Does That Actually Mean?

Vice 1/4/2023

Abortion Rights Tops Biden To-Do List Even Without Congress

Bloomberg Law 11/14/2022

Timelapse Shows What Happens During Pregnancy in the First 9 Weeks

Newsweek 11/12/2022

Roe overturned: What you need to know about the Supreme Court abortion decision

The Conversation 6/24/2022

Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade, Ending 50 Years of Abortion Rights

BU Today 6/24/2022

LGBTQ Couples’ IVF Hopes Hinge on New Infertility Definition

Bloomberg Law 5/17/2022

Overturning Roe v. Wade could impact ‘other civil rights and other intimate relationships,’ says BU law professor

WGBH 5/3/2022

BU Celebrates Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Rise to US Supreme Court

BU Today 4/7/2022

Health-Care Access at Risk in High Court LGBT Foster Care Case

Bloomberg 3/24/2021

Biden’s HHS Nominee Becerra to Clash With Religious Right

Bloomberg 2/22/2021

New BU Lab Studies Medicaid, Where Racism, Poverty, and COVID-19 Meet

BU Today 2/17/2021

‘Repeal and replace’ is dead. Republicans can’t figure out what comes next.

Politico 2/16/2021

How Will Amy Coney Barrett’s Confirmation to the Supreme Court Impact Public Health?

BU Today 10/30/2020

Once Appointed, US Supreme Court Justices Have a Job for Life, But Should They?

Voice of America 10/24/2020

If Democrats Can, Should They Pack US Supreme Court?

Voice of America 10/20/2020

Coronavirus Crisis Stirs Fresh Debate Over Medicaid Work Rules

Bloomberg 4/21/2020

A New Obamacare Test Looms for Chief Justice Roberts (Corrected)

Bloomberg Law 3/3/2020

Medicaid Block Grant Policy Could Face High Legal Hurdles

Bloomberg Law 1/28/2020

Here’s why experts say the judge in the ACA case went too far

The Boston Globe 12/18/2018
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Health Care Reform
Women's Health
Vulnerable Populations
Federal Government
Reproductive Justice
Constitutional Law
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