Allison M. Whelan, JD, MA is a Sharswood Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. Her research encompasses medical, science, and social policy issues at the intersection of administrative law, health and FDA law, constitutional law, bioethics, public health preparedness, and social justice. In an era of political polarization and distrust, her work probes whether ethical norms and expectations related to public and individual health are best policed and enforced at the public or private level. She also explores how to use the administrative state to address distrust in public health institutions and inequalities in health care access and outcomes.
Previously, Whelan was an associate at Covington & Burling LLP in the firm’s Food, Drug, and Device Practice Group. She developed a particular focus and expertise advising clients that research and develop medical countermeasures for public health threats and built an extensive pro bono practice. Whelan clerked for the Honorable Guido Calabresi of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Honorable William J. Kayatta, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. She served as the inaugural senior fellow for the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy at the University of California, Irvine School of Law.
Whelan graduated, summa cum laude and Order of the Coif, from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2014. She also holds a Master’s in Bioethics from the University of Minnesota. She is the author of numerous law review articles and book chapters.