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Professor Ikemoto Elected to American Law Institute

News Posted on July 9, 2021

Professor Lisa Ikemoto has been elected to the American Law Institute. The nation’s most prestigious non-governmental legal-reform organization, the institute oversees projects that often form the basis of laws and become standards cited in judges’ opinions, legal briefs and scholarly articles.

A UC Davis Law alumna from the class of 1987, Ikemoto returned to King Hall as part of the faculty in 2006, after serving on the faculties of Loyola Law School and the Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

A Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of Law at UC Davis, Ikemoto teaches bioethics, health care law, public health law, reproductive rights, law & policy, and marital property. 

Her research areas include reproductive rights and justice, health care disparities, and science, technology and law. More specifically, she focuses on the ways that race, gender, disability, and wealth mediate access to and impacts of biomedical technology use and health care. 

Ikemoto’s leading-edge scholarship on race and health care includes the influential 2003 article “Racial Disparities in Health Care and Cultural Competency” (Saint Louis University Law Journal). In May 2020, as COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on communities of color became starkly apparent, Ikemoto offered important insights in a presentation for UC Davis’ College of Biological Sciences.

Ikemoto’s recent work addresses reprogenetic technology markets, the role of provider religious exemptions in health care inequality, eugenics, and reproductive tourism. 

In addition to writing for leading law reviews and journals and other academic publications, Ikemoto has written for Ms. Magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle. In January 2021, she was interviewed extensively on CBS’ 60 Minutes about the potential downsides for consumers who upload their genetic information to genealogy websites.

Ikemoto has faculty affiliations with the Aoki Center for Race and Nation Studies, the UC Davis Health System Bioethics Program, and the UC Davis Feminist Research Institute and Religious Studies Department. 

Ikemoto holds an LL.M. degree from Columbia Law School, a J.D. from UC Davis Law and a B.A. from UCLA.

UC Davis Law now counts 22 faculty members and emeriti in the ALI, which caps total membership at 3,000. The others are Dean Kevin R. Johnson, Senior Associate Dean Afra Afsharipour, Professors Raquel Aldana, Ashutosh Bhagwat, Gabriel “Jack” Chin, William Dodge, Christopher Elmendorf, Elizabeth Joh, Thomas Joo, Courtney Joslin, Lisa Pruitt, and Leticia Saucedo, and Professors Emeriti Alan Brownstein, Carol Bruch, Joel Dobris, Daniel Fessler, Angela Harris, Robert Hillman, John Oakley, Edward Rabin and Daniel Simmons.