Elizabeth Pendo

  • Senior Associate Dean for Academic Administration
  • Kellye Y. Testy Professor of Law


Phone: (206) 616-6599
Email: ependo@uw.edu


B.A. with Honors, UCLA J.D., UC Berkeley School of Law

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Affordable Care Act — Bioethics — Disability and Mental Health Law — Health Care Law — Health Law Ethics

Elizabeth Pendo, J.D., is the Kellye Y. Testy Professor of Law and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Administration at the University of Washington School of Law.  She also serves as a member of the executive council of the UW Population Health Initiative.

Professor Pendo is an expert in disability law and theory, health law and policy, and bioethics and the law, and a specialist on the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Affordable Care Act, disability health equity, and legal obligations of providers, institutions, insurers, and employers under anti-discrimination laws. Her research appears in high-impact interdisciplinary publications including Health Affairs, NEJM, Yale Journal of Health Policy and Ethics, Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, and The Hastings Center Report, and in leading law reviews including Wake Forest Law Review, Utah Law Review, Arizona State Law Journal, and UC Davis Law Review. She is also a co-author of the influential casebook, Health Law: Cases, Materials and Problems, 9th ed. (West).  

Professor Pendo engages in collaborative, interdisciplinary work designed to improve health and well-being for people with disabilities and other marginalized populations. She participates in policy advising with federal agencies and advocacy groups, and her work recently was cited by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in proposed federal regulations. Professor Pendo was also commissioned as the lead author of a report on the role of law in promoting health and well-being for people with disabilities for the Healthy People 2020 Law and Health Policy Project, a partnership between the HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, the CDC, and the CDC Foundation funded through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

As Senior Associate Dean for Academic Administration, Professor Pendo brings a breadth of experience to her work with students, faculty, staff, and university and community partners. She has been active in national legal and academic organizations, including as an elected member of the American Law Institute, a Fellow of the ABA, Chair of the AALS Section on Law, Medicine and Health Care, and through service on the ABA Commission on Disability Rights.

Prior to joining the faculty at UW Law in 2023, Professor Pendo was a member of the faculty at Saint Louis University School of Law and its top-ranked Center for Health Law Studies (ranked #1 for 16 of the prior 17 years). After graduating from UCLA and UC Berkeley School of Law, Professor Pendo clerked at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and practices as an associate at Reboul, MacMurray, Hewitt & Maynard (later merged with Ropes & Gray) and in the legal department of MetLife in New York.  She is a member of the State Bars of California and New York.

Peer Reviewed Journals & Law Reviews

Books or Treatises

Book Chapters

Professional Publications

  • Panelist, "Healthcare Equity from a Voter’s Lens", Loyola University Chicago School of Law (November 7, 2023)
  • Speaker, "Engaging Disability Rights Law to Address Intersectional Harms", University of Washington School of Law (October 20, 2023)
  • Speaker, "Reconceptualizing Health Law Toward Health Equity", Brocher Foundation (July 6, 2023)
  • Panelist, "The State of Equitable Care for Persons with Disabilities: Fifty Years after Civil Rights Laws", ADA National Network Learning Session, Pacific ADA Center (February 23, 2023)
  • Speaker, "The Impact of Long COVID in the Health Care Workplace", SLULAW Health Law Association and Employment Law Association (February 16, 2023)
  • Speaker, "Engaging Disability Laws to Improve Educational Outcomes for Students with Neurological Conditions", California Institute on Law, Neuroscience and Education, UC Law San Francisco (January 27, 2023)
  • Panelist, "Health Care Through the Lens of Health Equity", American University Washington College of Law, Medicine & Ethics (January 27, 2023)
  • Speaker, "Engaging Disability Rights Law to Address Harms at Intersection of Race, Disability and SUD", UC Law San Francisco (January 25, 2023)
  • Speaker, "Engaging Disability Rights Law to Address Harms at Intersection of Race, Disability and SUD", University of Washington School of Law (January 17, 2023)
  • Panelist, "Reimagining Law and Policy Affecting Individuals with Substance Use Disorders", AALS Annual Meeting, (January 6, 2023)
  • Panelist, "Disability Health Justice", Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy, Yale Law School (November 8, 2022)