Commencement

2019 ISG Graduation Ceremony
Saturday, June 15th, 2019
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Palisades Ballroom at Carnesale Commons

(For more information related to the general UCLA College Commencement click here.)

Keynote Address by Debra Greenfield

Debra Greenfield is an attorney and for several years, an Adjunct Assistant Professor with the UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics. She worked on cutting edge cases involving law and biotechnology and has been a member of the ABA Subcommittee on Assisted Reproduction and Genetics, the Los Angeles County Bar Association Bioethics Committee, and a member of the Bioethics Committee at Cedars-Sinai Hospital. Ms. Greenfield taught various undergraduate courses in conjunction with the Institute as well as the major and minor programs which concerned legal rights in the biotech age; was involved in legal cases and the development of legislation concerning those issues that had arisen; and advocated in the area of both reproductive technologies as well as privacy in the age of genetics.

Ms. Greenfield published in both legal and bioethics journals including the Hastings Center Report, the Annals of Health Law (health law journal of Loyola University, Chicago), and the magazine GeneWatch; an article published in the Santa Clara Computer and High Technology Law Journal dealt specifically with the nature and patenting of human genetic material. She worked for several years with Professor Lori B. Andrews and the ACLU in helping to develop the legal case regarding this issue and authored Briefs of Amici Curiae in support of the plaintiffs in both the Federal Circuit and U. S. Supreme Court case, Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics. The case was decided in 2013 in a unanimous decision with the Court disallowing the practice. Ms. Greenfield advocated for women’s health as a co-founding member of the Pro-Choice Alliance for Responsible Research, a group of progressive women’s health activists involved as active public commentators on the workings of the CA stem cell agency, and aided CA legislators in the passage of Senate Bill 1260, a law protecting egg providers from stem cell cloning research.

Still believing in the power of the media to effect social change; Ms. Greenfield recently resumed her former film career, and is working to produce a film about internet activist Aaron Swartz, as well as producing a television series based upon novelist Joyce Carol Oates work, A Book of American Martyrs, an examination of the tragic implications of the abortion debate.

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