Co-Dean and Professor of Law
Kimberly Mutcherson
Camden Campus
217 N 5th St
Camden, NJ 08102

Kimberly Mutcherson is an award-winning professor whose scholarship focuses on reproductive justice, bioethics, and family and health law. She has presented her scholarship nationally and internationally and publishes extensively on assisted reproduction, families, and the law. She was a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics and the Columbia Law School Center for Gender and Sexuality Law.

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Professor Mutcherson teaches courses on bioethics and the law, torts, family law, and South African constitutional law. She is a reproductive justice scholar whose work focuses on issues at the intersection of health law, bioethics, and family law with a particular interest in assisted reproduction. Her writing has appeared in the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, Harvard Journal of Law & Gender (on-line), Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, Nevada Law Journal, Minnesota Law Review Headnotes, and Yale Journal of Law and Feminism. Professor Mutcherson has spoken nationally and internationally on topics related to reproductive technologies, reproductive justice, bioethics, abortion, and health law.

Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty in 2002, she served as a Kirkland & Ellis Fellow at the HIV Law Project (HLP), where she continued to work as a staff attorney when her fellowship year ended. At HLP, she focused on impact litigation and policy work for underrepresented populations including women, low-income gay, lesbian and transgender individuals, and injection drug users.  After leaving HLP, Professor Mutcherson was an acting assistant professor of lawyering at the New York University School of Law, where she taught legal research, writing, and other legal skills to first-year law students. 

Professor Mutcherson is an associate with the Center for Children and Childhood Studies at Rutgers–Camden and, in 2006-07, was a fellow with the Rutgers Institute for Research on Women/Institute for Women's Leadership Interdisciplinary Seminar on Health and Bodies. She has served as a board member for the Women's Law Project in Philadelphia (2005-2010) and a member of the Loan Repayment Assistance Program Advisory Board at R-Law since 2005. She is a faculty advisor for OutLaws, Rutgers' association for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender law students and the Black Law Students Association. During fall 2007, she was a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics and during spring 2013, she was a visiting scholar and senior fellow at the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School. She received the Center for Reproductive Rights Innovation in Scholarship Award in 2013, the Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award in 2011, and the Women’s Law Caucus Faculty Appreciation Award in 2011 & 2014.


No Way to Treat a Woman: Creating an Appropriate Standard for Resolving Medical Treatment Disputes Involving HIV-Positive Children, Harvard Women's Law Journal (spring 2002). 

Whose Body Is It Anyway? An Updated Model of Healthcare Decision-Making Rights for Adolescents, Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy (summer 2005). 

Minor Discrepancies: Forging a Common Understanding of Adolescent Competence in Healthcare Decision-making and Criminal Responsibility, Nevada Law Journal (summer 2006). 

Making Mommies: Law, Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis, and the Complications of Pre-Motherhood, Columbia Journal of Gender and Law (spring 2009)

Disabling Dreams of Parenthood:  The Fertility Industry, Anti-discrimination, and Parents with Disabilities (Law and Inequality:  A Journal of Theory and Practice, summer 2009)

What’s Love Got to Do with It? (Conversations on a Pregnant Man)  (Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, fall 2010)

Unsexing Care: Beyond Gendered Parenting Terms- A Response to Darren Rosenblum’s Unsex Mothering (Harvard Journal of Law & Gender on-line colloquium, winter 2012).

In Defense of Future Children: A Response to Cohen’s Beyond Best Interests (Minnesota Law Review Headnotes- on-line forum, spring 2012).

Welcome to the Wild West:  Protecting Access to Cross Border Fertility Care in the United States (Cornell Journal of Law & Public Policy, 2013)

Transformative Reproduction (The Journal of Gender, Race & Justice, winter 2013).

Open Fertility Borders:  Defending Access to Cross Border Fertility Care in the United States (chapter in anthology on Globalizing Healthcare- Oxford University Press, 2013).

How Parents Are Made: A Response to Discrimination in Baby Making: The Unconstitutional Treatment of Prospective Parents through Surrogacy (Indiana Law Journal, fall 2013)

Beyond Roe: Imagining the Future of Scholarship on Reproduction (Women’s Rights Law Reporter, spring/summer 2014).

Procreative Pluralism (Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice, winter 2015).

 Reproductive Technologies (entry in The Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality –Wiley-Blackwell, 2015).

 Blood and Water in a Post-Coital World (Family Law Quarterly, spring 2015)

 When is an Abortion Not an Abortion? (Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, summer 2015).

Procreative Rights in a Post-coital World (chapter in Oxford Handbook of Reproductive Ethics, winter 2016).

Roe v. Wade (re-written) (appearing in Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Opinions of the United States Supreme Court (Cambridge University Press, summer 2016).

Reproductive surrogates, risk, and the desire for genetic parenthood (Journal of Law and Biosciences, summer 2016).

Things That Money Can Buy: Reproductive Justice and the International Market for Gestational Surrogacy (North Carolina Journal of International Law, fall 2017).

Reproductive Rights without Resources or Recourse (Hastings Center Report, fall 2018)



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