Headshot of Elizabeth Pendo, J.D.

Elizabeth Pendo, J.D.

Visiting Professor and Senior Scholar at the UCSF/UC Law SF Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy

Download CV


Professor Pendo earned her B.A. with Honors from UCLA, and a J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law. After graduation, she clerked at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and practiced at a litigation firm and in the Employee Benefits / ERISA group at MetLife in New York. She is a member of the State Bars of California and New York.

Professor Pendo is the Kellye Y. Testy Professor of Law and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Administration at the University of Washington School of Law. She is an expert in health law and policy, bioethics and the law, and disability law and theory. Her research uses a disability justice framework to study the impact of health care and antidiscrimination laws on outcomes and experiences of people with disabilities and other disadvantaged groups in order to promote equity and inclusion in health care systems, workplaces, and communities.  Professor Pendo has published over 50 law review articles, books, and other publications, and is one of the authors of a leading casebook, Health Law: Cases, Materials and Problems, 9th ed. (West).  For a full list of Professor Pendo’s research activities, teaching and service, you can see her CV at the link.


  • YWCA Leadership Award
    In recognition of leadership in the Saint Louis University community

  • Eileen H. Searls Service Award
    Given by the Saint Louis University School of Law Women Law Students’ Association

  • Women’s Justice Legal Scholar Award
    Awarded by the Saint Louis Daily Record