Jennifer D. Oliva

Affiliated Scholar and Visiting Professor of Law


Professor Oliva’s research and teaching interests include health law and policy, privacy law, evidence, torts, and complex litigation. She has served as an invited peer reviewer for the American Journal of Public Health, Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics, American Journal of Law & Medicine, Journal of Law and the Biosciences, and Big Data & Society and her scholarship has been published by or is forthcoming in, among other publications, the California Law ReviewDuke Law JournalNorthwestern University Law ReviewUCLA Law ReviewNorth Carolina Law Review, Ohio State Law Journal, George Mason Law Review, and online companions to the University of Chicago Law Review and New York University Law Review.

Professor Oliva is a United States Army veteran who serves as Senior Scholar at Georgetown Law’s O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law and on the Science & Policy Advisory Council of the National Pain Advocacy Center. She is an honors graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a Public Interest Law Scholar and Executive Notes & Comments Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. Prior to attending law school, Professor Oliva earned her masters degree from the University of Oxford and undergraduate degree from the United States Military Academy. While a cadet at West Point, she was selected for the Rhodes and Truman Scholarships. After law school, Professor Oliva served as a federal appellate law clerk to the Honorable Stephanie K. Seymour on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and the Honorable Thomas L. Ambro on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Professor Oliva has earned numerous awards for her scholarship, teaching, and service. She was selected as a 2019 Wiet Life Science Law Scholar by the Loyola University Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy and a 2020 Health Law Scholar by the Saint Louis University Center for Health Law Studies and the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics. Professor Oliva was the recipient of the 2021 Health Law Community Service Award from the AALS Section on Law, Medicine, and Health Care and the Harry S. Truman Foundation honored her with the 2019 Truman Scholarship Foundation Ike Skelton Award for her commitment to public service.

Prior to joining the faculty at UC Law SF, Professor Oliva served as the Associate Dean for Faculty Research & Development and Director of the Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law at Seton Hall University School of Law where she was selected as the law school’s 2021 Professor of the Year (Paula Franzese Excellence in Teaching Award) and 2022 Faculty Researcher of the Year. She also spent the Spring 2019 semester as a visiting research scholar at The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School.

Selected Scholarship

  • Warrantying Health Equity (with Heather Payne)
    70 UCLA L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2023)

  • Policing Pregnancy “Crimes” (with Valena Beety)
    98 N.Y.U. L. Rev. Online (forthcoming 2023)

  • Pregnant Women and Opioid Use Disorder: The Legal Landscape for Controlling Women’s Reproductive Health, (with Lynn M. Madden et al.)
    47 Am. J.L. & Med. __ (forthcoming 2022)

  • Ruan v. United States: A Critical Analysis, (with Kelly K. Dineen) (invited contribution)
    19 Ohio St. J. Criminal L. __ (forthcoming 2022)

  • The Influence of White Exceptionalism on Drug War Discourse, (with Taleed El-Sabawi) (invited contribution)
    93 Temple L. Rev. 649

  • Dosing Discrimination: Regulating PDMP Risk Scores
    110 Cal. L. Rev. 47

  • Strengthening Systems of Care for People with or at risk for HIV, HCV, and Opioid Use Disorder: A Call for Enhanced Data Collection, (with Anthony Eller et al.)
    54 Annals of Medicine 1714

  • Public Health Surveillance in the Context of COVID-19
    18 Ind. Health L. Rev. 107

  • Policing Opioid Use Disorder in a Pandemic
    U. Chicago L. Rev. Online

  • Prescription Drug Policing: The Right to Health Information Privacy Pre- and Post-Carpenter
    69 Duke L. J. 775

  • Representing Veterans
    73 Smu L. Rev. F. 103

  • Vulnerable Populations in the Context of COVID-19: Forward to the Arizona State Law Journal Online Symposium, (with Valena Elizabeth Beety)
    2 Ariz. St. L.J. Online 69

  • Evidence on Fire, (lead article) (with Valena Elizabeth Beety)
    97 N.C. L. Rev. 483

  • Opioid Multidistrict Litigation Secrecy
    80 Ohio State L. J. 663

  • Regulating Bite Mark Evidence: Lesbian Vampires and Other Myths of Forensic Odontology
    94 Wash L. Rev. 1769

  • Foreword to the West Virginia Law Review Appalachian Justice Symposium: Essays on Appalachia
    120 W. Va. L. Rev. 757

  • Son of Sam, Service-Connected Entitlements, and Disabled Veteran Prisoners,
    25 Geo. Mason. L. Rev. 302

  • Discovering Forensic Fraud, (with Valena Elizabeth Beety)
    112 Nw. U. L. Rev. 121