Michelle Oberman

Katharine and George Alexander Professor of Law

Professor Oberman is a nationally recognized scholar on the legal and ethical issues surrounding adolescence, pregnancy, and motherhood. She works at the intersection of health law and criminal law, focusing on domestic and international issues. Oberman is active in the academic community, lecturing on health law concerns to a wide variety of audiences, ranging from law school faculties to health care professionals to community-based interest groups.

Oberman received a Fulbright research grant to Chile for spring 2011. In addition to teaching in Valpariaso, she worked on issues pertaining to women’s reproductive health and the law. Her recent book, When Mothers Kill (2008), won the Outstanding Book Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Professor Oberman joined the Santa Clara University School of Law faculty in 2004.


J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1988

M.P.H., University of Michigan School of Public Health, 1988

B.A., Cornell University, 1983

Areas of Specialization

Health Law Concerns