A.B., Hamilton College
J.D., Albany Law School
Editor-in-Chief, Albany Law Review
Alicia Ouellette is the 18th President and Dean of Albany Law School.
As a leader in legal education, Dean Ouellette has championed the value of law schools as drivers of change in communities, society, and the lives of students and graduates. As President and Dean, she has presided over Albany Law School’s execution of a new strategic plan, fulfillment of an institutional affiliation with the University at Albany, expansion into online graduate programs, and launch of a record-setting fundraising campaign, We Rise Together: The Campaign for Albany Law School.
Prior to her appointment as President and Dean, she served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Intellectual Life and a Professor of Law. Before joining the law school in 2001, Dean Ouellette was an Assistant Solicitor General in the New York State Attorney General’s Office and a law clerk to the Honorable Howard A. Levine at the New York Court of Appeals.
As a scholar, Dean Ouellette focuses on health law, disability rights, family law, children’s rights, and human reproduction. Her book, BIOETHICS AND DISABILITY: TOWARD A DISABILITY CONSCIOUS BIOETHICS, was published in 2011 by Cambridge University Press. She has authored numerous articles published in academic journals such as the American Journal of Law and Medicine, American Journal of Bioethics, Nevada Law Journal, Hastings Law Journal, Indiana Law Journal, and Oregon Law Review.
She has presented to distinguished audiences around the globe, including at the Yale School of Medicine and the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.
In September 2020, Dean Ouellette was appointed to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution and Implementation Task Force.
Dean Ouellette has served in leadership positions for numerous professional and community organizations, including as chair of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section for Deans, secretary and a board member for the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU), secretary and a board member for the Burdett Birthing Center in Troy, N.Y., and a board member for the University at Albany’s Institute for Health and Human Rights.
An alumna of Hamilton College, Dean Ouellette graduated magna cum laude in 1994 from Albany Law School, where she was editor-in-chief of the Albany Law Review.
The Supreme Court Ruling and What it Means, a Panel Discussion at BlueShield of Northeastern New York, June 29, 2012.
Bioethics and Disability, Society for Disability Studies Annual Meeting, Denver Colorado, June 23, 2012.
Physicians with Disabilities: Barriers and Opportunities, Health Law Professors Conference, Tempe Arizona, June 9, 2012.
The Right to Health, at Prisoners of the Iranian Regime: Lessons for Lawyers, a panel discussion, Albany Law School, February 2, 2012.
Health and Human Rights, World AIDS Day, University at Albany School for Human Rights, December 1, 2011.
Top Ten Legal Developments in Bioethics, ASBH Annual Meeting, Minneapolis MN, October 15, 2011 (with Arthur Derse and Amy Campbell).
Too Close to Home: Scientists Who Use Their Own Children as Research Subjects, Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Conference, Hilton Head, SC, July 26, 2011.
Body Modification, Adolescents, and the Law, University of Maryland School of Law, Roundtable on Acolescent Decision Making, Baltimore, April 15, 2011.
2010 Family Health Care Decisions Act: Key Provisions and Impact at the Bedside, Albany Medical College, November 19, 2010.
Shaping Parental Authority over Children’s Bodies, Law and Society Annual Meeting, Chicago. May 29, 2010.
Disability and Health Care Resource Allocation, at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine at a conference sponsored by the University of Maryland School of Law and the Maryland Health Care Ethics Committee Network. April 28, 2010.
Disability and Bioethics, National Expert presentation, Mellon Central New York Humanities Corridor Disability and Medical Humanities Workshop, Syracuse NY, December 4, 2009.
Health Information Technology as Health Reform, Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, Palm Beach Florida, August 5, 2009.
From Pre-implantation Genetic Modification to Plastic Surgery: Parental Authority over Children’s Bodies, Health Law Professors Conference, Cleveland, June 6, 2009.
Pre-implantation Genetic Modification, Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association, Roundtable with Kirsten Smolensky, Rhadika Rao, Jaime King, Glenn Cohen, Denver, May 30, 2009.
The Role of Professional Conscience in Healthcare, Featured Speaker, Annual Meeting of the Schenectady County Bar Association, the Schenectady County Medical Association, and the Schenectady County Dental Association, April 2, 2009.
Regulating the Cure: A Symposium on the Legal Regulation of Off-Label Drug Use, Moderator, Albany Law School, March 27, 2009.
A Disability Sensitive Response to Professor Smolensky, Hastings Law School, January 22, 2009.
Youthful Indiscretion: Teenagers and Cosmetic Surgery, Health Law Professor’s Conference, June 6, 2008.
Law and Bioethics, an Introduction, Union/Mt. Sinai School of Medicine Program in Bioethics Proseminar, August 6, 2008.
Pediatric Ethics, Albany Medical College, Bioethics Scholars Program, May 14, 2008.
Hernandez v. Robles and its Aftermath, Society, Security, and Civil Rights: Examining Sanctioned Discrimination Across Three Generations, a symposium sponsored by The Justice Robert H. Jackson Lecture Series, Albany Law School, April 4, 2008.
Decisionmaking for Children, Ethics Grand Rounds, Albany Medical College, April 3, 2008.
Restraining Parental Choice to Size and Shape Children, The Hastings Center, December 10, 2007.
Bioethics and Law, Hospital Ethics Committees Swap Shop, a Mt. Sinai Medical College-Union Graduate College Conference, Union College, September 28, 2007.
Pediatrics, Law, and Ethics: the Ashley X Case, 19th Annual Bioethics Summer Camp, Lake George, July 2007.
Sizing, Shaping, and Sculpting Children: A Call to Limit Parental Discretion, Health Law Professors Conference, Boston, June 2007.
States and Bioethics, State Courts as Unsung Heroes, Panel Presentation, American Society of Bioethics and Humanities Annual Conference, Denver, October 2006.
Disability and the End of Life Lobby, panel presentation, Health Law Teachers Conference, Baltimore, June 2006.
Advancing Advanced Legal Writing, lecture/workshop, Legal Writing Institute Biennial Meeting, Atlanta, June 2006.
Life, Death, and the U.S. Supreme Court, half day workshop presented to Connecticut’s High School History Teachers as part of the Connecticut Urban Consortium for Teaching United State Constitutional History, New Haven, July 2006.
Death and Dying in America, session chair, Politics and Bioethics Conference, ASBH summer meeting, Albany, July 2006.
The Disability Lobby and Disability Scholarship, an Uncomfortable Marriage, Politics and Bioethics Conference, panel presentation, ASBH Summer Conference, Albany, July 2006.
Federalism and Bioethics, lecture, Rockefeller Institute, May 2006.
Importing Illegal Pharmaceuticals, session chair, Albany Journal of Science and Technology Symposium, February, 2006.
Ethical Issues in Flu Pandemic, lecture, Regional Preparedness Center (200+ attendees), State of New York University, School of Public Health , June 2005.
Disability and the End of Life, lecture, Gilvary Symposium, University of Dayton School of Law, October 22, 2005.
Disability and End-of-Life Decisionmaking, lecture, Capital District Medical Decision Making Interest Group, Albany, December 13, 2005.
Supervising Student Research Papers: Guidelines for Ensuring that the Paper Course is More than the Easy “A”, lecture/workshop, New England Legal Writing Teachers Regional Conference, December 2005.
Abortion and the Law, lecture, Presented at Albany Medical Center Hospital March 30, 2005.
New York’s Restrictions on Family Decisionmaking: A Tragic Result and a Legislative Response, lecture presented at Medical Ethics Grand Rounds, Albany Medical Center Hospital, January 17, 2003; SUNY Albany, February, 20, 2003.
How Blind Adherence to Vitalism Forced New York, Missouri and Michigan Physicians to Torture Permanently Incompetent Adults with Nutrition and Hydration: A Proposal to Prevent the Inhumane Treatment of the Permanently Incompetent, lecture, Albany Medical Center, August 2003.
Public Speaking for Lawyers, a two day course in continuing legal education, presented at the New York State Court of Appeals February 2002.