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B.A., Northwestern University  
J.D., Cornell Law Schoo

Professor Evelyn M. Tenenbaum is a graduate of Northwestern University and Cornell Law School. She served in the Attorney General's office as a Section Chief and Assistant Solicitor General and was a consultant to the New York State Department of Health. Specializing in health law, she is currently also a Professor of Bioethics at Albany Medical College and has published widely in the areas of health law, bioethics and civil rights.

Professor Tenenbaum has extensive experience handling and supervising health care litigation. She has successfully handled dozens of cases in the federal and state courts, both at the trial level and on appeal. Her high-profile health policy cases cover areas including mandatory testing for AIDS, guidelines for office-based surgery, state sick-leave policies, the constitutionality of closing bathhouses, and reproductive policies at Catholic hospitals. She was the lead attorney in a class action involving the Social Security Administration's over-reliance on the treadmill exercise test and won class-wide relief entitling class members to disability benefits totaling more than $65 million and saving New York's state and local governments approximately $11 million per year.

Professor Tenenbaum has also handled and supervised dozens of civil rights cases. Her high-profile civil rights cases include a landmark decision upholding the constitutionality of applying the State Labor Relations Act to lay teachers at Catholic Schools.

She serves on the Ethics Review Committee at Albany Medical Center and is the faculty advisor to the law school's Domenick L. Gabrielli National Family Moot Court Competition.

 

In the News

​Professor Evelyn Tenenbaum was featured in the Carolina Academic Press newsletter on Oct. 21, 2020.

​Professor Evelyn Tenenbaum was quoted in Theregreview.org news article, "Encouraging Living Kidney Donations," on Sept. 19, 2020.

Professor Evelyn Tenenbaum was quoted in the Albany Student Press article "RAs told not to touch students in medical emergencies"​ on May 17, 2018.

Professor Evelyn Tenenbaum’s co-authored study was the subject of the Baylor College of Medicine press release, “Ethicists explore ways to regulate unproven stem cell therapies.”

Selected Achievements

​Professor Evelyn Tenenbaum will present, "Reassessing Consent to Intimate Sexual Relations Among Nursing Home Residents with Dementia," at the ASBH (American Society for Bioethics and Humanities) Conference (held virtually) on October 15-18, 2020.

Professor Evelyn Tenenbaum's scholarship "Can Civil Lawsuits Stem the Tide of Direct-to-Consumer Marketing of Unproven Stem Cell Interventions" (npj Regenerative Medicine 2018) was selected to be listed in a special collection of Nature Partner Journals articles. All of the articles support the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. ​

Professor Evelyn Tenenbaum's article, "Bartering for a Compatible Kidney Using Your Incompatible Live Kidney Donor," was cited in Clanton v. U.S., 2018 U.S.Dist.LEXIS126047, by the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.​

​Professor Evelyn Tenenbaum received the Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship at Albany Law School's 167th Commencement on May 18, 2018.​​

​Professor Evelyn Tenenbaum will present, "Reassessing Consent to Intimate Sexual Relations Among Nursing Home Residents with Dementia," at the ASBH (American Society for Bioethics and Humanities) Conference (held virtually) on October 15-18, 2020.

​Professor Evelyn Tenenbaum presented "Facilitating Greater Use of Split Liver Transplants," at the World Congress of Bioethics Conference in Philadelphia on June 19-21, 2020.

​Professor Evelyn Tenenbaum presented, 'Assessing Consent to Intimate Sexual Relations Among Nursing Home Residents with Dementia," at the World Congress of Bioethics Conference (held virtually) on June 19-21, 2020.

Professor Evelyn Tenenbaum's scholarship "Can Civil Lawsuits Stem the Tide of Direct-to-Consumer Marketing of Unproven Stem Cell Interventions" (npj Regenerative Medicine 2018) was selected to be listed in a special collection of Nature Partner Journals articles. All of the articles support the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. ​

Professor Evelyn Tenenbaum's article, "Bartering for a Compatible Kidney Using Your Incompatible Live Kidney Donor," was cited in Clanton v. U.S.,2018 U.S.Dist.LEXIS126047, by the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.​

Professor Evelyn Tenenbaum’s article,“Revitalizing Informed Consent and Protecting Patient Autonomy: An Appeal to Abandon Objective Causation,” was quoted in the concurring opinion in People v. Lee, 2017 IL App (1st) 151652 (2017), an Illinois Appellate Court decision.

Evelyn Tenenbaum

Evelyn Tenenbaum,

Professor of Law; Professor of Bioethics at Albany Medical College; Director, Health Law and Compliance Program

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