Author of Book on Body Parts Black Market to Speak at Union League, Widener Law
Published: October 3, 2007
goodwin michelle Wilmington, Del. - Michele Goodwin, who explores the dark side of organ donation in her book Black Markets: The Supply and Demand of Body Parts, will speak about her book as the Widener University School of Law Raynes McCarty Distinguished Lecturer in Health Law on Tuesday, Oct. 9. (CLE credit available)

Goodwin will lecture at 12 p.m. at the Union League, 140 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, and again at 4 p.m. in the Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom in the Main Law Building at the Widener University School of Law, 4601 Concord Pike., Wilmington, Del. Seats for both lectures are limited. Please RSVP to Karla Harris at or call 302-477-2704.

Goodwin, is a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School, and the Everett Fraser Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School. Goodwin is a bioethicist who researches tort and property theories in the body and biotechnology. She regularly lectures internationally on bioethics and biotechnology topics such as assisted reproductive technologies, mental health, stem cell manipulation, and organ transplantation.
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Black Markets, published by Cambridge University Press, builds upon Goodwin's career of scholarship exploring causes for organ shortages and methods to remedy the crisis. Offering a contemporary view of organ and tissue supply and demand, Black Markets explores the legal, racial and social nuances of current altruistic institutionalized procurement schemes. Goodwin suggests that the best alternative model for organ procurement is a market approach or one based on presumed consent and provides an alternative way of studying how to increase the supply of organs and other body parts as well.

The lecture is sponsored by the Widener University School of Law Health Law Institute, and funded by the Philadelphia-based law firm of Raynes McCarty, which represents the catastrophically injured and their families.