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On Tuesday, October 9th, Professor Michele Goodwin, Everett Fraser Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School and a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School, delivered an address to the law school community about the black market trade in human body parts as the Widener University School of Law Raynes McCarty Distinguished Lecturer in Health Law. After brief introductions from Dean Linda L. Ammons and Professor John G. Culhane, Interim Director of the Widener School of Law Health Law Institute, Professor Goodwin gave a passionate and engaging lecture on the difficulties faced by the altruistic model of organ donation and offered disturbing details about the illegal trade in human body parts.
A bioethicist and author of Black Markets: The Supply and Demand of Body Parts, Professor Goodwin has given lectures internationally on topics such as organ transplantation and stem cell manipulation. The Widener University School of Law Health Law Institute sponsored Professor Goodwin's appearance with funding from Raynes McCarty, a Philadelphia law firm that represents the catastrophically injured and their families.