Jessica Wilen Berg, J.D., M.P.H.

Professor of Law and Bioethics

Bioethics and Law
Informed Consent and Advance Directives
End-of-Life Decision Making
Reproductive Law and Ethics
Research Law and Ethics

Office Phone: 216-368-6363



Jessica Wilen Berg is a Professor of Law and Bioethics. She has a joint appointment in Case Western Reserve University's School of Law and the Department of Bioethics at the Medical School. She received her B.A. and J.D., with honors, from Cornell University, where she was a notes editor of the Cornell Law Review.

Ms. Berg joined the faculty at Case Western Reserve in 1999, after serving as the Director of Academic Affairs of the Institute for Ethics, and Secretary of the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs for the American Medical Association. Before that, she was a Visiting Professor at Michigan State Medical School, a Scholar in Excellence at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and a Fellow at both the Center for Biomedical Ethics and the Institute for Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy at the University of Virginia.

Ms. Berg teaches Law and Bioethics. Her publications and research span a variety of areas, including informed consent, research with human subjects, reproductive law and ethics, confidentiality of medical information, mental health law, professional self-regulation, and E-medicine.

Recent Publications

Mehlman M, Berg J, Juengst E, Kodish E, “Ethical and Legal Issues in Enhancement Research on Human Subjects,” 20 Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 30-45 (2011).

Berg J, Putting the Community Back into the “Community Benefit” Standard, 43 Georgia Law Review 375 (2010).  

Recent Activities

“Surrogate Decision Making for the Facebook Generation” American Society of Bioethics and Humanities Annual Meeting, Minneapolis 10/13/11; American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Washington DC 11/2/11.

“What Remains of Charity Care After Health Reform? Community Obligations of Nonprofit Hospitals” Mark A. Nordenberg lecture in Law, Medicine and Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh 10/6/11.

"Ethics and Enhancement Research" Clinical Research Conference, San Francisco 7/6/11.

“Authorship, Plagiarism and Publication,” Department of Pathology, Cleveland 3-16-11.

“Ethical Issues in Research with EHRs”, National Health Lung Blood Institute, NIH, Washington DC 3-11-11.

“Who owns your genetic material? The case of the Havasupai Tribe v. ASU”, World Health Interest Group, Cleveland 2-4-11.

Contact Information

Office Phone: 216-368-6363

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