Barbara L. Atwell

  • Professor of Law
Assistant: Jennifer Chin
Preston Hall 201-207
(914) 422-4263


BA, Smith College
JD, Columbia University School of Law

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Professor Barbara Atwell was appointed as Director of Diversity Initiatives on February 3, 2009. Prior to that, she served as the Director of the Health Law and Policy Program until 2005. Professor Atwell was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and an editor of the Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems while attending Columbia Law School. From there she clerked for Judge Nathaniel R. Jones of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Professor Atwell subsequently joined Arnold & Porter in Washington, DC, as an associate. While there, her areas of practice included communication, government contracts and civil rights. She helped draft and edit Cable Franchising and Regulation: A Local Government Guide to the New Law. Professor Atwell has served on the Board of Directors of Practicing Attorneys for Law Students and is a former member of the Tort Litigation Committee of the New York City Bar Association. She is the author of various law review articles.




"Is Sugar the New Tobacco?—How to Regulate Toxic Foods," 22 Annals of Health Law 138 (2013).

"Nature and Nurture: Revisiting the Infant Adoption Process," 201 Wm. & Mary J. Women & L. 201 (2012).

"Jurists for Jesus," 1 Widener Journal of Economics and Race (2010).

"The Jurisprudence of Love," 85 University of Detroit Mercy Law Review 495 (2008).

"Obesity, Public Health and the Food Supply," 4 Indiana Health Law Review 1 (2007).

"The Modern Age of Informed Consent," 40 University of Richmond Law Review 591 (2006).

"Mainstreaming Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the Face of Uncertainty," 72 U.M.K.C. Law Rev. 593 (2004).

"A Lost Generation: the Battle for Private Enforcement of the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980," 60 University of Cincinnati Law Review 593 (1992).

"Products Liability and Preemption: A Judicial Framework," 39 Buffalo Law Review 181 (winter 1991).

"Surrogacy and Adoption: A Case of Incompatibility," 20 Columbia Human Rights Law Review 1 (1988).