Advisory Board

Linda MacDonald Glenn, J.D., LL.M.

Linda MacDonald Glenn, J.D., LL.M. is a fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. She is a bioethicist, healthcare educator, lecturer, consultant and attorney. Her extensive experience and passion for the issues facing the legal, nursing, and healthcare professions make her a compelling and thought-provoking lecturer.
Formerly a fellow with the Institute of Ethics of the American Medical Association (AMA), and current Women’s Bioethics Project Scholar, her research encompasses the legal, ethical, and social impact of emerging technologies and evolving notions of personhood.
Linda currently holds faculty appointments at the University Of Vermont College Of Nursing and Health Sciences, Department of Medical Laboratory and Radiation Sciences, and the University of Sciences in Philadelphia, Department of Biomedical Writing. An active lecturer, Linda has spoken at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Loyola University at Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical School and various law schools. She has also addressed numerous public and professional groups internationally. In addition, Linda is an active member of the Converging Technologies Bar Association and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Evolution and Technology.
Prior to returning to an academic setting, she consulted and practiced as a trial attorney with an emphasis in patient advocacy, bioethical and biotechnology issues, end of life decision-making, reproductive rights, genetics, neuroethics, parental/biological issues (aka nature vs. nurture), and animal rights. She was the lead attorney in several precedent-setting bioethics legal cases.
Linda has advised governmental leaders and agencies, and published numerous articles in professional journals. Her articles include Lessons from other codes: is it the journey or the destination? in The American Journal of Bioethics, The Dark Side of Collaboration: When Good Technology Goes Bad in GPSolo Magazine (American Bar Association publication), Ethical Issues in Genetic Engineering and Transgenics in, When Pigs Fly? Legal and Ethical Issues in Transgenics and the Creation of Chimeras in The Physiologist, and Keeping an Open Mind: What Legal Safeguards are Needed? in The American Journal of Bioethics.
In addition to her current educational, lecture and consultation work, Linda is writing several articles regarding evolving notions of personhood and maintains an ongoing blog at Women’s Bioethics Blog. Listen to her talk at the Human Rights for the 21st Century conference about Challenges to the Idea of Human Identity.