Professor of Law, General Faculty
Professor of Public Health Sciences, School of Medicine
Professor of Public Policy, Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 1985
A.B., Duke University, 1981
Margaret (Mimi) Foster Riley teaches food and drug law, health law, animal law, bioethics, regulation of clinical research and public health law.
Riley has written and presented extensively about health care law, biomedical research, genetics, reproductive technologies, stem cell research, animal biotechnology, health disparities and chronic disease. She serves as chair of UVA's Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee and as legal advisor to the Health Sciences Institutional Review Board, which is responsible for reviewing all human subject research at UVA involving medically invasive procedures. She served on the National Research Council Committee on Revisions to the Common Rule for the Protection of Human Subjects and has advised numerous committees of the Institute of Medicine and the Virginia Bar.
Before coming to Virginia, Riley was an associate with Pepper Hamilton & Scheetz in Philadelphia, where she worked primarily in complex securities, commercial and mass tort litigation. Prior to that position, she was a litigation associate with Rogers & Wells in New York. Riley received her law degree from Columbia University and her bachelor of arts from Duke University.
“FDA Regulation of Antibiotic Use in Agricultural Animals,” Jurist, May 26, 2012.
“In Plain Sight: A Solution to a Fundamental Challenge in Human Research” (with Lois Shepherd), 40 J.L. Med. & Ethics 970 (2012).
“Federal Funding and the Institutional Evolution of Federal Regulation of Biomedical Research,” 5 Harv. L. & Pol'y Rev. 265 (2011).
“How Should Ethics Affect FDA Regulation Of Genetically Engineered Animals?” Food & Drug Pol'y F., Vol. 1, No. 15 (August 2011).
"Regulating Reproductive Genetics: A Review of American Bioethics Commissions and Comparison to the British Human Fertilisation and Embyology Authority" (with Richard Merrill), 6 Colum. Sci. & Tech. L. Rev. (2005).
“A Critique of Human Cloning and Human Dignity: The Report of the President's Council on Bioethics,” 20 J.L. & Pol. 463 (2004).
- Germs and Justice: Law and Disease
- Legal Research and Writing
In the Media
- "Senator's Obamacare Suit Faces Long Odds, Scholars Say" (USA Today, 07/03/2014)
- Senator's Obamacare Suit Faces Long Odds, Scholars Say" (USA Today, 07/03/2014)
- "Local, UVa Experts: Health Care Law Will Still Take Years to Implement; The Already Insured Won't See Much Change" (The Daily Progress, 06/28/2012)
- "Health Advocates React to Supreme Court Health Care Ruling" (NBC 29, 06/28/2012)
- "FDA Regulation of Antibiotic Use in Agricultural Animals" (Author) (Jurist, 05/29/2012)
- "Health Care Reform Opponents, Supporters Rally in Charlottesville" (NBC 29, 03/26/2012)
- "Stopping Animal Biotech in U.S. Won't Stop It Elsewhere, BIO Told" (Food Chemical News, 05/10/2010)
- "Reinventing Life" (UVA Magazine, 03/08/2010)
- "135,000 Uninsured Americans Will Die Before Health Reform Takes Effect, Analysis Finds" (The Raw Story, 12/15/2009)
- "UVA Law Class Exploring Animal Law Issues" (NBC 29, 11/09/2009)
- "UVA Seminar Focuses on Animal Law" (Charlottesville Daily Progress, 11/06/2009)
- "GE Animal Developers Urged to Engage Critics on Ethical Issues" (Food Chemical News, 05/25/2009)
- "UVa Researchers Happy About Funding for Stem Cell Research" (WCAV, 03/09/2009)
- "Barker's Gift to Found Animal Law Program" (Charlottesville Daily Progress, 01/14/2009)
- "Barker Grant Aids U.Va. Animal Law Program" (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 01/14/2009)
- "Lawyers Dispute Patents on Animals and Plants" (Duke Chronicle (NC), 11/12/2007)
- "Support for Stem-Cell Study Falls, Poll Shows" (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 12/14/2006)
- "The Write Stuff" (U.S. News & World Report, 04/11/2005)