Valarie Blake

Valarie Blake

Associate Professor of Law


  • B.S., University of Pittsburgh, 2005
  • J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 2009
  • M.A., Case Western Reserve University, 2011


Valarie K. Blake is an associate professor law at WVU focusing on health care law. Before joining the WVU College of Law faculty in fall 2015, she was a visiting professor at Duquesne School of Law. Prior to that, she served as an ethics senior research associate for the American Medical Association (AMA), where she engaged in research and policy-making efforts related to the AMA’s Code of Medical Ethics. She has also worked at the Cleveland Clinic as an advanced bioethics fellow providing bedside ethics consultation, research teaching, and service in the areas of law, ethics, and professionalism.

Professor Blake’s scholarly research is on the intersections between health care delivery and ethics. She is particularly interested in how increasing state and federal regulation of health care financing and delivery will impact chronic disease, health insurance, and professionalism in medicine.

She holds a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, an M.A. in medical ethics from Case Western Reserve University, and a B.S. in neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh.


  • Valarie K. Blake, Michelle McGowan & Aaron D. Levine, Conflicts of Interest and Effective Oversight of Assisted Reproduction using Donated Oocytes, _ J. L. MED. & ETHICS (Summer 2015).
  • _Kavita Shah Arora & Valarie K. Blake. Uterus Transplantation: The Ethics of Moving the Womb 125 OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY 1(April 2015).
  • Narrow Networks, the Very Sick, and the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act: Recalling the Purpose of Health Insurance and Reform, 16MINN. J. L. SCI. & TECH. 63 (2015).
  • Valarie K. Blake & Hannah Kushnick, Ethical Issues in Gestational Surrogacy, in THIRD PARTY REPRODUCTION: A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE (James Goldfarb, ed. 2014).
  • Affirmative Action in Medical Education. LAHEY HEALTH MED. ETHICS J. (Fall 2014).
  • Kavita Shah & Valarie K. Blake. Uterus Transplantation: Ethical and Regulatory Challenges. J MED ETHICS, available at
  • Kavita Shah & Valarie K. Blake. The 2013 Review of the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act: A Call to Action. 121OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY 1313 (2013).
  • Ovaries, and Testicles, and Uteruses, Oh My! Regulating Reproductive Tissue Transplants,  19 WM. & MARY J. WOMEN & L. 353 (2013).
  • It’s an ART Not a Science: State Mandated Insurance Coverage of Assisted Reproductive Technologies and Legal Implications for Gay and Unmarried Persons, 12 MINN. J. L. SCI. & TECH. 651 (2011).
  • The New Frontier in Ethics and Infertility: Reproductive tissue transplant, a case study of the U.S. and the U.K., 3 AMSTERDAM L. FORUM 25 (2011).
  • Valarie Blake & Eric Kodish, Human Subject Research Involving Children, in CLINICAL ETHICS IN PEDIATRICS: A CASE-BASED APPROACH, 194 (Diekema et al. eds., 2011).
  • Valarie K. Blake et al., Harmonization of Ethics Policies in Pediatric Research, 39 J. L. MED. & ETHICS 70 (2011).
  • Valarie K. Blake et al., Harmonization of Ethics Policies in Pediatric Research, 39 J. L. MED. & ETHICS 70 (2011).
  • Mass African Migration into Italy, Obligations of the European Union and Italy, 32 HAMLINE J. PUB. L. & POL’Y 135 (2010).

Teaching Experience

  • Associate Professor, West Virginia University College of Law, August 2015
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Duquesne University School of Law, August 2013-2015
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Ohio University Master of Health Administration, Spring 2013
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, George Washington University Department of Clinical Research and Leadership, Spring 2013
  • Instructor, University of Illinois, Chicago School of Medicine, Spring 2012
  • Instructor, AMA - Medical College of Wisconsin Fellowship, Fall 2011
  • Instructor, Ohio University Master of Health Administration, Spring 2010-11

Professional Experience

  • Senior Research Associate, American Medical Association, May 2011-July 2013
  • Advanced Bioethics Fellow, Cleveland Clinic, July 2009-April 2011
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