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December 11, 2017

Dayna Bowen Matthew – 2015 Margaret Willard Award Winner

Professor Matthew will return to Boulder from Washington, D.C. to accept the award. She is currently a 2015-2016 Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow, serving as Senior Advisor to the Director, Office of Civil Rights for the Environmental Protection Agency. She will also be the recipient of the CU Law School – 2015 Clifford Calhoun Faculty Award for Public Service.

Professor Matthew is a remarkable woman, who surpasses all the require­ments to receive the prestigious MWA.

She joined the University of Colorado faculty in 2003 as an Associate Professor, and was promoted to Full Professor in 2005. She holds a joint faculty appointment at the Colorado School of Public Health and is a member of the University of Colorado’s Center for Bioethics and Humanities faculty. She teaches Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, Evidence, and a variety of health law classes.

In 2004, Professor Matthew became the Law School’s Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and served in that office until she became the Law School’s Vice Dean from 2010-2011. Professor Matthew has also practiced as a civil litigator.

In 2013, she co-founded the Colorado Health Equity Project, a collaboration of the medical and legal profession that has the mission of removing barriers to good health for low income individuals by providing legal representation, research, and policy advocacy.

Professor Matthew has published numerous articles on health and anti-trust law. Her book, Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in Health Care is scheduled for release by NYU Press in September 2015.

She received an A.B. in Economics from Harvard-Radcliffe College and a J.D. from the Univer­sity of Virginia School of Law. She is married to Thomas Matthew, M.D., and has three children. She has accompanied Dr. Matthew to Rwanda as a Fulbright Specialist, and as part of “Team Heart,” where she advises on legal matters.

Who says women can’t have it all?