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Elizabeth Pendo, J.D.

Joseph J. Simeone Professor of Law
Center for Health Law Studies
William C. Wefel Center for Employment Law

Courses Taught

Bioethics, Civil Procedure I, Civil Procedure II, Disability Discrimination Law, Disability Law, Health Care Ethics


B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1990
J.D., University of California Berkeley, School of Law, 1993

Practice Areas

  • Bioethics
  • Civil Procedure
  • Disability Law
  • Education
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Gender and the Law
  • Health Law
  • Insurance Law

Research Interests

Pendo is a nationally recognized expert in disability law and health care law. Her scholarship focuses on the difference disability makes in places in our society such as the health care system and the workplace, with a particular interest in legal and social meanings of disability.

Publications and Media Placements

She published a series of articles exposing inaccessible medical equipment as a barrier to care, including Reducing Disparities through Health Care Reform: Disability and Accessible Medical Equipment, 4 Utah L. Rev. 1057 (2010) and Disability, Equipment Barriers and Women’s Health: Using the ADA to Provide Meaningful Access, 2 St. Louis Univ. J. Health L. & Pol’y 15 (2008). Other projects include civil rights and health care reform approaches to health disparities for people with disabilities; models of disability and their impact on health care; public right-of-way and accessibility issues in the City of Saint Louis; and genetic testing in the workplace, and its intersections with classifications based on gender, race, class and disability.

Professor Pendo has published with a number of law journals and peer-reviewed journals across the country, and frequently submits testimony and comment to federal agencies and legislatures on issues relating to her work.

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Honors and Awards

Pendo is the recipient of the YWCA Leadership Award, and the Women’s Justice Legal Scholar Award awarded to women faculty members or administrators who fulfill the ideals of the legal profession through their own work with the justice system, through their research or scholarship, or through teaching and inspiring others. She is also the first recipient of the University Student Government Association Faculty Excellence Award for Diversity and Social Justice.

Professional Organizations and Associations

 American Law Institute

Community Work and Service

Elizabeth Pendo is the Joseph J. Simeone Professor of Law at Saint Louis University School of Law and previously served as Vice Dean for five years. She has a secondary appointment as Professor of Health Management and Policy at Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice, and is a member of the Center for Health Law Studies and the William C. Wefel Center for Employment Law at the School of Law. She teaches courses in Disability Law, Bioethics and Civil Procedure and has lectured on bioethics, health law and disability issues at SLU’s Department of Medicine, Department of Health Care Ethics and the College of Education and Public Service.