Dayna Matthew

This individual is no longer with Colorado Law.

Director, Health Law & Policy Program

University of Colorado Law School
417 Wolf Law Building
401 UCB
Boulder, CO  80309-0401
Office: 417
Phone: (303) 735-5717

Curriculum Vitae:  View (PDF format)

Educational Background:
AB   Harvard-Radcliffe     
JD   University of Virginia     

Professor Matthew joined the University of Colorado faculty in 2003 as an Associate Professor, and was promoted to Full Professor in 2004.  she teaches Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, Evidence, and a variety of health law classes.  Professor Matthew regularly lectures to medical and public health students, and is a member of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities on the Anschutz Medical Campus. In 2004, she became the Law School's Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and she served as the Law School's Vice Dean from 2010-2011.  Professor Matthew's forthcoming book "Just Medicine:  A Cure for Racial Inequality in Health Care" will be published by NYU Press later this year.

Professor Matthew brings an interdisciplinary approach to the study of health law. She holds a joint appointment at the Colorado School of Public Health and offers classes in which law and public health students study, provide direct client representation, and advocate for changes in public health law and policy together.  Professor Matthew is co-founder of the Colorado Health Equity Project, a medical legal partnership whose mission is to remove barriers to good health for low income clients by providing legal representation, research, and policy advocacy. 

Professor Matthew has practiced as a civil litigator both in Kentucky, at the law firm of Greenebaum, Doll and McDonald, and in Virginia, at McGuire Woods where her work primarily focused on the defense of medical care providers and corporate manufacturers in state courts, Federal Courts, and before administrative and licensing tribunals.

Professor Matthew graduated with an A.B. in Economics from Harvard-Radcliffe and, after a brief stint as a commercial real estate banker, obtained a J.D. from the University of Virginia. While studying at Virginia, Professor Matthew served as an editor of the Virginia Law Review; won the Law School's two year Lile Moot Court Competition; and taught as a Hardy Dillard Writing Fellow. Following graduation, Professor Matthew enjoyed the privilege of clerking for The Honorable John Charles Thomas, the first African-American justice to sit on the Virginia Supreme Court.

Professor Matthew has written articles on health and antitrust law topics which have appeared in the Virginia Law Review, Georgetown Journal of Law and Modern Critical Race Perspectives, Michigan Journal of Law Reform, Houston Law Review and the Wake Forest Law Review the Indiana Law Journal, the Kentucky Law Journal and the St. Louis University Law Journal, as well as the American Journal of Law and Medicine.  Professor Matthew is currently serving as the Senior Advisor to the Director of the Office of Civil Rights for the Environmental Protection Agency.  She has also been named a 2015-2016 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow and will be in residence in Washington, D.C. until December 2016.  Additionally, she is the recipient of several awards, including CU Law's Clifford Calhoun Faculty Award for Public Service (May 2015), the Margaret Willard Award (2015, presented by the University Women's Club of Boulder), and was recently named as one of the Top 25 Most Powerful Women (2016) by the Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce. 


Implementing American Health Care Reform: The Fiduciary Imperative, 59 Buff. L. Rev. 715 (2011).
Matthew (with Mark Earnest), A Property Right To Medical Care, 29 J. Leg. Med. 65-80 (2008).
The "Race Card" and Reforming American Health Insurance, 14 Conn. Ins. L.J. 435 (2008).
Race, Religion, and Informed Consent: Lessons from Social Science, 36 J. L., Med. & Ethics 150 (2008).
The Moral Hazard Problem with Privatization of Public Enforcement: The Case of Pharmaceutical Fraud, 40 U. Mich. J.L. Reform 281 (2007).
Disastrous Disasters: Restoring Civil Rights Protections for Victims of the State in Natural Disasters, II J. Health & Biomed. L. 213 (2006).
A New Strategy to Combat Racial Inequality In American Health Care Delivery, 9 DePaul J. Health Care L. 793 (2006).
Assessing Patient Protection Laws, 47 St. Louis U. L.J. 299 (2003).

Symposia, Invited Essays, and Short Articles

The Social Psychology of Limiting Health Care Benefits for Undocumented Immigrants-Moving Beyond Race, Class, and Nativism, 10 Hous. J. Health L. & Pol'y 201 (2010) (Race and Healthcare in America)..
Defeating Health Disparities-A Property Interest Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, 113 W. Va. L. Rev. 31 (2010) (Donley Lecture Series: Health Care in America).

Selected Press, Media & Publicity

Professor Says Only Law Can Cure Bias, Racism in Health Care | Diverse | Monday, April 18, 2016
Closing the Health Gap | KERA | Thursday, January 21, 2016
Health Research Restricted By Colorado's Records Laws | Community Radio For Northern Colorado | Wednesday, May 14, 2014
CU Law makes first-ever curriculum change for first-year students | Daily Camera | Monday, July 12, 2010
Law students' interest in immigration grows | The Denver Post | Monday, June 21, 2010
CU-Boulder Law School conference addresses crime inequality | Daily Camera | Thursday, February 18, 2010
Anger over health care spills into courtroom | Denver Business Journal | Monday, October 19, 2009


Spring 2017 Constitutional Law LAWS 6005-802
Spring 2017 Poverty Health and Law Practicum LAWS 7555-001
Fall 2014 Health Law I: Finance, Administration and Organization of Health Care LAWS 7425-001
Fall 2014 Poverty Health and Law Practicum LAWS 7555-001
Spring 2014 Constitutional Law LAWS 6005-802
Spring 2014 Poverty, Health and Law Practicum LAWS 7545-001
Fall 2013 Health Law I: Finance, Administration and Organization of Health Care LAWS 7425-001
Fall 2013 Poverty, Health and Law LAWS 7535-001
Spring 2013 Constitutional Law LAWS 6005-804
Fall 2012 Civil Procedure LAWS 5303-801
Fall 2012 Health Law I: Finance, Administration and Organization of Health Care LAWS 7425-001