Jennifer Templeton Dunn, JD

Director and Co-Founder, California Alliance for Abortion Care
Assistant Adjunct Professor, Family Health Care Nursing, UCSF School of Nursing

Professor Dunn’s research, teaching and advocacy focus on contraception, abortion, respectful maternity care, reproductive justice, health disparities, global health, and gender equity. She is an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the UCSF School of Nursing and the Director of the California Alliance for Abortion Care, an interdisciplinary network that promotes access to safe, legal abortion in California by fostering collaboration between lawyers, researchers and direct service providers.

Professor Dunn is a regular guest speaker at medical, nursing and public health schools and conferences. She welcomes the opportunity to collaborate on interdisciplinary research endeavors with her health sciences colleagues and frequently advises and mentors students, fellows and other learners who are interested in taking a deeper dive into the policies and law-related aspects of their research.

Before joining the law faculty at UC Hastings, she served as the Law & Policy Advisor for UCSF’s Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health and the Director of the California Health Workforce Pilot Project #171 (HWPP Project). In 2007, the HWPP Project obtained a legal waiver, allowing NPs, PAs, and CNMs to provide first trimester aspiration abortion as part of a statewide demonstration project. The data from the pilot project was later used to support a change in California law, permanently removing the physician-only restriction. Professor Dunn also serves as teaching faculty in the UCSF Global Health Sciences program and is affiliated faculty with the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy; the Center of Expertise in Women’s Health, Gender and Empowerment; and the UCSF Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health.

In 2019, Jennifer Dunn left the UC Hastings Law faculty in order to pursue her doctoral studies in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at UCSF.