Professor Amy B. Monahan joined the Law School faculty in Fall 2009. She teaches and writes in the areas of federal taxation and employee benefits law. In 2013, she was awarded the American Law Institute's Young Scholars Medal in recognition of her work on both public pensions and health care reform, and its potential to influence improvements in the law. She held the Law School's Julius E. Davis Chair in 2013-14, and was named the law school's Stanley V. Kinyon Tenured Teacher of the Year in 2010-11. She was elected to membership in the American Law Institute in 2014.
Professor Monahan's scholarship focuses primarily on health and retirement plan regulation, and she has been actively involved in state and national efforts to improve the law in both areas. In 2010-11 she was appointed to the Institute of Medicine's Committee on the Determination of Essential Health Benefits, the independent committee charged with developing guidelines and principles for the Department of Health & Human Services to use in defining which medical treatments and services health insurance plans must cover as part of Affordable Care Act insurance reforms, and she has also advised various states regarding health care reform and implementation. Professor Monahan also frequently works with stakeholders at both the local and national level regarding the legal issues surrounding public pension plans, including state legislators, the State Budget Crisis Task Force, and the Federal Reserve Bank's municipal finance team.
Professor Monahan received her B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University in International Studies, with university and departmental honors. She received her J.D. from Duke University School of Law, where she was managing editor of the Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law. Following law school, she practiced with Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago.
She has previously taught at Notre Dame Law School and the University of Missouri School of Law.