Danielle Pelfrey Duryea

Teaching Faculty; Assistant Dean for Interprofessional Education and Health Law Initiatives

Contact Information

516 O'Brian Hall, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1100
Phone: 716-645-3041

Danielle Pelfrey Duryea teaches health law and founded UB's Health Justice Law & Policy Clinic, a medical-legal partnership addressing health-harming legal needs of low-income patients by 1) providing traditional legal services to individuals through collaboration with front-line providers in the healthcare setting, 2) teaching healthcare providers to change the way they respond to non-biologic factors influencing health, and 3) changing systems to improve population health and wellbeing. Her research and teaching interests also include clinical pedagogy and experiential learning; interprofessional education and collaborative practice; gender, race, and critical theory; domestic violence advocacy; elder law; housing law and policy; and food and drug regulation.

As the Assistant Dean for Interprofessional Education & Health Law Initiatives, she is the School of Law's ambassador to UB's health sciences schools.  In this role, Pelfrey Duryea actively represents UB Law on UB's Addiction Studies Task Force, UB's Interprofessional Education Leadership Team, and the community-university African American Health Disparities Task Force, among other initiatives.

Pelfrey Duryea also serves as Associate Director of the UB Center for Successful Aging, a fully interdisciplinary center advancing knowledge about aging through community-engaged research and training.

Immediately before joining UB Law, Pelfrey Duryea supervised J.D. students litigating in the Washington, D.C. courts in Georgetown University Law Center's Domestic Violence Clinic.  She previously represented health care industry clients at Ropes & Gray LLP for five years and was a founding lead for the AmLaw A-List firm's nationally-recognized pro bono medical-legal partnerships, which provide an array of free legal services to low-income patients of a Boston-area community health clinic and of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  

Before law school, Pelfrey Duryea was an academic editor and a Ph.D. student in the Department of English at the University of Virginia, where she studied modern Irish literature and culture and the intersection of feminism and racism in 19th and 20th century Anglophone literatures.  She also holds degrees from Yale and from Georgetown, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy.