Washington, D.C. — The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the nation’s leading organization of physicians providing health care to women, today announced that Molly A. Meegan, JD, has assumed the role of chief legal officer and general counsel. Ms. Meegan will lead ACOG’s legal and public policy initiatives through a period of intense pressure on women’s health care.
Ms. Meegan joins ACOG with a unique combination of accomplishments in both litigation and social justice issues. Her career includes more than twenty years counseling nonprofit organizations and their boards, as well as private corporations. At ACOG, she will focus on impact litigation, which she says is “one of the most important ways in which ACOG makes a difference for members and patients, and has never been more pivotal, given the current landscape.” This includes policy and advocacy affecting women’s health or reproductive rights; legislative interference in the patient–physician relationship; and members’ reimbursement, among other issues key to safe, evidence-based obstetric and gynecologic practice.
“We are delighted to welcome Molly Meegan to ACOG,” said ACOG CEO Maureen G. Phipps, MD, MPH, FACOG. “Her strategic thinking and leadership skills are invaluable in our high-stakes environment, in which we are defending patients’ reproductive autonomy and expanding access to the best evidence-based health care. Ms. Meegan’s career demonstrates her dedication to social justice as well as her legal acumen.”
Ms. Meegan was previously deputy general counsel at Human Rights Campaign, the civil rights organization advancing equality for LGBTQIA+ people. She has served on multiple community organizations and boards, including the Ivymount Foundation, where she served as president and guided educational and support structures for children with special needs. Earlier in her career, at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Ms. Meegan specialized in financial services and criminal and civil litigation. She has also served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia.
The transition to ACOG is “exciting and inspiring,” said Ms. Meegan. “With its 60,000 physician members, active and influential committee structure, and dedicated board, ACOG has a profound effect on every person seeking obstetric or gynecologic care and their families. This organization has created space for itself as the voice of science, the key to its influence. Early in my career I wrote an amicus brief for the Supreme Court on behalf of ACOG, and it’s satisfying to circle back at this point in my career.”
Ms. Meegan earned her JD from the Georgetown University Law Center, where she later returned to serve as an adjunct professor, and her bachelor’s in science from Cornell University. She is a member of the District of Columbia and New York bars and the Association of Corporate Counsel and Practicing Law Institute.