Sunday, April 29, 2012
The Health Law Professors Blog is honored to introduce our guest blogger for the month of May, Professor Thaddeus Pope. Here is his short bio:
Professor Thaddeus Pope is Director of the Health Law Institute and an Associate Professor of Law at Hamline University. He teaches Health Quality and Liability, Bioethics, and Medical Law at the End of Life. Professor Pope is also Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at Albany Medical College, where he teaches both courses and CME for the Alden March Bioethics Institute. Before joining Hamline in 2012, Professor Pope taught Torts and Health Law at Widener University.
In his scholarship, Professor Pope has focused on two main areas: (1) end-of-life medicine and (2) public health ethics. Whether addressing medical futility disputes or smoking bans Professor Pope is especially concerned with exploring the justifiability of limitations on individual liberty. His work has appeared in law reviews, bar journals, medical journals, nursing journals, bioethics journals, and book chapters. He authors a regular column for the Journal of Clinical Ethics. And he writes about legislative, judicial, regulatory, medical, and other developments concerning end-of-life medical treatment conflicts for the Medical Futility Blog.
Professor Pope’s engagement with these issues goes beyond scholarship. For example, he has participated both as appellate counsel and as expert witness in cutting-edge litigation. He has been invited to testify before the President’s Council on Bioethics and the Texas House of Representatives. He has served as legal consultant to several Policy Statement groups of the American Thoracic Society. And Professor Pope helped draft MOLST regulations for the state of Delaware.
Before joining academia, Professor Pope clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and practiced as a corporate litigator with Arnold & Porter LLP in Los Angeles and Washington, DC. Professor Pope was graduated from Georgetown University, where he received both his J.D. and a Ph.D. in philosophy and bioethics. He earned his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh with highest honors and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.