Michael P. Moreland
Professor of Law
Professor Michael Moreland joined the Villanova faculty in 2006. Professor Moreland received his B.A. in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, his M.A. and Ph.D. in theological ethics from Boston College, and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. His scholarly interests focus on torts, bioethics, and law and religion. At Villanova, he teaches Torts, Evidence, Bioethics and the Law, Advanced Torts, Justice and Rights (1L elective), and seminars in bioethics and in Catholic social thought. Following law school, Professor Moreland clerked for the Honorable Paul J. Kelly, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and was an associate at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., where he represented clients in First Amendment, professional liability, and products liability matters. Before coming to Villanova, he served as Associate Director for Domestic Policy at the White House, where he worked on a range of legal policy issues, including criminal justice, immigration, civil rights, and liability reform.
During academic year 2010-11, Professor Moreland was the Forbes Visiting Fellow in the James Madison Program at Princeton University. Professor Moreland also received a summer fellowship from the consortium of institutes for advanced study (SIAS) to spend two weeks in Berlin (2009) and two weeks in Ann Arbor, Michigan (2010) studying comparative federalism and constitutionalism with a group of junior scholars convened by Daniel Halberstam (University of Michigan) and Christoph Möllers (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin).
Professor Moreland’s publications include: "Circulatory Arrest in a Brain Dead Organ Donor: Is it Ethical to Provide Cardiac Compression?," Journal of Intensive Care Medicine (2009) (co-author); “Institutional Conscience and Religious Freedom,” Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy (2009); “A Legal Revolution? The Bush Administration’s Effect on the Judiciary and Civil Justice Reform,” in Judging Bush (Stanford University Press, 2009) (co-author); "Universalism and Particularism in Bioethics: Lessons from Theological Ethics," 21 Law & Literature 415 (2009); “Implications of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) of 2008,” in Mendel in the 21st Century: The Scientific, Social, and Ethical Impact of Genetics in Our World (Royal Society of Chemistry, forthcoming) (co-author); “Parental Refusal of Medical Treatment for a Newborn,” 28 Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 427 (2007) (co-author); “Religious Free Exercise and Anti-discrimination Law,” 70 Albany Law Review 1417 (2007); “Tort Reform by Regulation: FDA Prescription Drug Labeling Rules and Preemption of State Tort Claims,” 1 Journal of Health and Life Sciences Law 39 (2007); “Silence Is Not Always Golden in Medical Decision-Making,” 7 American Journal of Bioethics 39 (2007) (co-author); and “Howe v. MGH and Hudson v. Texas Children’s Hospital: Two Approaches to Resolving Family–Physician Disputes in End-of-Life Care,” 26 Journal of Perinatology 726 (2006) (co-author).
Courses and Seminars
- Torts I
- Torts II
- Bioethics and the Law
- Catholic Social Teaching and the Law
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