Director, Health Law Institute, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Professor of Law, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Adjunct Professor, Australian Centre for Health Law Research, Queensland University of Technology
Adjunct Associate Professor, Alden March Bioethics Institute, Albany Medical College
Visiting Professor of Medical Jurisprudence, St. George's University (Grenada, West Indies)
Affiliate Faculty, University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics
Visiting Researcher, Brocher Foundation (July 2020)
John & Marsha Ryan Bioethicist in Residence, Southern Illinois University (April 2015)
Major Professional Positions
Co-chair, Minnesota POLST Task Force
Director at Large, American Society of Bioethics & Humanities (ASBH) (2015 to 2018)
Voting Member, MEDCAC (CMS Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee) (2012 to 2018)
Executive Committee, Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Law, Medicine, and Health Care (2014 to 2018)
Research & Scholarship
In his scholarship, Pope focuses on four main areas:
Public health ethics
Whether addressing medical futility disputes or smoking bans, Professor Pope is especially concerned with exploring the justifiability of private and public limitations on individual liberty. He wants to ensure that the treatment patients get matches the treatment patients want.
Professor Pope has over 200 publications in: law reviews, bar journals, medical journals, nursing journals, bioethics journals, and book chapters. He has been published in:
New England Journal of Medicine
American Journal of Bioethics
New York Times
Los Angeles Times
Among his other publications, Professor Pope authors or has authored:
The definitive treatise, The Right to Die: The Law of End-of-Life Decisionmaking (with Meisel and Cerminara)
Multiple entries for the new Encyclopedia of Bioethics
A regular "Legal Briefing" for the Journal of Clinical Ethics (over 25 in print)
A "Law and Ethics" column for The ASCO Post (over 10 in print)
The Medical Futility Blog, covering legislative, judicial, regulatory, medical, and other developments concerning end-of-life medical treatment conflicts (over 4 million pageviews)
Service & Advocacy
Professor Pope’s engagement with these health law and bioethics issues goes well beyond academic scholarship. He has served as legal consultant on several American Thoracic Society official statements. as well as other professional organization policy statements. And Pope has participated with lawmaking in all three branches of government.
Judicial: Pope has argued and testified both as appellate counsel and as expert witness in cutting-edge healthcare litigation in state and federal courts from California to New Jersey.
Legislative: Professor Pope has been invited to testify before both the President’s Council on Bioethics and the Texas House of Representatives.
Administrative: Professor Pope was a voting member of MEDCAC, the Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee. He helped draft MOLST regulations for the state of Delaware, and now co-chairs the Minnesota POLST Task Force.
Legal & Bioethics Experience
Before joining Mitchell Hamline in 2012, Professor Pope taught at the Widener University School of Law from 2007 to 2011, and at the University of Memphis from 2005 to 2007.
Before joining academia, Pope clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and practiced for seven years 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 JD and a PhD in philosophy and bioethics. He earned his BA (in philosophy) from the University of Pittsburgh with highest honors and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Health Law Bioethics Patient Rights
Clinical Ethics Torts Medical Liability
End-of-Life Informed Consent Public Health Ethics
End-of-Life, especially medical futility conflicts, brain death, and legal obstacles to good end-of-life healthcare
Informed Consent and the use of certified patient decision aids to avoid unwanted medical treatment
Internal Dispute Resolution mechanisms like healthcare ethics committees
Tort Law, particularly consent and the assumption of risk doctrine
Public Health Law, particularly the justifiability of limiting substantially voluntary, self-regarding conduct
Normative Jurisprudence, particularly the justifiability of hard paternalism
Stimulate legal and policy change to improve public health
Remove legal obstacles to appropriate medical treatment
Contribute to the field of health law and bioethics knowledge
Health Quality & LiabilityMedical Law at End of Life