Thaddeus Mason Pope is Director of the Health Law Institute and Associate Professor of Law at Hamline University. He is also Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at Albany Medical College, where he teaches for the Alden March Bioethics Institute. This year, Professor Pope is a Network Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University.
Research & Scholarship
In his scholarship, Professor Pope focuses on three main areas: (1) patient rights, (2) end-of-life medicine and (3) 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.
Professor Pope has over 100 publications in: law reviews, bar journals, medical journals, nursing journals, bioethics journals, and book chapters. His articles have been published in JAMA, the New England Journal of Medicine, Chest, and the American Journal of Bioethics. 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 both the Medical Futility Blog and Bioethics.net.
Service & Adocacy
Professor Pope’s engagement with these issues goes well beyond scholarship. For example, he has participated both as appellate counsel and as expert witness in cutting-edge healthcare litigation. He has been invited to testify before both the President’s Council on Bioethics and the Texas House of Representatives. He is a member of MEDCAC, the Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee. 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 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, he 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 J.D. and a Ph.D. in philosophy and bioethics. He earned his B.A. (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 Decisions Informed Consent Public Health Ethics
Medical Futility and other legal obstacles to good end-of-life care