Thaddeus Mason Pope is Director of the Health Law Institute and Associate Professor of Law at Hamline University. He is an Adjunct Professor with the Australian Centre for Health Law Research at Queensland University of Technology. He is Adjunct Associate Professor for the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College. In 2014, Professor Pope is chair-elect of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Law, Medicine, and Health Care, and a member of the American Society of Bioethics & Humanities (ASBH) Program Committee.
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 the New England Journal of Medicine,JAMA, Chest, and theAmerican Journal of Bioethics. And he is a contributor to the the new Encyclopedia of Bioethics (4th ed.). Professor Pope coauthors the definitive treatise The Right to Die: The Law of End-of-Life Decisionmaking (Wolters-Kluwer).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 & Advocacy
Professor Pope’s engagement with these issues goes well beyond academic 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 voting 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. Professor Pope helped draft MOLST regulations for the state of Delaware, and now co-chairs the Minnesota POLST Task Force.
Legal & Bioethics Experience
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