About USC Gould
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Michael H. Shapiro
USC Gould School of Law
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- SAKS INSTITUTE FOR MENTAL HEALTH LAW, POLICY, AND ETHICS
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Michael H. Shapiro specializes in bioethics and in constitutional law, and in particular, medical and legal ethical issues surrounding research and experimentation; reproductive, genetic, and behavior control; and death and dying. He taught Constitutional Law and Bioethics and Law.
A prolific author on medical ethics and legal questions in the advent of new technologies, Shapiro has written Cases, Materials, and Problems on Bioethics and Law, 2nd ed. (with others, Thomson West, 2003), “Human Enhancement Uses of Biotechnology, Policy, Technological Enhancement and Human Equality” in Encyclopedia of Ethical, Legal, and Policy Issues in Biotechnology (Wiley, 2000), and “The Identity of Identity: Moral and Legal Aspects of Technological Self-Transformation” (Journal of Social Philosophy and Policy, 2005).
Professor Shapiro earned his BA and MA from the
- Cases, Materials, and Problems on Bioethics and Law, 2nd ed. (with others) (Thomson West, 2003).
- Biological and Behavioral Technologies and the Law (editor and author) (Praeger, 1982).
- Bioethics and the Law: Cases, Materials, and Problems (with Roy G. Spece, Jr.) (West, 1981; 1985 and 1991 Supplements).
Articles and Book Chapters
- "Updating Constitutional Doctrine: An Extended Response to the Critique of Compulsory Vaccination." 12 Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics 87 (2012). - (Hein)
- "What Should Insurance Insure in the PPACA Age? On Paying for Other People's Reproductive Decisions and Ambitions." 33 Whittier Law Review 27 (2011). - (Hein)
- “Argument Selection in Constitutional Law: Choosing and Reconstructing Conceptual Systems.” 18 Southern California Review of Law & Social Justice 209 (2009). - (SSRN)
- “Individual Rights, Just Access to Health Care, and Public Health Measures in ‘Normal’ Times and in Times of Crisis: Changes in Basic Principles, or Changes in Their Application, or Both?” In Bioterrorism and Human Rights (Roy Branson, ed.) (Center for Law and Public Policy with the Center for Christian Ethics, Loma Linda University, 2005).
- “The Identity of Identity: Moral and Legal Aspects of Technological Self-Transformation.” 22 (2) Social Philosophy and Policy 308 (2005).
- "David Carroll Did Not Want to Be a Role Model.” 78 Southern California Law Review 9 (2004). - (Hein)
- “On the Possibility of ‘Progress’ in Managing Biomedical Technologies: Markets, Lotteries, and Rational Moral Standards in Organ Transplantation” (Symposium: Thinking About Biomedical Advances: The Role of Ethics and Law). 31 Capital University Law Review 13 (2003). - (Hein)
- “Does Technological Enhancement of Human Traits Threaten Human Equality and Democracy?” 39 San Diego Law Review 769 (2002). - (Hein)
- "Constitutional Adjudication and Standards of Review under Pressure from Biological Technologies." 11 Health Matrix 351 (Summer 2001).
- "Human Enhancement Uses of Biotechnology, Policy, Technological Enhancement and Human Equality." In Encyclopedia of Ethical, Legal, and Policy Issues in Biotechnology (Thomas H. Murray and Maxwell Mehlman, eds.) (Wiley, 2000).
- "An Orphan's Story: What We Do at USC Law." 74 Southern California Law Review 311 (2000). - (Hein)
- "I Want a Girl (Boy), Just Like the Girl (Boy) That Married Dear Old Dad (Mom): Cloning Lives." 9 Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal 1 (1999). - (Hein)
- "The Impact of Genetic Enhancement on Equality." 34 Wake Forest Law Review 561 (1999). - (Hein)
- "Is Bioethics Broke? On the Idea of Ethics and Law 'Catching Up' with Technology." 33 Indiana Law Review 17 (1999). - (Hein)
- "Lawyers, Judges and Bioethics." 5 Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal 113 (1997). - (Hein)
- "Illicit Reasons and Means for Reproduction: On Excessive Choice and Categorical and Technological Imperatives." 47 Hastings Law Journal 1081 (1996). - (Hein)
- "How (Not) to Think About Surrogacy and Other Reproductive Innovations" (Symposium: Surrogacy Legislation in California). 28 University of San Francisco Law Review 647 (1994). - (Hein)
- "Law, Culpability, and the Neural Sciences." In The Neurotransmitter Revolution: Serotonin, Social Behavior, and the Law (R. Masters & M. McGuire, eds.) (Southern Illinois University Press, 1994).
- "Regulation as Language: Communicating Values By Altering the Contingencies of Choice" (Symposium on Biotechnology Law). 55 University of Pittsburgh Law Review 681 (1994). - (Hein)
FACULTY IN THE NEWS
Franita Tolson was interviewed about how federal lawsuits from North Carolina, Alabama, and Arkansas test the limits of the Voting Rights Act, the boundaries of state government authority, and the ability of voting rights groups to file racial gerrymandering cases. “These doctrines and approaches in these cases fundamentally reset the rules of the game,” she said. “In 2030 we will live in a completely different world than we lived in in 2020, and 2020 was not favorable to minority voters at all.”
"Saltwater Sovereignty: Tribal Marine Management Authority Along the Pacific Coast.” Online Environmental Law Workshop. University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, MD.
“Comment on Choi, Erickson, & Pritchard, ‘Coalitions among Plaintiffs’ Attorneys in Securities Class Actions’,” Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, Virtual, Toronto, ON, Canada.
“Who’s on First? The Mind-Blowing Attempt to Conceptualize Deference in the Midst of Decision Delays and Agency Repeals,” J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Environmental Law Symposium for the George Washington University School of Law, Virtual, Washington, D.C.