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Lois Shepherd

Discipline: Law and Public Health Sciences
University of Virginia

Lois Shepherd, J.D., is the Wallenborn Professor of Biomedical Ethics at the University of Virginia, where she directs the programs in medicine and law at the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities. She is also a Professor of Public Health Sciences and Professor of Law at UVA. She received her B.A. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and her J.D. degree from Yale Law School. She is the co-author of a leading casebook in Bioethics and the Law, published by Aspen Publishers, which is its third edition, and the author of If That Ever Happens to Me: Making Life and Death Decisions After Terri Schiavo, published in 2009 by the University of North Carolina Press. Professor Shepherd has published many scholarly articles in health law and ethics in law reviews and other academic journals. She serves on the University of Virginia hospital ethics committee and institutional review board. She currently teaches courses in health care law and ethics in the law school, the medical school, the nursing school, and the College of Arts and Sciences, and recently participated in a University of Virginia comparative health law and ethics course taught in Israel. During her academic career, she has taught numerous other introductory and advanced courses in law and ethics, including a summer semester program at the University of West Indies.