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He Lets the Constitution Be His Guide
Friday, May 26, 2017
Prof. Michael Shapiro sees bioethics and constitutional law as "mutually illuminating"
In Michael H. Shapiro’s office, stacks, piles and heaps of paper cover almost every horizontal surface. “I’ve got stuff on the floor back there from the 1994 earthquake,” the professor says. To retrieve anything from underneath he’d have to dig deep, something he enjoys doing — though in a different context.
He likes getting to the bottom of questions. The Dorothy W. Nelson Professor of Law and a specialist in bioethics and in constitutional law, Shapiro especially enjoys analyzing the issues that advances in the biomedical sciences generate. Take gestational surrogacy: If a woman gives birth to a child created in vitro from another woman’s egg, who is the mother?
|Prof. Michael Shapiro, a specialist in bioethics and constitutional law, photographed in his office.|
Washington Post Publisher Challenges and Inspires
May 17, 2018
Gould alum Fred Ryan urges new lawyers to keep pace with “disruptive change”
Standout Ceremony for LLM Commencement
May 17, 2018
Representing 46 countries, Class of 2018 is Gould's most diverse ever
Another Person’s Shoes
May 8, 2018
Nigerian lawyer Sharon Obuns wants to use her LLM degree to raise awareness for the benefits of mediation