Michael H. Shapiro
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 UCLA and earned his JD from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was associate editor of the University of Chicago Law Review. He practiced with Swerdlow, Glikbarg & Shimer; was a staff attorney with California Rural Legal Assistance; and was a staff attorney, assistant director of litigation, and acting director of litigation at the Western Center on Law & Poverty. Shapiro lectured at USC Gould School of Law in 1966 and joined the USC Gould faculty again in 1970. He also has taught at Yale Law School and UCLA Law School. Shapiro sat on the Institutional Review Board for Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center, reviewed proposals to Study the Human Genome Project for the U.S. Department of Energy, and is a member of the Pacific Council for Health Policy and Ethics.