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Faculty Profile

Roy G. Spece

John D. Lyons Professor of Law


E-mail:  Roy G. Spece
Office Number: 207
Office Phone: (520) 621-1974

Courses Taught:
Law & Medicine (Substantial Paper) - Law 696N
Health Care Litigation: Representation of Individuals and Entities (Co-meets with 696N 06, Substantial Paper) - Law 654B
Bioethics and Law - Law 654A
Bioethics and Medical Litigation (Meets with 696n006) - Law 654
Constitutional Law II - Law 615
Law & Medicine (Exam) - Law 613
Health Law - Law 610
Constitutional Law - Law 606

Curriculum Vitae
SSRN Published Papers

Biographical Information

Professor Roy G. Spece, Jr. graduated first in his class at the University of Southern California Gould School Of Law and then practiced with the national firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher before joining the University of Arizona faculty. He teaches constitutional law, health law, bioethics & law, and medical litigation. He has published numerous books, book chapters, and articles focusing on the intersections among law, medicine, science, and ethics, particularly focusing on constitutional issues and rights of vulnerable populations in those settings. His publications include Bioethics and Law:  Cases, Materials, and Problems (M. Shapiro, R. Spece, et al. eds., 2d ed., Thomson/West Publishing Company 2003); and Conflicts of Interest in Clinical Research and Practice (R. Spece, D. Shimm, and A. Buchanan eds., Oxford University Press 1996). His writings helped establish two fields of interdisciplinary study:  bioethics and law and conflicts of interest. He is a member of the Arizona and California Bars and is a Fellow of the American Association for Justice (formerly American Trial Lawyers Association). He is a former President of the University of Arizona Faculty Association and Chairman of the Law & Medicine Section of the American Association of Law Schools.


University of Southern California, J.D. (1972) Graduated with Highest Honors; First in class; Order of the Coif; Law Alumni Award; Note & Article editor, Southern California Law Review
California State University, Long Beach, B.A. (1972) Graduated summa cum laude; First in graduating class; received award as University's top scholar/athlete

Admitted to Practice


Professional Work Experience

Professor of Law, James E. Rogers College of Law, 1975 - present
Professor, Medical Jurisprudence Course, University of Arizona College of Medicine, 1975 - 2000
Associate, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Los Angeles, California, 1972 - 1975

Representative Publications

An Empirical Method for Materiality: Would Conflict of Interest Disclosures Change Patient Decisions?, 40 Am. J.L. & Med. 253 (2014) (co-author with David Yokum, Andrea-Gale Okoro, & Christopher Robertson).
Constitutional Attacks Against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's "Mandating" that Certain Individuals and Employers Purchase Insurance While Restricting Purchase by Undocumented Immigrants and Women Seeking Abortion Coverage, 38 N. Ky. L. Rev. 489 (2011).
Medical Tourism: Protecting Patients from Conflicts of Interest in Broker's Fees Paid by Foreign Providers, 6 J. Health & Biomedical L. 1 (2010).
Cases, Materials, and Problems on Bioethics and Law (2d ed. 2003) (co-editor, with Michael H. Shapiro, Rebecca. Dresser, & Ellen Wright Clayton).
Fourth Amendment Restrictions on Scientific Misconduct Proceedings at Public Universities, 11 Health Matrix: J.L. & Med. 571 (2001) (co-author, with John J. Marchalonis), reprinted in 29 Search & Seizure L. Rep. 49 (Aug. 2002).
Conflicts of Interest in Clinical Research and Practice (1996) (co-editor, with David S. Shimm & Allen E. Buchanan).
Complete List of Publications


Numerous presentations to academic, professional, governmental, and civic groups regarding constitutional law and the interface between law and the health care and biomedical technology industries. 


Fellow, American Trial Lawyers Association
Member, American Association of University Professors
President, Arizona Chapter, 1990 - 1991

Public Service

Member, Vestry, Grace Episcopal Church 1987 - 1989
Member, Arizona Study Commission on Insurance 1986
Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Law & Human Behavior 1985 - 1989
Member, Board of Directors, El Pueblo Neighborhood Health Care Clinic 1984 - 1986
Chief, YMCA Indian Guides 1984 - 1986
Chairman, Law & Medicine Section, American Association of Law Schools 1982
Consultant, Center for Technology Assessment & Policy Research 1977 (on study done for National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical & Behavioral Research)

Institutional Service

Senator, University of Arizona Senate 1995; 1997 - present
President, University of Arizona Faculty Association 1980


Last Updated: 02/26/2014