James Toomey

  • Assistant Professor of Law
Assistant: Judy Jaeger
Preston Hall 317
(914) 422-4292


JD, Harvard Law School
BA, Cornell University

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Professor James Toomey joined the Haub Law faculty as an Assistant Professor of Law in 2022. He teaches Property, Contracts, Bioethics and Medical Malpractice, and Wills, Trusts and Estates. Professor Toomey’s scholarship focuses on health law, bioethics, private law theory, and elder law, and his work has been published or is forthcoming in a number of leading journals including the Virginia Law Review, the Washington University Law Review, the Indiana Law Journal, the North Carolina Law Review, the Harvard Journal on Legislation, the Elder Law Journal and the Journal of Law and the Biosciences. Prior to joining the Haub Law faculty, Professor Toomey was a Climenko Fellow & Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. Before that, he clerked for Judge Stanley Marcus on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Professor Toomey holds a JD, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, and a BA, summa cum laude, from Cornell University.


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Selected Publications:

Love, Liberalism, Substituted Judgment, 99 Ind. L. J. (forthcoming 2024)

"Religion," Before Darwin, 101 Wash. U. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2024)

Property’s Boundaries, 109 Va. L. Rev. 131 (2023)

The Age of Fraud, 60 Harv. J. Leg. 101 (2023)

Narrative Capacity, 100 N.C. L. Rev. 1073 (2022)

‘As Long as I’m Me’: From Personhood to Personal Identity in Dementia and Decision-Making, 4 Canadian J. Bioethics 57 (2021)

Constitutionalizing Nature’s Law: Dignity and the Regulation of Biotechnology in Switzerland, 7 J. L. & Biosciences 1 (2020)

Understanding the Perspectives of Seniors on Dementia and Decision-Making, 12 AJOB Empirical Bioethics 101 (2020)