Harvard Law Climenko Fellow James Toomey to Join the Faculty of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University

December 20, 2021
Professor James Toomey

The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University is pleased to announce that James Toomey will join its faculty in Fall 2022 as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Law. Professor Toomey is currently a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the faculty at Haub Law,” said Professor Toomey. “It’s a unique opportunity to help build a burgeoning Health Law program, to engage with a dynamic and thoughtful faculty in scholarship, and to teach a passionate community of students.” Professor Toomey’s research and scholarship focuses on health law and bioethics, with an emphasis on elder law.

"Professor Toomey is doing cutting-edge scholarship at the intersection of bioethics, health law, and elder law, all of which are going to be key areas in the coming years," said Associate Dean of Faculty Development & Operations Emily Gold Waldman. "We are so excited that he is joining us, and his expertise will add to our growing Health Law program."

Professor Toomey received his JD, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he was a Student Fellow at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics. In addition, he received the Harvard Distinction in Teaching Award for his work as a Teaching Fellow for Professor Michael Sandel’s undergraduate class “Money, Markets, and Morals,” and served as the Executive Editor for Online for the Harvard National Security Journal. After law school, he clerked for Judge Stanley Marcus on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Professor Toomey received his BA from Cornell University with degrees in English, summa cum laude, and Government, magna cum laude, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and wrote award-winning honors theses in both majors.

“At Haub Law, we have long offered robust training in many areas of law, including health law and policy. Professor Toomey’s strong commitment and expertise in this area, along with others, will be an asset to Haub Law as we strive to meet the high demand for lawyers in a variety of contexts,” said Dean Horace Anderson.

Professor Toomey’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in the North Carolina Law Review, the Elder Law Journal, the Journal of Law and the Biosciences, the American Journal of Law and Medicine, the American Journal of Bioethics – Empirical Bioethics, and the Canadian Journal of Bioethics. His most recent publications include, Narrative Capacity, 100 N.C. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2022), As Long As I’m Me”: From Personhood to Personal Identity in Dementia and Decisionmaking, 4 Canadian J. of Bioethics 57 (June 1, 2021) and How to End Our Stories: A Study of the Perspectives of Seniors on Dementia and Decision-Making, 29 Elder L.J. 1 (2021).

About Elisabeth Haub School of Law

Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University offers J.D. and Masters of Law degrees in both Environmental and International Law, as well as a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) in Environmental Law. The school, housed on the University’s campus in White Plains, N.Y., opened its doors in 1976 and has more than 9,00 alumni around the world. The school maintains a unique philosophy and approach to legal education that strikes an important balance between practice and theory. Haub Law launched its Environmental Law Program in 1978, and it has long been ranked among the world’s leading university programs, with a current #1 ranking by U.S. News & World Report. Pace’s doctoral graduates teach environmental law at universities around the world. Pace’s J.D. alumni are prominent in environmental law firms, agencies and non-profit organizations across the U.S. and abroad. In 2016, the Law School received a transformational gift from the family of Elisabeth Haub, in recognition of its outstanding environmental law programs. For more information about Haub Law, visit http://law.pace.edu

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