Michael P. Moreland

Professor of Law


Michael Moreland teaches and writes in the areas of torts, bioethics, and law and religion. He joined the Villanova faculty in 2006 and served as Vice Dean from 2012 to 2015. At Villanova, he has taught Torts, Evidence, Bioethics and the Law, Advanced Torts, Constitutional Law II (First Amendment and Equal Protection), Justice and Rights (1L elective), and seminars in law and religion.

During academic year 2015-16, Professor Moreland will be a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame and the Mary Ann Remick Senior Visiting Fellow at the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture. He was the Forbes Visiting Fellow at Princeton University in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions during academic year 2010-11. Professor Moreland served as the project leader for The Libertas Project, a program from 2013 to 2015 at Villanova sponsored by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation exploring religious and economic freedom in the context of law and religion in American public life.

Professor Moreland received his BA in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, his MA and PhD in theological ethics from Boston College, and his JD from the University of Michigan Law School. Following law school, Professor Moreland clerked for the Honorable Paul J. Kelly, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and was an associate at Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, DC, where he represented clients in First Amendment, professional liability, and products liability matters. Before coming to Villanova, he served as Associate Director for Domestic Policy at the White House under President George W. Bush, where he worked on a range of legal policy issues, including criminal justice, immigration, civil rights, and liability reform.

Practice Experience

  • Judicial Clerk to Hon. Paul J. Kelly, Jr., United States Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
  • Williams & Connolly LLP (Washington, D.C.)
  • The White House
  • Joined the faculty in 2006
Vice Dean Michael P. Moreland

Office: Rm 336, Law School Building
Phone: 610-519-3297
Fax: 610-519-6472
Email

Publications

Courses and Seminars

  • Torts I
  • Constitutional Law
  • Bioethics and the Law
  • Evidence
  • Justice & Rights
  • Catholic Social Teaching and the Law

Education

University of Michigan, JD

Boston College, MA, PhD

University of Notre Dame, BA