Roy G. Spece, Jr.

Roy G. Spece, Jr.

John D. Lyons Professor of Law

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. 


Curriculum Vitae

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Representative Publications


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

Admitted to Practice

  • Arizona
  • California

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


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

Public & Institutional Service

  • Member, Vestry, Grace Episcopal Church
    1987 - 1989
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Law & Human Behavior
    1985 - 1989
  • Member, Arizona Study Commission on Insurance
  • 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
  • Consultant, Center for Technology Assessment & Policy Research
    1977 (on study done for National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical & Behavioral Research)
Civil Rights Law
Constitutional Law
Health Law
Law & Bioethics