Roy G.
Spece, Jr.
John D. Lyons Professor of Law
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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.

Representative Publications

  • (Implicit) Consent to Intimacy, 50 Ind. L. Rev. 907 (2017) (co-author, with John K. Hilton & Jeffrey N. Younggren).
  • 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


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

California State University, Long Beach

Graduated summa cum laude; First in graduating class; received award as University's top scholar/athlete

Admitted to Practice


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
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)