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Philip Peters Jr.

Ruth L. Hulston Professor
School of Law


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Peters, Philip

Professor Peters is the Ruth L. Hulston Professor of Law at the University of Missouri School of Law. His specialty is health law. Throughout his career, he has made important contributions to the field with his scholarship on topics such as the medical malpractice standard of care, the withholding of life support, the tension between cost control and disability rights, and the regulation of reproductive technology. More recently, he has examined contemporary education reform proposals with special attention to those with the potential to reduce the race and poverty achievement gaps.

In 2001 he was a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University, where he worked on a book about the regulation of risky reproductive technologies. It was published in the spring of 2004 by Oxford University Press.

At the MU School of Law, Professor Peters regularly teaches “Health Care Law & Policy,” “Genetics Law & Policy” and “Torts.” In addition, he is often a guest speaker at the mu Schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, the Molecular Biology program, and other departments across campus.

Professor Peters graduated with honors from Harvard College in 1972, received a one-year fellowship for advanced study at the University of Edinburgh, and completed his academic training at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received his J.D., Order of the Coif, in 1976.

He began his career as a civil rights lawyer in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and then spent several years in private practice specializing in medical malpractice and product liability defense. After joining the MU faculty in 1986, he was elected to membership of the American Law Institute, a highly respected academy of lawyers, judges and scholars.

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