Marguerite Chapman

Marguerite Chapman

Emeritus Professor of LawJohn Rogers Hall 
marguerite-chapman@utulsa.eduPublicationsCurriculum Vitae

Professor Marguerite Chapman created and directed the Health Law Certificate Program at the University of Tulsa College of Law and previously has served as Associate Dean (Academic Affairs) of the law school.  She specializes in health care law and biomedical ethics.  Her law review article on the rights of the terminally ill was cited by Chief Justice Rehnquist in the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark "right to die" decision, Cruzan v. Director, Missouri Department of Health.  

Professor Chapman has presented papers on issues in biomedical ethics and the law at international conferences on health law and ethics and human rights round tables in Sydney, Australia; London, England; Toronto, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec; Oxford, England; and Boston, MA.. She has made "grand rounds" presentations to physicians and medical students for several different clinical training programs at a number of different medical centers, including her grand rounds lecture at National Children's Hospital in Dublin, Ireland (June 2001).  Professor Chapman taught Comparative Health Law and Bioethics for TU at University College - Dublin, Ireland (summer 2001).

Since joining TU, Professor Chapman has organized and chaired or co-chaired major programs and conferences on topics such as  "Elder Care: Critical Issues for Aging Family Members," "The Undertreatment and Neglect of Pain," "Fateful Health Care Decisions," "Life or Death: Who Decides?," "Australian Law Reform and the Regulation of the New Biomedical Technologies," and the "The Human Genome Project: Ethical, Legal, and Societal Issues."   She has also made over 200 appearances as a lecturer, panelist, or speaker to local, state, and national audiences since joining TU.  She has served as co-chair of the Elder Abuse Task Force Coalition in Oklahoma from 1999-2001.

Professor Chapman was the first female TU law faculty member to receive the University's Distinguished Teaching Award (1988).

Professor Chapman is the only member of the TU law faculty who has been honored during Commencement Exercises (May 2000) with the University's "Medicine Wheel Award" for "meritorious contributions toward improving the well being of our citizens and community."  Her work was praised for having "clarified and enhanced the rights of patients and health care consumers, has assisted patients in need of organ or tissue donation to find suitable donors, has helped make pediatric medical and mental health care available to low income children and adolescents, has helped secure prenatal and predictive testing services for families with inherited diseases, and has served to protect the interests of patients who are subjects of medical research or desire to participate in clinical trials of new drugs."

Professor Chapman has served as a peer reviewer for the American Journal of Human Genetics, the American Journal of Medical Genetics, the Medical Research Council of Canada, and the Canadian Human Genome Project. She has been an invited editorialist for both the American Journal of Human Genetics and the American Journal of Medical Genetics.  Her publications on genetics, ethics, and the law have been the focus of interviews by both National Public Radio (Boston) and the Voice of America (Washington, D.C.).

Professor Chapman was appointed by the President Pro Tem of the Oklahoma Senate to the Oklahoma Task Force on the Prevention of Genetic Discrimination (1996-98).  The two-year work of this Task Force resulted in the enactment by the Oklahoma legislature of the Genetic Nondiscrimination in Insurance Act of 1998 and the Genetic Nondiscrimination in Employment Act of 1998.  Professor Chapman served as a consultant for three years on the advisory panel for a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Human Genome grant project at Indiana University to develop ethical and legal guidelines for genetic screening for adult-onset genetic disorders.  The work of this group culminated in the publication of the book, Early Warning: Cases and Ethical Guidance for Presymptomatic Testing in Genetic Diseases (David H.Smith, et al. Indiana University Press 1998).

Professor Chapman served for over a decade on the Institutional Review board of the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, which must approve, modify, or disapprove most biomedical and behavioral research at the college involving human subjects.   Professor Chapman was appointed in 1992 an associate member of the graduate faculty of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center's College of Public Health program in Tulsa, teaching Public Health Law to graduate students in the public health administration and related programs.  In 1991, she was one of nine law professors selected from the nation to participate in the Cleveland Clinic's annual summer  Medical Institute for Law Faculty. 

Professor Chapman served for many years as a member and vice president of the Boards of Trustees of Hillcrest Healthcare System's H.A.C. Institute of Medical Genetics and the Children's Medical Center (CMC) in Tulsa.  She also worked closely with HHC's Institute of Medical Genetics on a number of projects, including the Huntington Disease Pre-Symptomatic Testing Program and the Pre-Implantation Genetic Screening Project.

Professor Chapman's past activities include membership on the Board of Directors of the Familial Alzheimer's Disease Research Foundation and the Children's Medical Center Foundation.  She has also served on a number of committees of the Tulsa Chapter of the American Red Cross involved in organ and tissue transplantation and the bone marrow registry.  She was awarded the American Red Cross' bronze medallion for her work in support of the tissue transplantation program. 

Education and Degrees Earned

  • University of Arkansas (Fayetteville)  Bachelor of Arts (English)  
  • University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) Juris Doctor
  • George Washington University  LL.M. [Highest Honors]

Areas of Academic Specialty

  • End-of-Life Care (Legal and Ethical Issues)
  • Legal and Ethical Issues involving Genetic Testing
  • Legal Issues and the Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly
  • Medical Errors and Physician Apology Laws
  • Jewish Medical Ethics
  • Informed Consent to Medical Treatment
  • Long Term Care Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Legal and Ethical Considerations in the Medical Treatment of Children

Previous Teaching Experience

  • 1996-2013 Director, Health Law Certificate Program
  • 1991-92 Associate Dean (Academic Affairs)
  • Spring 1991 Visiting Associate Professor of Law, University of Illinois 
  • 1992-2002 Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Oklahoma College of Public Health
  • 1986-Date Faculty Adviser, Law & Medicine Society, TU College of Law
  • 1996-Date Faculty Adviser, Health Law Moot Court Competition Program

Previous Relevant Work Experience

  • 1979-82 Director, Field Legal Services & Attorney-Advisor, U.S. Dept. HUD, Wash.,DC
  • 1976-79 Acting Area Counsel & Atty-Adv, U.S. DHUD, Little Rock, AR 

Professional Affiliations

  • American Health Lawyers Association, Academia Advisory Board, Member, 2006-08.
  • 2005-Date, Member, Board of Advisers, Oklahoma Center for Consumer and Patient Safety. 
  • Faculty Chair & Organizer, "Symposium on Health, Ethics & Legal Issues for the Next Generation," 2006 Annual Meeting, American Association for the Advancement of Science - Southwest & Rocky Mountain Region, April 7, 2006.
  • 2007-08, Member, University of Tulsa Research Council
  • 2006-07, President, TU Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa
  • 2002-03, President, University of Tulsa Faculty Senate
  • Co-chair, 1999-2002, Elder Abuse Task Force Coalition (1999-2002) [a coalition of approximately 30 governmental agency representatives and nonprofit organizations who seek to develop and implement a multidisciplinary, multiagency approach to address the problems of elder abuse and neglect].
  • Member, American Bar Association (Member, Sections on Health Law; Torts, Insurance, and               Practice; and Law, Science, and Technology).;
  • Member, American Society of Law, Medicine, & Ethics.

Courses Taught at TU

  • Advanced Torts - Health Law
  • Bioethics and the Law
  • Comparative Bioethics and the Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Decedents Estates and Trust Law
  • Health Care Organizations, Finance and the Law
  • Law, Medicine and Ethics
  • Property Law I and II
  • Torts

Awards & Recognition

  • 1983 TU Black Law Students Assn Faculty Service Award
  • 1992 University of Arkansas Winthrop Rockefeller Distinguished Lecturer
  • 1988 University of Tulsa Distinguished Teaching Award
  • 2002-06 TU Law & Medicine Society Faculty Service Awards
  • 2002-2004 TU Board of Advocates Recognition for Faculty Service
  • 2000 University of Tulsa Medicine Wheel Award
  • 1987-88 TU Student Bar Assn Outstanding First Year Teaching Award
  • 1986-87 TU Student Bar Assn Outstanding First Year Teaching Award
  • 1988 American Red Cross Professional Education Award - Organ Transplantation
  • 1990 American Red Cross Bronze Medallion - Outstanding Service Award