Seema Mohapatra

Seema Mohapatra
Associate Professor of Law


(321) 206-5655


JD, Northwestern University
MPH, Yale University
BA, Johns Hopkins University

Classes Taught

Health Care Law
Torts I and II
Business Organizations
Various Health Law and Bioethics-related Seminars


Professor Seema Mohapatra is an expert in the areas of health care law, public health law, and bioethics. Her research focuses on the intersection of biosciences and the law, and she has published and presented extensively about international surrogacy, egg freezing and assisted reproductive technologies, as well as access to health care services and treatments for underserved groups such as women and minorities.

Prior to teaching, Professor Mohapatra practiced health law for several years at Sidley & Austin and Foley & Lardner. Professor Mohapatra received her JD degree from Northwestern University School of Law. Prior to attending law school, Professor Mohapatra received her Master’s in Public Health from Yale University, and her Bachelor's Degree in Natural Sciences (with a minor in Women's Studies) from Johns Hopkins University.

Her most recent article, “Time to Life the Veil of Inequality in Health Care Coverage: Using Corporate Law to Defend the Affordable Care Act,” will be published by the Wake Forest Law Review in Spring of 2015. Professor Mohapatra’s other recent articles have been published in Harvard Law and Policy Review, Harvard Journal for Racial & Ethnic Justice, University of Colorado Law Review, and the Nevada Law Journal, among others. Professor Mohapatra also recently authored a chapter on international surrogacy laws for the book Globalization and Transnational Surrogacy in India: Outsourcing Life, as well as a chapter on surrogacy in the United States for a soon-to-be-published volume based on an international conference where she was invited to present at the Brocher Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland.

Recent Publications:

Professor Mohapatra’s most recent publications can be found on the Social Science Research Network.

Selected Publications:

Oncofertility and Reproductive Justice, Harvard Journal for Racial & Ethnic Justice, (Spring 2014 Issue, Forthcoming)

Using Egg Freezing for Non-Medical Reasons: Fertility Insurance or False Hope? - Legal, Ethical, and Policy Considerations, Harvard Law & Policy Review(Spring 2014, Forthcoming),

Examining Global Legal Responses to Prenatal Gender Identification and Sex Selection: A Bioethical Analysis, 13 Nevada Law Journal 690 (Spring 2014),

Cutting the Cord from Private Cord Blood Banking: Encouraging Compensation for Public Cord Blood Donations, 84 University of Colorado Law Review 944 (Fall 2013),

Adoption Scandals and Stateless Babies: A Bioethical Analysis of Commercial Surrogacy, 30 Berkeley Journal of International Law 412 (2012).,

Unshackling Addiction: A Public Health Approach to Drug Use During Pregnancy, Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society (2011),

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