Associate Professor of Law
JD, Northwestern University
MPH, Yale University
BA, Johns Hopkins University
Teaching Interests and Courses Taught
Torts, Health Care Law, Family Law, Business Organizations, Health Law Related Seminars, Bioethics
Professor Seema Mohapatra received her JD from Northwestern University School of Law. Prior to attending law school, Professor Mohapatra received her Masters in Public Health from Yale University. Professor Mohapatra received her bachelor's degree in Natural Sciences and minor in Women's Studies from Johns Hopkins University.
Professor Mohapatra teaches a variety of courses including Torts, Business Organizations, and Health Care Law. Her current research interests include public health regulation of tobacco, infertility and oncofertility, assisted reproduction, surrogacy, and sex selective practices. She is happy to be teaching law in her hometown of Orlando.
Professor Mohapatra has published several articles and has authored a chapter on regulation of international surrogacy for an upcoming edited book on surrogacy in South Asia. Professor Mohapatra has presented her research at various conferences and symposia, include the National Health Law Professors Conference, SEALS, and the Law and Society International Conference.
Prior to beginning her teaching career, Professor Mohapatra practiced health law at Sidley Austin. Her practice with the firm involved counseling health care providers on state and federal fraud and abuse, regulatory, HIPAA, transactional, and corporate compliance matters. Professor Mohapatra also drafted and lobbied for various pieces of legislation involving children's health, including a measure requiring HIV testing of newborns. In addition, Professor Mohapatra co-authored a chapter on health privacy and HIPAA in the textbook entitled Telemedicine and E-Health Law. She previously taught as an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
Breaking the Habit of Hyperbole: The Case for Effective Graphic Tobacco Labels that Withstand First Amendment Challenges (working draft, will be submitted in September 2013).
Oncofertility and Reproductive Justice, Harvard Journal for Racial & Ethnic Justice, (Spring 2014 Issue, Forthcoming).
Reproductive Justice Perspectives on Egg Freezing, Women’s Rights Law Reporter (Beyond Roe Symposium), (Fall 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).
Achieving Reproductive Justice In The International Surrogacy Market, 21 Annals of Health Law 191 (2012).
Unshackling Addiction: A Public Health Approach to Drug Use During Pregnancy, Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society (2011).
A Race To The Bottom? The Need for International Regulation of the Rapidly Growing Global Surrogacy Market? in Gestational Surrogacy and The Womb For Rent Industry In India (Eds. S. DasGupta & S. Dasgupta) (forthcoming 2014).