Seema Mohapatra
Associate Professor of Law

Seema Mohapatra


(321) 206-5655


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

Classes Taught

Health Care Law
Torts I and II
Business Organizations
Public Health Law
Women’s Health and the Law


Professor Seema Mohapatra is an expert in the areas of health care law, public health law, international family and health law, and bioethics. Her research focuses of various areas related to health care law and biotechnology. She often writes about the intersection of biosciences and the law, international family and health law, health care disparities in the United States, and informed consent. Professor Mohapatra 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. Professor Mohapatra has been invited to speak at numerous symposia, and has been asked to comment on her research by media outlets, including the New York Times, the Times of India, the Huffington Post, and National Public Radio.

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.

Professor Mohapatra’s recent articles have been published in the Wake Forest Law Review, 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 has also authored two chapters on international surrogacy laws.

Recent Publications:

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

Selected Publications:

No Pain, No Gain: How 'Objective' is Neuroimaging for Women and Minorities?, Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy, (Forthcoming, 2015)

Adopting an International Convention on Surrogacy -- A Lesson from Intercountry Adoption, Loyola University Chicago International Law Review (Invited Symposium Submission) (Forthcoming, 2015)

Use of Facial Recognition Technology for Medical Purposes: Balancing Privacy with Innovation, PEPPERDINE LAW REVIEW (Forthcoming, 2015)

Time to Lift the Veil of Inequality in Health Care Coverage: Using Corporate Law to Defend the Affordable Care Act’s Reproductive Health Care Mandate, 50 WAKE FOREST LAW REVIEW 137 (Spring 2015).

Using Egg Freezing for Non-Medical Reasons: Fertility Insurance or False Hope?, HARVARD LAW & POLICY REVIEW, 8 HARVARD LAW & POLICY REVIEW 381 (Summer 2014)

False Framings: The Co-Opting Of Sex-Selection By The Anti-Abortion Movement, Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics (Peer-Reviewed Invited Commentary, Forthcoming 2015).

Fertility Preservation for Cancer Patients and Reproductive Justice, 30 HARVARD JOURNAL ON RACIAL & ETHNIC JUSTICE 193 (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).

Examining Global Legal Responses to Prenatal Gender Identification and Sex Selection: A Bioethical Analysis, 13 NEVADA LAW JOURNAL 690 (Spring 2013).

Stateless Babies and Adoption Scams: 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, 26 WISCONSIN JOURNAL OF LAW, GENDER & SOCIETY 241 (2011).