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Carl E. Schneider, J.D.

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Carl E. Schneider is the Chauncey Stillman Professor of Ethics, Morality, and the Practice of Law, and is Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan. He was educated at Harvard College and the University of Michigan Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Michigan Law Review. He served as law clerk to Judge Carl McGowan of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and to Justice Potter Stewart of the United States Supreme Court. He became a member of the University of Michigan Law School faculty in 1981 and of the Medical School faculty in 1998.

Professor Schneider has written extensively on bioethical issues, the law of bioethics, family law, constitutional law, professional training, and professional ethics. He is the author of The Practice of Autonomy: Patients, Doctors, and Medical Decisions (Oxford University Press, 1998), a study of the way the authority to make medical decisions is and should be allocated between doctors and patients, and is the co-author of The Law of Bioethics: Individual Autonomy and Social Regulation (West, 2003, 2006), a law school casebook. His family law casebook, An Invitation to Family Law (West), is entering its third edition. He is currently writing a book on the law regulating medical decisions of all kinds – especially contemporary and prospective decisions and decisions by competent patients and for incompetent patients. He is also engaged in research on consumer-directed health care, research supported by a Robert Wood Johnson Investigator’s Award.

Professor Schneider has lectured, taught, and published in several countries. He has been a visiting professor at Cambridge University, the University of Tokyo, and Kyoto University, has taught for many years in Germany, and was a visiting professor at the United States Air Force Academy in the winter of 2007.



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