​Leadership and Advisory Board


Dov Fox

Dov Fox is a professor of law at the University of San Diego School of Law, where he teaches and writes in the areas of health law, criminal procedure, behavioral economics, intellectual property, and the regulation of biotechnology. His current research focuses on cognitive neuroscience, genomic research, and reproductive medicine. Fox served as a law clerk to the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He received an LLM degree as an academic fellow at Georgetown University Law Center. Fox has also worked at the President's Council on Bioethics; the consulting firm of McKinsey & Company; the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; and the Civil Appellate Staff at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Rick Barton

Richard "Rick" D. Barton is an adjunct professor of law at the University of San Diego School of Law, where he teaches in the area of health care law and policy. Barton is a partner at the law firm of Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP in San Diego where he has represented health care providers for more than 25 years. He has tried more than 60 Superior Court jury trials and has argued cases before the California Court of Appeal, California Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Barton also serves as a consultant to health care providers in licensing and regulatory compliance issues.

Lawrence Alexander

Lawrence Alexander is a Warren Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of San Diego, where he teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, criminal law, and jurisprudence. Alexander serves on the editorial boards of several journals, including Law & Philosophy. He is the co–editor of the international quarterly Legal Theory.

Alexander has published multiple works on applied philosophy and applied ethics, including: "Scalar Properties, Binary Judgments" in 25 Journal of Applied Philosophy 85 (2008) and "The Legal Enforcement of Morality" in Companion to Applied Ethics (Frey, and Wellman, eds.) (Wiley–Blackwell, 2003). He has also published multiple books, including: Demystifying Legal Reasoning (with Sherwin) (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and The Rule of Rules: Morality, Rules, and the Dilemmas of Law (with Sherwin) (Duke University Press, 2001).

Mila Sohoni

Mila Sohoni is a professor of law at the University of San Diego School of Law, where she teaches and writes in the areas of civil procedure, administrative law, federal courts and legislation. Her current research focuses on the constitutional and administrative law questions posed by the Affordable Care Act and its implementation. Sohoni served as a law clerk to The Honorable Judith W. Rogers of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She practiced law at Jenner & Block LLP in New York and Washington, D.C., and was an acting assistant professor of lawyering at NYU School of Law. Sohoni was also a science and technology correspondent for The Economist in New York and London.

Stephen C. Ferruolo

Stephen C. Ferruolo professor of law at the University of San Diego School of Law, where he teaches in the areas of business, corporate and biotech law.

Ferruolo joined USD in 2011 after a 20-year career representing life science and technology companies as a partner in a national law firm. From 2003 to 2011, he served as vice president and general counsel of BIOCOM and then as its vice chairman from 2011 to 2014. In 2006, BIOCOM awarded him with the William W. Otterson Service Award for outstanding support of the life sciences industry in San Diego. In 2011, the Daily Journal listed him as one of the "Top 25 Biotech Lawyers in California." Ferruolo is listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the Life Sciences category and in the biotechnology law category of The Best Lawyers in America.

Advisory Board

San Diego's life science innovation economy was built on collaboration. The Center will establish an advisory board consisting of leaders from the region's medical, legal, and academic industries, as well as university and research institutions, and organizations such as CONNECT and BIOCOM.

The Advisory Board will meet regularly as a forum to bring together experts from the medical, legal, and academic industries. The role of the Advisory Board will be to set the agenda and goals of the Center, including proposing topics for the symposia and for policy studies. The Advisory Board will also identify and discuss policy, legal and ethical issues arising from the innovations in health care, biotechnology and medical technology research.