by Aradhana Nair
The University of Utah’s Board of Trustees recently bestowed the honorary title of Distinguished Professor upon S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Leslie P. Francis. The title recognizes Francis’ lifetime achievement in the fields of health law, bioethics, and disability.
“I am grateful to the College of Law for nominating me and for being such an amazing place to work because what I do would not be possible without such a collegial and supportive environment,” said Professor Francis.
Francis holds joint appointments as Alfred C. Emery professor of law and professor and chair, department of philosophy.
She recently co-authored with Peggy Battin, Jay Jacobson, and Charles Smith The Patientas Victim and Vector: Ethics and Infectious Disease, a book that was published by Oxford University Press in November 2008. Her other books include: Property, Community and Land Use in an Interconnected World (with John G. Francis), Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2003, and Americans with Disabilities: Implications for Individuals and Institutions, ed. Leslie Francis and Anita Silvers, Routledge, 2000.
She has also written numerous book chapters and journal articles on these issues.
Professor Francis received a B.A. from Wellesley (1967) with high honors. She received a Ph.D. in philosophy (1974) from the University of Michigan. After joining Utah’s philosophy faculty, she received her J.D. from the University of Utah (1981), and was appointed to the law faculty (1982).
Recently, Francis was appointed co-chair of the Privacy and Security Subcommittee of the National Committee on Vital and Health information technology. She is also a member of the ethics committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.