Philip G. Peters, Jr.

Philip G. Peters, Jr.
  • Health Law
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Racial Achievement Gap
  • Education Reform Law
Ruth L. Hulston Professor of Law

BA (1972), Harvard University
JD (1976), University of California at Berkley

Professor Peters is the Ruth L. Hulston Professor of Law and has taught at MU since 1986. He teaches Health Care Law & Policy, Torts, and Education Reform Law and is an expert on health law and, more recently, the racial achievement gap. For the past twenty-five years, he has made important contributions to the field of health law with scholarship on topics such as medical malpractice and reproductive technology. Now, he is also turning his attention to the educational reforms which are necessary to close the racial achievement gap.

Professor Peters graduated with honors from Harvard College in 1972, received a one year fellowship for advanced study at the University of Edinburgh, and went to law school at the University of California at Berkeley, where he received his J.D., Order of the Coif, in 1976.

He began his career as a civil rights lawyer in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and then spent several years in private practice specializing in medical malpractice and product liability defense. After joining the MU faculty, he was elected to membership of the American Law Institute, a highly respected academy of lawyers, judges and scholars.

In the community, he has been a long time board member of the Family Health Center, a clinic a whose doors are open to everyone regardless of their ability to pay. He also served as President of the Board and then Executive Director of First Chance for Children, a local organization dedicated to reducing the achievement gap by improving the start that low-income and minority children get before they enter kindergarten.

Recent Publications

Working Papers

Looking Back at Twenty-Five Years of Medical Malpractice Claims in Missouri, (in progress).

The Size of the Achievement Gap and Its Emergence in the Early Years of Life, (in progress).

The Future of Evidence-Based Federal Funding: The Case of Home Visiting Fund, (in progress).

Vestiges: A History of the Negro Achievement Gap, (in progress).

Complete Listing of Publications