William & Mary
Myrisha S. Lewis

Myrisha S. Lewis

Associate Professor of Law
Degrees: J.D., Columbia University; B.A., Harvard University
Email: [[mslewis01]]
Office phone: (757) 221-1737
Office location: Room 254H
Full resume: here (.pdf in new window)
Representative Professional Activities and Achievements

Professor Lewis earned her A.B. in Government from Harvard College and her J.D. from Columbia Law School. During law school, she was a case law editor of the Columbia Journal of European Law.

Following law school, Professor Lewis spent approximately four years as an attorney at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. While employed by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Professor Lewis also completed a seven-month detail as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, where she prosecuted domestic violence cases. Prior to joining the William & Mary faculty, she was an Assistant Professor at the Howard University School of Law and a Visiting Assistant Professor at the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Professor Lewis' research considers how health law, family law, and criminal law respond to scientific innovations. Her research and teaching interests include health law, family law, administrative law, and bioethics. In 2018, Professor Lewis was one of four professors selected nationwide as a Health Law Scholar by the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics and the Saint Louis University Law School’s Center for Health Law Studies. Professor Lewis is a member of the New York Bar and speaks French and Spanish.

Scholarly Publications
  • Is Germline Gene Editing Exceptional?, 51 Seton Hall L. Rev. ___ (Forthcoming 2021).
  • Innovating Federalism in the Life Sciences, 92 Temple Law Review 383 (2020) (previously entitled Improving Life Sciences Regulation: Solutions to the Current Impasse).
  • The American Democratic Deficit in Assisted Reproductive Technology Innovation, American Journal of Law and Medicine (2019).
  • Halted Innovation: The Expansion of Federal Jurisdiction over Medicine and the Human Body, 2018 Utah Law Review 1073 (2018).
  • How Subterranean Regulation Hinders Innovation in Assisted Reproductive Technology, 39 Cardozo Law Review 1239 (2018).
  • Criminalizing Substance Abuse and Undermining Roe v. Wade: The Tension Between Abortion Doctrine and the Criimalization of Prenatal Substance Abuse, 23 William & Mary Journal of Women & the Law 185 (2017).
  • Biology, Genetics, Nurture, and the Law: The Expansion of the Legal Definition of Family to Include Three or More Legal Parents, 16 Nevada Law Journal 743 (2016).
  • Making Sex the Same: Ending the Unfair Treatment of Males in Family Law, 27 Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society 257 (2012).
  • Sex and Statutory Uniformity: Harmonizing the Legal Treatment of Semen, 7 Charleston Law Review 235 (2012).
Book Chapters
  • Commentary on Whole Woman's Health's v. Hellerstedt, in (Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Reproductive Justice, ed. Kimberly Mutcherson) (Cambridge University Press, 2020)).

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