Personal Injury

Professor Carter Snead

Of Counsel

Professor O. Carter SneadProfessor O. Carter Snead is the William P. and Hazel B. White Director of the Center for Ethics and Culture, Professor of Law in the Law School, and Concurrent Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. He is one of the world's leading experts on public bioethics - the governance of science, medicine, and technology in the name of ethical goods. He teaches Torts, Health Law, Law and Bioethics, and Constitutional Criminal Procedure. He now puts his expertise to work for clients in his role as Of Counsel at Tracey Fox & Walters.

Professor Snead has published over forty journal articles, book chapters, and essays on abortion, embryo research, neuroethics, assisted reproduction, end of life decision-making, assisted suicide and euthanasia. He regularly testifies before the U.S. Congress, state legislatures, and as an expert witness in courts on a wide variety of matters relating to medicine, science, and biotechnology. He has advised officials in all three branches of the federal government on matters of public bioethics.

Areas of Expertise

  • Bioethics
  • Torts
  • Health Law
  • Law & Medicine
  • Law & Science
  • Constitutional Law


  • University of Notre Dame Law School: Professor of Law (2011 to present); Associate Professor of Law (2005-2011).
  • University of Notre Dame London Law Centre, London, UK (Terms 2 and 3, 2010): Associate Professor of Law.
  • University of Florence (Italy), Visiting Professor of Law (May 15, 2016-June 5, 2016).
  • Libera Università Maria SS. Assunta (LUMSA), Rome, Italy (May 7-12, 2012): Visiting Professor of Law.
  • UNESCO International Bioethics Committee (IBC), Paris, France (2008 to 2012):
  • University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa, AL (January 2011): John J. Sparkman Visiting Chair in Law.
  • Council of Europe Steering Committee on Bioethics (CDBI), Strasbourg, France (2007 to 2009): U.S. Permanent Observer.
  • University of Milan, Milan, Italy (April 2007): Visiting Professor of Law.
  • S. Delegation to UNESCO, Paris, France (2004 to 2005): Delegation Leader and Chief Negotiator.
  • The President's Council on Bioethics, Washington, DC (2002 to 2005): General Counsel.
  • The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, Washington, DC (2002 to 2005): Adjunct Professor of Law.
  • Ropes & Gray, Washington, DC (2002):
  • Wilmer, Cutler and Pickering, Washington, DC (2000 to 2002):
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, Judge Paul J. Kelly, Jr., Santa Fe, NM (1999 to 2000): Judicial Clerk.


  • Georgetown University, Washington, DC
    J.D., 1999 (Honors: magna cum laude)
  • John's College, Annapolis, MD
    B.A., 1996

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Fellow, The Hastings Center (2017 to present)
  • Member, Pontifical Academy for Life (2015 to present)
  • Series Editor, Catholic Ideas for a Secular World; and Notre Dame Studies in Medical Ethics, University of Notre Dame Press.
  • Fellow, University of Notre Dame Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values (2012 to present).
  • Faculty Fellow, Notre Dame Research Program on Law and Market Behavior (ND LAMB).
  • Steering Committee, Notre Dame Center for Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine.
  • Editorial Board, American Journal of Jurisprudence (Oxford University Press) (2012 to present).
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Medicine and Philosophy (Oxford University Press) (2015 to present).
  • Editorial Board, Christian Bioethics (Oxford University Press) (2015 to present).
  • Co-Founder and Steering Committee Member, University of Notre Dame Initiative on Adult Stem Cell Research and Ethics (2009-present).
  • Faculty Affiliate, Notre Dame Center for Civil and Human Rights (2014 to present).
  • Member, UNESCO's Global Ethics Observatory Legal Peer Review Working Group (tasked with assessing domestic and international laws relating to bioethics) (2006 to present).
  • Faculty, Hertog Political Studies Program, Washington, DC (July 2011 to 2012)
  • Faculty, University of Notre Dame Vita Institute (June 2011 to present)
  • Member, The Witherspoon Council on Ethics and Integrity of Science (2010 to present)
  • Associate Research Fellow, Anscombe Bioethics Centre (formerly known as Linacre Centre for Healthcare Ethics) (Oxford, England) (2010 to present).
  • Grant Proposal Reviewer, Austrian Science Fund (the Austrian government's central funding agency for basic research) (2010 to present).
  • Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center (Washington, DC) (2006 to present).
  • Fellow, Academy of Fellows, Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity (2010 to present).
  • Chair, Stem Cell Research/Bioethics Working Group, Federalist Society New Federal Initiatives Project (2009 to present).
  • Executive Committee, Federalist Society Religious Liberty Working Group (2005 to present).
  • Board of Directors, Americans United for Life (2014 to 2016).
  • Executive Board, Fellowship of Catholic Scholars (2009 to 2012).
  • Member, The Neuhaus Colloquium (2009 to present).
  • Member, Witherspoon Institute Task Force on Conscience Protection (2009 to present).
  • Listed in UNESCO's "Global Ethics Observatory," a worldwide directory of experts in science, technology, medical, and environmental ethics.