Wayne State University
David R. Moss
David R. Moss
Associate (Clinical) Professor
Room 2221
(313) 577-3970


J.D., Columbia University School of Law
B.A., Swarthmore College


David Moss is an associate (clinical) professor at the Law School and previously served as director of clinical education.

He received his B.A. with honors from Swarthmore College in 1982 and his J.D. from Columbia University Law School in 1985.  While in law school, he was a member of the Columbia Law Review, was twice named a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and was awarded the Jane Marks Murphy Prize for Exceptional Interest and Proficiency in Clinical Offerings.

After graduating from law school, Professor Moss worked as a public-interest attorney in New York and Minnesota for eight years, representing children and people with disabilities in a wide variety of civil and administrative proceedings.  He served as director of Statewide Youth Advocacy’s Runaway and Homeless Youth Law Project in upstate New York and was a managing attorney with the Minnesota Disability Law Center in Minneapolis.

Professor Moss joined Wayne Law's faculty in 1998, following three years of teaching at Western New England College School of Law in Springfield, Mass., and two years at Hamline University Law School in Saint Paul, Minn. His teaching and scholarly interests include Disability Law, Juvenile Law, Health Law, Bioethics and the Law, and Trial Advocacy.  Professor Moss directs both the Law School's Disability Law Clinic and its Civil Law Internship Program, and serves as faculty advisor to the Free Legal Aid Clinic and the Student Trial Advocacy Program.

He lives in Grosse Pointe Park with his wife, Rachel Walpole, their three children, Gabe, Ben, and Julia, one dog, four cats and numerous fish.  His current hobbies include bicycling, listening to Brazilian music, learning Portuguese, reading mystery novels and rooting for the Minnesota Twins and Vikings.

Courses Taught

Selected Publications

Consensus Statement on the Live Organ Donor, 284 JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION 2919 (December 13, 2000) (one of thirty co-authors)

Foreword:  Physician-Assisted Suicide Symposium, 19 WESTERN NEW ENGLAND LAW REVIEW 313 (1997)


October 5, 2015
David R. Moss spoke at the 30th annual Midwest Clinical Conference at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Working together with Associate Director of Professional Skills Lawrence Mann, he presented "Team Teaching Live-Client Clinics: The Benefits of Pairing Instructors from Diverse Teaching & Practice Backgrounds."

In The News

January 14, 2016
David R. Moss was quoted in The Detroit Legal News for its report, "WSU student lawyers win speech-generating devices for 3 children."

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July 12, 2013
David R. Moss was interviewed on WDET-FM radio about Wayne Law's new Civil Rights Clinic.

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