Wayne State University
David R. Moss
David R. Moss
Director of Clinical Education; Assistant (Clinical) Professor
Room 1230
(313) 577-3970


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


David Moss is director of clinical education and assistant professor (clinical) at the Law School.  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 Advocacys Runaway and Homeless Youth Law Project in upstate New York, and was a managing attorney with the Minnesota Disability Law Center in Minneapolis, Minn.

Professor Moss joined Wayne State's law 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.  As assistant director of clinical education, 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

Disability Law Clinic
Free Legal Aid Clinic
Civil Law Internship
Disability Discrimination Law
Trial Advocacy

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)

In The News

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

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