MICHAEL J. DEBOER
Associate Professor of Law
B.A., Liberty University; M.A.R., Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary; M.Div., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; J.D., Valparaiso University School of Law; LL.M., Indiana University School of Law—Indianapolis
Michael DeBoer joined the law school faculty in 2011 as an associate professor of law. He has served as a law clerk to the Honorable Brent E. Dickson of the Indiana Supreme Court and the Honorable Theresa L. Springmann of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. He practiced at Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP (CO) in the health law, labor and employment, litigation, and religious institutions practice groups, and he taught at the law schools at Liberty University (VA) and Valparaiso University (IN). He is admitted to the practice of law in Indiana and Colorado and in various federal district and appellate courts.
Professor DeBoer graduated with a B.A. summa cum laude from Liberty University and with a M.A.R. summa cum laude from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. After earning an M.Div. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (NC), he attended Valparaiso University School of Law where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Valparaiso University Law Review and graduated with a J.D. magna cum laude. Later he graduated from Indiana University School of Law—Indianapolis with an LL.M. summa cum laude in health law, policy, and bioethics.
Professor DeBoer’s teaching and research interests include administrative law, contracts, criminal law/procedure, employment law, federal courts, health care law, jurisprudence, law and religion, state constitutional law, and torts. He and his wife, Jennifer, have four children.
Law Review/Journal Articles
Beginning-of-Life and End-of-Life Issues in Indiana Law: Will the Indiana General Assembly’s Established Policies Protecting and Preserving Human Life Receive Judicial Deference?, 12 Michigan State University Journal of Medicine and Law 213 (2008).
Equality as a Fundamental Value in the Indiana Constitution, 38 Valparaiso University Law Review 489 (2004).
Church Communications Involving Clergy Sex Abuse, 5 Government, Law & Policy Journal 35 (2003) (with Professor Seymour H. Moskowitz).
When Silence Resounds: Clergy and Reporting Requirements Regarding Elder Abuse and Neglect, 49 DePaul Law Review 1 (1999) (with Professor Seymour H. Moskowitz).
Essay, Brent E. Dickson, January 6, 1986—Present, in Justices of the Indiana Supreme Court (2010).
Essay, John Calvin, the Civil Magistrate, Law, and the Natural Law: Exploring Calvin’s Understanding, 2 Liberty University Law Review 649 (2008).
Response Essay, Seek a Right View of the Bible—A Biblical and Theological Response to Herbert W. Titus and Some Lessons for Christian Law Students, 2 Liberty University Law Review 339 (2008).
Book Review, 16 Journal of Law & Religion 269 (2001) (reviewing Kenneth L. Karst, Law’s Promise, Law’s Expression: Visions of Power in the Politics of Race, Gender, and Religion (1993)).
Book Review, 16 Journal of Law & Religion 783 (2001) (reviewing Os Guinness, The American Hour: A Time of Reckoning and the Once and Future Role of Faith (1993)).
Book Review, 16 Journal of Law & Religion 805 (2001) (reviewing Daniel J. Elazar, Covenant and Polity in Biblical Israel: Biblical Foundations and Jewish Expressions (1995); Covenant and Commonwealth: From Christian Separation Through the Protestant Reformation (1996); Covenant and Constitutionalism: The Great Frontier and the Matrix of Federal Democracy (1998); and Covenant and Civil Society: The Constitutional Matrix of Modern Democracy (1998)).
Book Review, 16 Journal of Law & Religion 855 (2001) (reviewing Political Order and the Plural Structure of Society (James W. Skillen & Rockne M. McCarthy eds., 1991)).
Book Review, 16 Journal of Law & Religion 913 (2001) (reviewing Herbert W. Richardson, What Do Religion, Politics and Science Contribute to the Good Society? Essays in Calvinist Social Theory (1991)).