Samuel D. Hodge Jr.
Department: Legal Studies in Business
Office: Alter Hall 464
Research Interests: law and anatomy, the intersections of law and medicine
Samuel D. Hodge, Jr. is a professor and chair of the Legal Studies Department at Temple University where he teaches both law and anatomy. He also serves as the Director of the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning.
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Sam has been named one of the most popular continuing legal education instructors in the country and he lectures frequently to attorneys, judges, physicians and governmental agencies on medical/legal issues. He has received multiple teaching awards including being named a Temple University Great Teacher and his Anatomy for Lawyers course was the recipient of the ACLEA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Continuing Legal Education. Sam’s interactive teaching style has received national media attention including stories in The New York Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Philadelphia Inquirer, National Public Radio and television.
He is also a skilled litigator who enjoys an AV pre-eminent rating and was named a Top Lawyer in Pennsylvania in 2013. Sam is the co-author of The Forensic Autopsy,ABA (2014), The Spine, ABA (2013), Clinical Anatomy for Attorneys, ABA (2012), and the award winning book, Anatomy for Litigators, ALI-ABA (2007). He also wrote Law for the Business Enterprise, McGraw Hill (2011), Law in American Society, McGraw Hill (2008), and Thermography and Personal Injury Litigation, Wiley Law (1987). He has co-authored several of the annual supplements to Orthopedic Disability and Expert Testimony, Wiley Law, and has written chapters in litigation texts on how to examine and cross-examine the medical expert. Other writing endeavors include the authoring of over 150 articles in a variety of medical and legal journals. Professor Hodge is a graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law and the Graduate Division of the Law School. He is a member of the American College of Legal Medicine and has been awarded a certificate in Anatomy and Law from Temple University School of Medicine.
- “How Can Physician Apologies Reduce Medical Malpractice,” Medical Law Perspectives, Wordsworth Law Publications, Inc., February 2014.
- "What are the Consequences of Disregarding a 'Do Not Resuscitate Directive’ in the United States,” Medicine and Law Journal, Volume 32 Number 4, January 2014, pages 441-458.
- “Behind the Closed Door of the Forensic Autopsy,” The Practical Lawyer, Volume 60, Number 1, February 2014, page 39 to 45.
- “Brain Injuries and the Nervous System,” Traumatic Brain Injury, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, page 1 – 20, PBI No. 2013-8096, November, 2013.
- ABA Medical-Legal Guides, The Forensic Autopsy, American Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois, 2013, 260 pages.
- ABA Medical-Legal Guides, The Spine, American Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois, 2013, 787 pages.
- “A Primer on Spinal Cord Injuries – A Medical/Legal Overview,” Journal of Science, Technology and Environmental Law, Temple University School of Law, Vol. XXXI, No. 2, Winter 2012 pages 205 – 254.
- ABA Medical-Legal Guides, Clinical Anatomy for Lawyers, American Bar Association, 2012, 848 pages.
Awards and Honors
- Temple University Faculty Recognition Award, 2013.
- Named a “Top Lawyer in Pennsylvania” by the National Law Journal, 2013.
- Named by Suburban Life and Philadelphia Life Magazine to their “Awesome Attorney’s List, 2013.
- Temple University’s Nominee for the Carnegie Professor of the Year Award, 2013.
- Best Continuing Legal Education Course, Association for Continuing Legal Education, 2012.
I teach both law, forensic medicine and anatomy courses and I have taught at all levels of University instruction as well as in Paris, Rome, and Tokyo. I teach the largest class at the University as part of an initiative to put senior faculty in contact with new students with classes of 400 to 600 students. Over the years, I have taught more than 22,000 students.
In the News
- The Temple News, "Professor Aims for Innovative Classroom"
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “For Doctors, Hospitals, 'Sorry' is a Hard Word to Say”
- Philadelphia Magazine, "PA Could Sell Legal Pot in State Stores"
- Fox School News, "Fox's Legal Studies Department to Address Region's New Marijuana Laws During Annual Law Week"