Samuel D. Hodge Jr.

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Samuel D. Hodge Jr.

  • Fox School of Business and Management

    • Risk, Actuarial Science, and Legal Studies

      • Professor


Samuel D. Hodge, Jr. is a professor of Legal Studies at Temple University where he teaches both law and anatomy related courses. He has received multiple teaching awards including being named a Temple University Great Teacher, a Master Teacher, Best Instructor, and he is the recipient of the Award for Innovative Use of Technology, the Provost Award for Innovation in Teaching General Education, the John Topoleski Memorial Award for Outstanding Instruction and his Anatomy for Lawyers program is the recipient of the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Continuing Legal Education. Sam’s interactive and innovative 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. During his 45-year career at Temple, Professor Hodge has taught more than 25,000 students at all levels of instruction. He has also received a number of service awards included the Stauffer Alumni Award for Outstanding Faculty Service.

Sam has been the featured speaker at more than 500 conferences and programs for attorneys, judges, physicians, insurance professionals and governmental agencies on medical/legal issues around the world. Sam is also one of the most published scholars on medical/legal matters in the United States. His books include: Anatomy and Physiology for Legal Professionals; the Forensic Autopsy; Head Trauma and Brain Injuries; The Spine; Clinical Anatomy for Lawyers; the award-winning book, Anatomy for Litigators; Thermography and Personal Injury Litigation; Law for the Business Enterprise; and Law in American Society. He has co-authored several of the annual supplements to Orthopedic Disability and Expert Testimony, and has written chapters in litigation texts on how to examine and cross-examine the medical expert. Other endeavors include the authoring of over 175 articles published in a variety of medical and legal journals. His research has been cited in court opinions, books, articles and legislation. He also served as the expert peer reviewer for the text: Law and Ethics in Neurocritical Care.

Professor Hodge is a graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law, the Graduate Division of the Law School and he received mediation training at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University Law School. He is a member of the American College of Legal Medicine and the American Association of Anatomists.

Courses Taught




IB 2509

Doing Business in a Foreign Country: Destination London


LGLS 0856

Law and American Society


JUDO 0999

Anatomy for Litigators


JUDO 1030

Forensic Evidence, Science, and Medicine


Selected Publications


  • Hodge, S.D. (2023). The Three C’s – The Colon, Colonoscopy and Cancer – A Medical and Legal Overview. Case Western Reserve Health Matrix: Journal of Law – Medicine, 33, 145-191. Retrieved from

  • Hodge, S.D. (2023). The Use of Facial Recognition Technology by Business: A Growing Morass of Legal and Ethical Issues. The Practical Lawyer, 69(2), 57-61.

  • Hodge, S.D. (2023). An Attorney’s Guide to Understanding Medical Records In The Digital Age. Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal, 58(1), 66-98. Retrieved from

  • Hodge, S.D. (2023). Fingerprints on The Murder Weapon: Can You Prove They Were Left There Before the Crime? The Practical Lawyer, 51-56.

  • Hodge, S.D. (2023). A Litigation Primer on Knee Replacement Surgery. St. Thomas Journal of Complex Litigation, 9, 106-148.

  • Hodge, S.D. (2022). Virtual Autopsy as An Alternative to a Traditional Post-Mortem Examination. The Practical Lawyer, 3-9.

  • Hodge, S.D. (2022). The Legal and Ethical Considerations of Facial Recognition Technology in the Business Sector. DePaul Law Review, LXXI(3), 731-764.

  • Hodge, S.D. (2022). Sleep Apnea and The Philips Respironics Recall. The Practical Lawyer, 28-33.

  • Hodge, S.D. (2022). The Duty of Care: Reexamining the Doctor Patient Relationship In View Of Changing Values. The Practical Lawyer, 41-47.

  • Hodge, S.D. (2022). The Medical and Legal Implications of Artificial Intelligence in Health Care - An Area of Unsettled Law. Rich. J. L. & Tech, 28, 405-468.

  • Hodge, S.D. (2022). The Debate Over Whether a Physician Should Apologize for a Medical Mistake. The Practical Lawyer, 57-62.

  • Hodge, S.D. (2022). The Use of Video Surveillance by Law Enforcement to Solve Crimes. The Practical Lawyer, 45-49.

  • Hodge, S.D. (2022). The Anatomy of Spinal Surgery - Is It A Miracle Cure Or A Stop Gap Measure? Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Journal, 57(1), 1-40. American Bar Association.

  • Hodge, S.D. (2022). The Implications of Legalized Marijuana on Establishing Proximate Cause for a Warrantless Search. Saint Louis University Law Journal, 66(2), 267-292.

  • Hodge, S.D. (2022). This Trial Participant Deserves a Pat on the Head—The Use of Facility Dogs in the Courtroom. American Journal of Trial Advocacy, 45, 350-400.

  • Hodge, S.D. (2021). The Government's Liability To Compensate An Innocent Property Owner Whose Home Is Damaged During Police Activity. The Practical Lawyer, 15-19.

  • Hodge, S.D. (2021). Tattoo Recognition Technology is Gaining Acceptance as a Crime Solving Technique. Northern Illinois University Law Review, 42(1), 125-163.

  • Hodge, S.D. (2021). The Dope on Marijuana Consumption and Impaired Driving. Cleveland State Law Review, 70(1), 47-90.

  • Hodge, S.D. (2021). Facial Recognition Technology: A New Tool in Law Enforcement's Forensic Toolbox. The Practical Lawyer, 11-17.

  • Hodge, S.D. (2021). Don't Always Believe What You See: Shallow Fake and Deepfake Media Has Altered the Process of Reality. Hofstra Law Review, 50(1).

  • Hodge, S.D. (2021). Commercial Landlords Beware! You May Be Responsible for Your Tenants' Intellectual Property Infringements. The Practical Real Estate Lawyer,, 22-27.

  • Hodge, S.D. (2021). The Liability of Health Care Providers to Third Parties Injured by a Patient. Pace Law Review, 41(2), 152-198.

  • Hodge, S.D. (2021). Vicarious Trauma: A Growing Problem Among Legal Professionals That May Become a More Prevalent Cause of Action. Texas Tech Law Review, 53, 511-533.

  • Hodge, S.D. (2021). Is Scientific Content Analysis (SCAN) of Individuals' Statements Truly Scientific. Pennsylvania Bar Quarterly, 132-144.

  • Hodge, S.D. (2021). The Litigation Complexity of Posttraumatic Headaches. Current Pain and Headache Reports, 25-39. Springer Publishing Co.

  • Hodge, S.D. (2021). Virtual Autopsies---The New Kid on The Block In Death Investigations. University of Dayton Law Review, 46(3), 261-290.

  • Hodge, S.D. (2021). A Medical-Legal Guide to Spinal Surgery. Journal of Health & Biomedical Law, XVII, 169-208.

  • Hodge, S.D. (2021). Vicarious Trauma: A Growing Problem Among Legal Professionals. The Practical Lawyer, 60-64.

  • Hodge, S.D. (2021). The Government’s Liability to Compensate an Innocent Property Owner Whose Home Is Damaged during Police Activity. The Practical Real Estate Lawyer, 5-9.

  • Hodge, S.D. (2021). Primer on Property Owned as Tenancy by the Entireties. The Practical Real Estate Lawyer, 37(1).

  • Hodge, S.D. (2021). Lessors of Commercial Property May Face Liability For the Sale of Counterfeit Goods by Their Tenants. University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law, 23(5), 797-822.

  • Hodge, S.D. & Ortiz, R. (2020). Police Body Cameras - A Lesson in Objectivity and Accountability or A Tool Without A Scientific Basis. Richmond Journal of Law & Technology, XXVII(2), 1-50. Retrieved from

  • Hodge, S.D. & Hubbard, J.E. (2020). COVID-19: The Ethical and Legal Implications of Medical Rationing. Gonzaga Law Review, 56(1), 159-204. Retrieved from

  • Hodge, S.D. (2020). A Disruptive Physician Is Bad Medicine Under Any Circumstance. The Practical Lawyer, 19-24.

  • Hodge, S.D. (2020). An Attorney's Guide to an Autopsy - A Medical Legal Overview. University of Louisville Law Review, 59(1).

  • Hodge, S.D. (2020). Physicians Beware! The Patients May Be Secretly Recording the Encounter. Quinnipiac Health Law Journal, 23(2), 229-251.

  • Hodge, S.D. (2020). Everything You Wanted To Know About Owning Property In A Tenancy By The Entireties But Were Too Afraid To Ask. Real Estate Law Journal, 49(1).

  • Hodge, S.D. (2020). Will the Government Reimburse an Innocent Property Owner Whose Home is Damaged During Police Activity? - Don't Hold Your Breath.! Real Estate Law Journal, 48(4), 430-462.

  • Hodge, S.D. (2020). Does a Physician Have a Duty to Inform At-Risk Relatives of a Positive Genetic Test When the Patient Refuses to Allow That Disclosure. Journal of Health and Biomedical Law, XVI(2).

  • Hodge, S.D. (2020). Familial DNA is One of the Newest Forensic Techniques - But It Raises Thorny Ethical and Legal Issues. The Practical Lawyer, 23-26.

  • Hodge, S.D. (2020). The Ever-Changing Landscape of Informed Consent and Whether the Obligation to Explain a Procedure to the Patient May Be Delegated. Arkansas Law Review, 71(3), 727-760.

  • Hodge, S.D. (2020). What Can Be Done About A Disruptive Physician? A Legal Analysis. Pace Law Review, 40(1), 126-153.

  • Hodge, S.D. & Holjencin, A. (2020). A Post-Mortem Review of Forensic Hair Analysis – A Technique Whose Current Use in Criminal Investigations Is hanging On By A Hair. Saint Louis Law Journal, 64(2), 219-240. Retrieved from

  • Hodge, S. (2020). Should a Physician Apologize for a Medical Mistake? - The Controversy Over the Effectiveness of Apology Law Statutes. Cleveland State Law Review, 69(1), 1-33.


  • Hodge, S.D. (2019). That Accident Really Set Off My MS! Does Trauma Cause or Worsen Multiple Sclerosis? Journal of Health and Biomedical Law, XVI(1), 1-28. Suffolk University Law School.

  • Hodge, S.D. (2019). Should You Think Twice Before Having a Procedure Done at an Ambulatory Surgical Center? Quinnipiac School of Law, 38(1), 1-39.

  • Hodge, S.D. (2019). A Medical/Legal Perspective on Stem Cell Therapy: A Scientific Breakthrough or Snake Oil. Albany Law Review, 83(1), 89-121. Retrieved from

  • Hodge, S.D. (2019). Must a Physician Treat a Disruptive or Abusive Patient or Can The Doctor Fire That Person. DePaul Journal of Health Care Law, 21(2), 1-30.

  • Eskay-Auerbach, M. (2019). The Physician as Expert Witness. Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am, 30(3), 649-655. United States. 10.1016/j.pmr.2019.03.011

  • Hodge, S.D. & Hubbard, J.E. (2019). Anatomy and Physiology for Legal Professionals. PBI Press.

  • Hodge, S.D. (2019). Is There a Link Between Fibromyalgia and Trauma? The Practical Lawyer, 65(7), 45-49.

  • Hodge, S.D. (2019). Wrongful Prolongation of Life - A Cause of Action That May Have Finally Moved Into the Mainstream. Quinnipiac Law Review, 37(2), 167-198. Retrieved from