Myrisha Lewis

Assistant Professor of Law

J.D., Columbia University
A.B., Harvard University


Myrisha Lewis is an Assistant Professor of Law at the Howard University School of Law.   Professor Lewis earned a law degree from Columbia Law School and an A.B. in Government from Harvard College.  During law school, she was a case law editor of the Columbia Journal of European Law.

Professor Lewis primarily teaches health law and health law-related courses.  Prior to joining the Howard faculty, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.  Before joining the Chicago-Kent faculty in 2015, she spent approximately four years as an attorney at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Rockville, Maryland.  There, she filed pleadings on behalf of agency staff, advised legal and technical staff on federal rulemakings and statutes, and reviewed staff analyses of new nuclear power reactor licenses and designs.  While employed by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Professor Lewis also completed a seven-month detail as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, where she prosecuted domestic violence cases.

Professor Lewis' research considers how health law, family law, and criminal law respond to scientific innovations.  Her research and teaching interests include health law, family law, administrative law, and bioethics.  Her work has been published in the Cardozo Law Review, Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender and Society, Charleston Law Review, Nevada Law Journal, and William and Mary Journal of Women and the Law.  A forthcoming article will be published by the Utah Law Review

Professor Lewis is a member of the New York Bar and speaks French and Spanish.

Selected Publications

Halted Innovation: The Expansion of Federal Jurisdiction over Medicine and the Human Body, 2018 Utah Law Review __ (forthcoming).

How Subterranean Regulation Hinders Innovation in Assisted Reproductive Technology, 39 Cardozo Law Review 1239 (2018).

Criminalizing Substance Abuse and Undermining Roe v. Wade: The Tension Between Abortion Doctrine and the Criminalization of Prenatal Substance Abuse, 23 William & Mary Journal of Women & the Law 185 (2017).

Biology, Genetics, Nurture, and the Law: The Expansion of the Legal Definition of Family to Include Three or More Parents, 16 Nevada Law Journal 743 (2016).

Sex and Statutory Uniformity: Harmonizing the Legal Treatment of Semen, 7 Charleston Law Review 235 (2012–13).

Making Sex the Same: Ending the Unfair Treatment of Males in Family Law, 27 Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society 257 (2012).