Professor Joanna Sax is the E. Donald Shapiro Professor of Law.
Professor Sax's research is at the nexus of law and science. Her articles address ways to incentivize the advancement of science and protect scientific inquiry and innovation. Professor Sax analyzes and questions policies that create barriers to basic science research, mostly by focusing on NIH-funded research. In addition to basic research, she has a strong interest in the translation of advances in basic science. In this vein, Professor Sax is widely recognized for her work on food policy, particularly FDA regulation of dietary supplements and genetically engineered food.
Professor Sax combines her education with her legal background in her research and teaching. She has a JD and PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Pennsylvania. After law school, Professor Sax was an associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP, and is admitted to practice in California and the Ninth Circuit.
Professor Sax directs the Institute of Health Law Studies, and has an appointment as a voluntary clinical instructor at the University of California, San Diego, Health Sciences. Professor Sax served as Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development at California Western for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years. In fall 2016, she was a visiting faculty member at the James E. Rogers College of Law – University of Arizona.
While Professor Sax's core teaching interests mirror her research, she also enjoys teaching first-year students. In 2015, she authored an innovative online casebook for contracts published by ChartaCourse, which provides an interactive online environment at an attractively low cost to students.