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Bernard D. Reams Jr.

Professor Emeritus



  • Ph.D., 1984, Saint Louis University
  • J.D., 1972, University of Kansas
  • M.S. 1967, Drexel University
  • B.A., 1965, Lynchburg College

License to Practice

  • Texas
  • Kansas
  • Missouri
  • New York
  • Supreme Court of the United States


Before St. Mary’s, Reams was a Professor of Law and Director of the Law Library at Washington University in St. Louis for 20 years.

While at Washington University he taught courses in Technology and the Law, Health Law and Education Law. He also served as a Professor of Law and Associate Dean at St. John’s University in New York, where he taught Medical Jurisprudence and Bioethics.

Reams was also a Visiting Professor of Law at Seton Hall University and taught Health Law, Disability Law, Human Experimentation and the Law and Bioethics. He was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Private Law in Hamburg, Germany in June 1995, June 1997, June-July 1998 and June-July 2001. Reams was Guest Professor at the Leopold-Franzens University of Innsbruck for the winter semester in 2008-2009.

Highlights and Organizations

Life Member, American Law Institute
Life Member, American Bar Foundation
Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
Member, American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Phi Beta Kappa
Member, Sigma Xi
Member, Order of the Coif
St. Mary’s University Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty 2014