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  • 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

Specialties and Courses

  • Wills and trust
  • Texas community property
  • Bioethics and the law
  • Health law and policy


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



  • Human Experimentation: Federal Laws, Legislative Histories, Regulations, and Related Documents, 1986
  • University-Industry Research Partnerships: The Major Legal Issues in Research and Development Agreements, 1986
  • Federal Legislatives Histories: An Annotated Bibliography and Index to Officially Published Sources (Joseph L. Andrew’s Bibliographic Award, 1995), 1994
  • Health Care Reform 1993-1994: The American Experience, Clinton and Congress, 1997
  • Health Care Reform: A Legislative History of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, 2011
  • Texas Community Property and Matrimonial Law, 2013, second edition 2016

Essays in Edited Works

  • “Legal Reform by the Obama Administration.” In Aspekt der Rechtsgeschichte und der Gellschaftspolitik in Tirol, Osterreich, und Weltweit. Festschrift fur Kurt Ebert zum 70. Geburstag. Editor Johann Egger, Georg Kabbe. Innsbruck, Austria, 2012.
  • “Immigration reform in the United States: A Historical Review from 1989 to 2014.” In festschrift Herwig van Staa zum 25-jahrighen Juliam Seines politischen Wirkens Universitatsverlag Wagner Innsbruck. Innsbruck, Austria, 2014. Reprint Series

Articles in a Periodical

  • “Federal Economic Regulation Through Wage and Price Control Programs 1917-1980. A Selected Bibliography.” 74 LAW LIBRARY JOURNAL (1981).
  • “U.S. Companies Neglect Academic Research,” WALL STREET JOURNAL 32 (February 11, 1986)
  • “Revocation of Academic Degrees by Colleges and Universities,” 14 JOURNAL OF COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY LAW 283 (1987).
  • “Threading the Eye of the ERISA Needle: ERISA Preemption and Alternative Legal Schemes to Fill the Regulatory Vaccum,” (with M. P. Forrest) 39 ST. MARY’S LAW JOURNAL 277 (2008). [Reprinted in Proceedings of the New York University 59th Annual Conference on Labor. Edited by D. Reilly, New York: Wolters Kluwer, 2010.]
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