Areas of Expertise:

  • Health Law
  • Bioethics
  • Civil Procedure


Jonathan F. Will


Associate Professor of Law


Founding Director, Bioethics & Health Law Center





  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of Pittsburgh School of Law; Law Review, Executive Editor; Order of the Coif; Health Law Certificate

  • M.A., magna cum laude, Bioethics, University of Pittsburgh

  • B.A., summa cum laude, English and Psychology, World Religions (minor), Canisius College 


 Courses Taught:

  • Bioethics & Law

  • Special Topics in Bioethics

  • Health Care Law

  • Civil Procedure I

  • Civil Procedure II 


 Professional Experience:

  • Associate Professor of Law, Mississippi College School of Law, Fall 2012 – present

  • Assistant Professor of Law, Mississippi College School of Law, Fall 2009 – Summer 2012

  • Affiliate Faculty, The University of Mississippi Medical Center, Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, 2011 – present

  • Associate, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, Pittsburgh, PA, 2005 - 2009

  • Adjunct Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 2009 





  • Panelist, Developing Health Law Programs, American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics 37th Annual Health Law Professors Conference (June 5, 2014).
  • Presentation, Religion, Morality, and Reproductive Choice, Intersections in Reproduction Workshop hosted by the Program for the Study of Reproductive Justice at Yale Law School (April 18, 2014). 
  • Presentation, Beyond Abortion: Pre-Embryonic Personhood and the Constitutionality of Restrictions on Reproductive Choice, American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics 36th Annual Health Law Professors Conference (June 8, 2013).
  • Moderator/Organizer: Implementing Health Care Reform in Mississippi: Considering Policy and Economics, a symposium hosted by Mississippi College School of Law Bioethics & Health Law Center (April 5, 2013). 
  • Panel Discussion, The Constitutional Implications of National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, (with Cynthia Nicoletti and Matthew Steffey (MC Law), Mississippi Women Lawyers Association (November 7, 2012).

  • Presentation, Conscience Legislation, the Personhood Movement, and Access to Controversial Care, Faulkner Law Review Symposium (October 26, 2012).

  • Presentation, Beyond Abortion: Potential Implications of (Pre)Embryonic Personhood on Reproductive Choice, Law and Society (June 5, 2012).

  • Presentation, When Personhood Came to Mississippi, Lecture Series: Current Issues in Health Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law (January 9, 2012).

  • Moderator/Organizer, Amendment 26 – Exploring the Implications of Mississippi’s Personhood Initiative, a symposium hosted by Mississippi College School of Law, October 25, 2011.

  • Presentation, Medical Decision Making for Individuals with Diminished Mental Capacity, Mississippi Department of Mental Health Spring CME Symposium (April 2011).

  • Moderator/Organizer, Anesthetic Gas Reclamation – Medical Invention from a Legal and Health Care Provider Perspective, panel discussion hosted by Mississippi College School of Law Bioethics & Health Law Center (April 2011).

  • Presentation, End-of-Life Decision Making and the Developmentally Disabled, meeting of the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Nursing Network (June 2010).

  • Moderator of Bioethics Panel, Diagnosing American Healthcare: Economic Stakeholders and Bioethical Considerations, a symposium sponsored by the Mississippi College Law Review (February 2010).

  • Presentation, Adolescent Decision Making in Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Adolescent Health Services, (August 2005).

  • Presentation, The Mature Minor Doctrine and Refusals of Medical Treatment Based Upon Religious Beliefs, Grand Rounds, University of Pittsburgh Center for Bioethics and Health Law – CLE, CME credit (March 2005).

  • Guest Lecture, The History of Bioethics, University of Pittsburgh, nursing course (Spring 2005).


In the News

Representative Interviews:

  • Governing Magazine, Mississippi Voters Turn Down Personhood Initiative, November 9, 2011

  •, Mississippi Votes Against Embryos’ Human Rights, But National Debate Continues, November 9, 2011

  • CNN, Mississippi Voting on Personhood, November 8, 2011

  • CNN, American Morning (November 7, 2011):

  • Wisconsin Public Radio, At Issue with Ben Merens (November 7, 2011):

  • Financial Times, Mississippi to Vote on Abortion, November 6, 2011

  • ABC News, Mississippi’s ‘Personhood’ Amendment a Challenge for Moderate Conservatives, November 4, 2011

  • Scientific America, Mississippi to Vote on ‘Personhood,’ November 1, 2011

  • The New York Times, Push for ‘Personhood’ Amendment Represents New Tack in Abortion Fight, October 25, 2011

  • Newsweek (The Daily Beast), Will Mississippi Ban IVF?, October 24, 2011

  • Clarion Ledger, Weighing Personhood: Initiative’s Effects Could be Profound, October 8, 2011

  • Mississippi Business Journal, ‘26’ Backers in Mississippi See Amendment as “Kill Shot’ to Abortion in U.S., October 6, 2011


Memberships & Admissions:

  • American Bar Association

  • Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania

  • Barrister, Charles Clark Inn of Court (Secretary 2010-present)

  • Member, Discharge Advisory Committee, Mississippi State Hospital (Whitfield)

  • Member, Bioethics Committee, Mississippi State Hospital (Whitfield)


Law School & Institutional Service:

  • Advisor, Mississippi College Law Review

  • Advisor, Health Law Society

  • Advisor, Poetic Justice Society

  • Admissions Committee, 2009-present

  • Strategic Planning Committee, 2012-present

  • Coach, Health Law Moot Court Team

  • 1L Professor of the Year - §Y (2009-2010)

  • 1L Professor of the Year - §Y (2010-2011)

  • 1L Professor of the Year - §Y (2011-2012)

  • 1L Professor of the Year - §Z (2012-2013)

  • 1L Professor of the Year - §Z (2013-2014)