Michael S. Dauber received his J.D. from the St. John’s University School of Law, where he was a St. Thomas More Scholar and a member of the St. John’s Law Review and the Moot Court Honor Society. He also has an MA in bioethics from the New York University College of Global Public Health and a BA in philosophy and journalism from Fordham University (summa cum laude). He is primarily interested in trial and appellate litigation, arbitration, and mediation, with particular interests in securities, constitutional, and criminal law. His legal experience includes serving as an intern for Hon. Joseph F. Bianco in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, as a summer judicial intern for Hon. Kennth M. Karas in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (White Plains), as an intern with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York (Central Islip) in the Criminal and Civil Divisions, and as a summer associate with Milbank LLP. Before law school, he served as a volunteer clinical ethicist and worked as an institutional review board coordinator in the Human Research Protection Program in the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research at Northwell Health.

During law school, he was also President of the St. John’s University School of Law Criminal Law Society, the Editor-in-Chief of the Commercial Division Online Law Report and The Forum. He was also a member of the Federal Bar Association and Phi Alpha Delta. As a first year student, he participated in the Tinnelly Moot Court Competition, the Dispute Resolution Society’s First Year Negotiation Competition, and the Polestino Trial Advocacy Institute’s Brian Peterson Memorial First Year Trial Competition. Later in law school, he was part of the winning team in the Fall 2020 Charles M. Sparacio Criminal Internal Mock Trial Competition, where he received an individual award as one of the top 3 best advocates. He also won an award as the third best oralist at the American Bar Association Law Student Division National Appellate Advocacy Competition at the Boston Regional in spring 2021. At graduation, he won the Joseph Kerzner Prize for receiving the highest overall GPA, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award for receiving the highest grade in evidence, the Center for Trial and Appellate Advocacy Award for Excellence in Moot Court (external competitions), and the Public Service Award for completing at least 500 hours of pro bono service.

His written work has appeared in Ethics, Medicine and Public Health (Elsevier), American Journal of Bioethics: Neuroscience, STAT News, Becker’s Hospital Review, The Hastings Center’s Bioethics Forum, Ethics and Society (Fordham University), The Gittenstein Institute for Health Law and Policy’s Bioethics Blog (Hofstra University), Practical Ethics: Ethics In The News (blog of the Uehiro Center for Practical Ethics at Oxford University), and Dialogue. His bioethics work has focused on issues in medical, nursing, and research ethics, and the ethics of new technologies and personal identity. He has written and presented on the ethics of three-parent babies, germ-line modification, animal research, human head transplantation, and luxury medicine. His law review note, entitled “The Curious Absence of Adequate Provocation Affirmative Defenses in Assault Cases,” will be published in the St. John’s Law Review.


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