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Donald Hermann

  • Professor of Law and Philosophy
  • Full-time
  • (312) 362-8383
  • 829 O'Malley Place
Professor Hermann served as a United States Supreme Court Judicial Fellow during Chief Justice Burger's term, was appointed a Law & Humanities Fellow at Harvard University, and was a Law & Economics Fellow at the University of Chicago. He completed his doctoral studies in Philosophy at Northwestern University and postdoctoral study in art history, theory and criticism at the School of the Art Institute. Professor Hermann inaugurated the Health Law Institute in 1985, and his research focuses on health law, AIDS law, law and popular culture, and sexual orientation and the law.


AB, Stanford University; JD, Columbia University; LLM, Harvard University; MA and PhD, Northwestern University; MAAH, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; MLA, University of Chicago; MA, Catholic Theological Union

Courses Taught


  • Law & Popular Culture Seminar
  • Legal Aspects of AIDS
  • Legal Aspects of Medical Ethics
  • Medical Ethics & The Law
  • Sexuality
  • Sexual Orientation & the Law



  • Articles
  • Books
  • Book Chapters
  • Book Reviews
  • Miscellaneous


2005 Symposium: Privacy and Identity: Constructing, Maintaining and Protectiong Personhood, Pulling the Fig Leaf Off the Right of Privacy: Sex and the Constitution, 54 DePaul L. Rev. 909 (2005). string;#Click Here
2002 Lessons Taught by Miss Evers’ Boys: The Inadequacy of Benevolence and the Need for Legal Protections of Human Subjects in Medical Research, 15 J.L. & Health 147 (2000-01). string;#Click Here
2002 Legal Incorporation and Cinematic Reflections of Psychological Conceptions of Homosexuality, 70 UMKC L. Rev. 495 (2002). string;#Click Here
2001 Religious Identity and the Health Care Market: Mergers and Acquisitions Involving Religiously Affiliated Providers, 34 Creighton L. Rev. 927 (2001). string;#Click Here
2000 The Development of AIDS Federal Civil Rights Law: Anti-Discrimination Law Protection of Persons Infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus, 33 Ind. L. Rev. 783 (2000). string;#Click Here
1997 The Question Remains: Are There Terminally Ill Patients Who Have A Constitutional Right to Physician Assistance in Hastening the Dying Process, 1 DePaul J. Health Care L. 445 (1997). string;#Click Here
1995 Health Care Corporate Law: Financing and Liability, 16 J. Leg. Med. 175 (1995). string;#
1994 Commentary: A Call for Authoritative CDC Guidelines for HIV-Infected Health Care Workers, 22 J. of L. Med. & Ethics 176 (1994). string;#
1994 Communicable Diseases and Sports Competition, 4 (no. 6) For the Record 6 (1994). string;#
1993 With Michael L. Closen et al., Criminalization of an Epidemic: HIV-AIDS and Criminal Exposure Laws, 46 Ark. L. Rev. 921 (1994). string;#Click Here
1992 Medicine Awaits Results of AIDS Debate of '91, 9 Med. Mal. L. & Strategy 1 (Mar. 1992). string;#
1992 AIDS Definition Postponed: AIDS Update, 9 Med. Mal. L. & Strategy 8 (Apr. 1992). string;#
1991 HIV and Your Practice, 94 Chicago Medicine 24 (1991). string;#
1991 Informed Consent and HIV - Infected Medical Personnel, 2 Cts, Health Sci. & L. 77 (1991). string;#
1991 State Legislature Consider Bills Dealing with HIV-Infected Health Care Providers in the Face of CDC Inaction, 24 J. Health & Hosp. L. 215 (1991). string;#
1990 Criminalizing Conduct Related to HIV Transmission, 9 St. Louis U. Pub. L. Rev. 351 (1990). string;#Click Here
1990 Autonomy, Self Determination, the Right of Involuntarily Committed Persons to Refuse Treatment, and the Use of Substituted Judgment in Medication Decisions Involving Incompetent Persons, 13 Int'l J.L. & Psychiatry 361 (1990). string;#
1989 With Rosalind D. Gagliano, AIDS, Therapeutic Confidentiality, and Warning Third Parties, 48 Md. L. Rev. 55 (1989). string;#Click Here
1989 The Basis for the Right of Committed Patients to Refuse Psychotropic Medication, 22 J. Health & Hosp. L. 176 (1989). string;#
1988 With Mary Roberts and Howard Singer, Sentencing of the Mentally Retarded Criminal Defendant, 41 Ark. L. Rev. 765 (1988). string;#Click Here
1988 With George F. DeWolfe, HIV Antibody Testing Without Patient's Informed Consent: Illinois Abandons Patients' Rights, 21 J. Health Hosp. L. 263 (1988). string;#
1988 Who Can Sue for AIDS?, Lawyer's Alert 10 ( April 4, 1988) string;#
1987 With Robert D. Gorman, Hospital Liability and AIDS Treatment: The Need for a National Standard of Care, 20 U. C. Davis L. Rev. 441 (1987). string;#Click Here
1987 With George F. DeWolfe, Medicolegal Aspects: When AIDS Patients Face Divorce, 22 Med. Aspects of Hum. Sexuality 87 (July 1988) string;#
1987 Meeting the Needs of the Homeless Mentally Ill: The Need to Provide a Commitment Standard for Crisis Intervention, 20 Hosp. L. 217 (1987). string;#
1987 Liability Related to Diagnosis and Transmission of AIDS, 15 Law Med. & Health Care 36 (1987). string;#
1986 The Supreme Court and the Religion Clauses: 1982 and 1984 Terms, 30 Cath. Law. 218 (1986). string;#Click Here
1986 Extraterritorial Criminal Jurisdiction in Securities Law Regulation, 16 Cumb. L. Rev. 207 (1985-1986). string;#Click Here
1986 Amnesia and the Criminal Law, 22 Idaho L. Rev. 257 (1985-1986). string;#Click Here
1986 Prisoners' Rights, 17 Tex. Tech. L. Rev. 681 (1986). string;#Click Here
1986 AIDS: Malpractice and Transmission Liability, 58 U. Colo. L. Rev. 63 (1986-87). string;#Click Here
1986 Barriers to Providing Effective Treatment: A Critique of Revisions in Procedural, Substantive, and Dispositional Criteria in Involuntary Civil Commitment, 39 Vand. L. Rev. 83 (1986). string;#Click Here
1986 Criminal Defenses and Pleas in Mitigation Based on Amnesia, 4 Behav. Sci. & L. 5 (Winter 1986). string;#Click Here
1986 The Code of Canon Law on Labour Relations, 90/91 Law & Just. 68 (1986). string;#Click Here
1986 AIDS: Malpractice and Medical Related Liability, 19 Hosp. L. 1 ( Dec. 1986). string;#
1986 Credentialing and Peer Review: Are They Constrained by Antitrust or Civil Rights Laws?, 11 Hosp. L. 1-5 (1986). string;#
1986 The Right to Die, The Seriously Ill and the Legal Process, 19 Hosp. L. 1-2 (1986). string;#
1985 With David M. Neff, Rush to Judgment: Congressional Response to Judicial Recognition of Rejection of Collective Bargaining Agreements Under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code, 27 Ariz. L. Rev. 617 (1985). string;#Click Here
1985 Legal Reasoning As Argumentation, 12 N. Ky. L. Rev. 467 (1985). string;#Click Here
1985 Organized Crime and White Collar Crime: Prosecution of Organized Crime Infiltration of Legitimate Business, 16 Rutgers L.J. 589 (1985). string;#Click Here
1985 The Code of Canon Law Provisions on Labor Relations, 44 The Jurist 153 (1984). string;#Click Here
1984 The Code of Canon Law Provisions on Labor Relations, 29 Cath. Law. 55 (1984). string;#Click Here
1984 With Helen L. Morrison et al., People of the State of Illinois vs. John Gacy: The Functioning of the Insanity Defense at the Limits of the Criminal Law, 86 W. Va. L. Rev. 1169 (1983-1984). string;#Click Here
1984 Clerical Employees, Religious Enterprises and Collective Bargaining, 35 Lab. L. J. 205 (1984). string;#Click Here
1984 Feuding on the Bench : The Brennan-Burger Contest to Control the Religion Clause, 2 Cognitions 10 (1984). string;#
1984 Fine-Tuning the Disconcerted Bureaucracy: A Job for the Superbureaucrats, 1 Cognitions 24 (1984). string;#
1983 With Yvonne S. Sor, Convicting or Confining? Alternative Directions in Insanity Law Reform: Guilty but Mentally Ill Versus New Rules for Release of Insanity Acquittees, 1983 BYU. L.Rev. 499. string;#Click Here
1983 Max Weber and the Concept of Legitimacy in Contemporary Jurisprudence, 33 DePaul L. Rev. 1 (1983-84). string;#Click Here
1983 Assault on the Insanity Defense: Limitations on the Effectiveness and Effect of the Defense of Insanity, 14 Rutgers L. J. 241 (1983). string;#Click Here
1983 Automatic Commitment and Release of Insanity Acquittees: Constitutional Dimensions, 14 Rutgers L. J. 667 (1983). string;#Click Here
1982 With Yvonne S. Sor, Property Rights in One's Job: The Case for Limiting Employment-at-Will, 24 Ariz. L. Rev. 763 (1982). string;#Click Here
1982 With Mark Allen Wilcox, An Economic Analysis of Incest: Prohibition, Behavior, and Punishment, 25 St. Louis U. L.J. 735 (1982). string;#Click Here
1982 Phenomonology, Structuralism, Hermeneutics, and Legal Study: Applications of Contemporary Continental Thought to Legal Phenomena, 36 U. Miami L. Rev. 379 (1982). string;#Click Here
1981 Airports and the Applicability of the Antitrust Laws, 45 Alb. L.Rev. 353 (1981). string;#Click Here
1981 Socrates on Justice and Legal Obligation, 11 Seton Hall L. Rev. 663 (1981). string;#Click Here
1981 Psychiatric and Psychological Expertise in the Trial Process in the United States, 19 Int'l Annals Criminology 91 (1981). string;#
1977 Criminal Prosecution of United States Multinational Corporations, 8 Loy.U.Chi.L.J. 465 (1977). string;#Click Here
1977 Criminal Justice Education in the United States, 48 Revue Int'l De Droit Penal 147 (1977). string;#
1976 Conspiracy, the Business Enterprise, White Collar Crime and Federal Prosecution: A Primer for Practice, 9 Creighton L. Rev. 647 (1975-1976). string;#Click Here
1975 Patterns of a Life in Law: A Consideration of Contemporary American Legal Biography, 24 DePaul L. Rev. 853 (1975). string;#Click Here
1975 A Structuralist Approach to Legal Reasoning, 48 S.Cal. L.Rev 1131 (1975). string;#Click Here
1975 Blame and Fault: a Consideration of Legal Responsibility, 5 Law in Am. Soc'y 9 (May 1976). string;#
1975 The Child in the Law's Views, 4 Law in Am. Soc'y 2 ( Sept. 1975). string;#
1974 Anti-Trust Law, 51 Chi.-Kent L.Rev. 288 (1974). string;#Click Here
1974 The Fallacy of Legal Procedure as Predominant Over Substantive Justice: A Critique of "The Rule of Law" in John Rawls' A Theory of Justice, 23 DePaul L.Rev. 1408 (1974). string;#Click Here
1973 Preventive Detention, A Scientific View of Man, and State Power, 1973 U. Ill. L. Forum 673 string;#Click Here
1973 The Evil Christ Crucified: The Ritual Function of Punishment, 19 Wayne L.Rev. 1409 (1973). string;#Click Here
1972 Developments in Trade Regulation Law Trade Secrets: State Protection Versus Federal Pre-emption, 22 DePaul L. Rev. 196 (1972). string;#Click Here
1972 Contempt: Sacrilege in the Judicial Temple-the Derivative Political Trial, 60 Ky.L.J. 565 (1971-1972). string;#Click Here
1972 Privacy, the Prospective Employee, and Employment Testing: The Need to Restrict Polygraph and Personality Testing, 47 Wash.L.Rev. 73 (1972). string;#Click Here


2006 Sexual Orientation and the Law : a Research Bibliography Selectively Annotating Legal Literature Through 2005 (William S. Hein & Co., 2006). string;#
2003 2002 Cumulative Supplement, Legal Aspects of Aids (West Group, 2003). string;#
1997 Mental Health and Disability Law in a Nutshell (West, 1997). string;#
1997 AIDS in Art: A Decade of Images of an Epidemic (Southern Illinois University Press, 1997). string;#
1996 With Robert M. Jarvis et al., AIDS Law in a Nutshell (2d ed., West, 1996). string;#
1995 With Arthur S. Leonard et al., AIDS Law and Policy: Cases and Materials (2nd ed., John Marshall, 1995). string;#
1995 With William P. Schurgin, Legal Aspects of Aids (Callaghan, 1991) with 1992, 1993 and 1995 Supplements. string;#
1993 2000 Annual Cumulative Supplement, Legal Aspects of Aids (Clark Boardman, 1993). string;#
1993 1999 Annual Supplement, Legal Aspects of AIDS (Clark Boardman, 1993). string;#
1993 AIDS in Art: A Social and Cultural Assessment (unpublished M.A. thesis, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1993). string;#
1990 With R.M. Jarvis et al., AIDS Law in a Nutshell (West, 1990). string;#
1990 Long-Term Care Facilities and the HIV Infected Client, (AIDS Monograph Series No. 3) (The Health Law Institute, DePaul U. Coll. L., 1990). string;#
1989 With Michael L. Closen et al., AIDS: Cases and Materials (John Marshall, 1989). string;#
1988 Legislative Proposal Authorizing Notification of Spousal, Sexual, and Needle-sharing Partners of HIV Antibody Positive Test Subjects (AIDS Monograph Series No. 2) (The Health Law Institute, DePaul U. Coll. L., 1988). string;#
1988 Co-Editor, Health Care Law (Ill. Inst. for Continuing Legal Educ., 1988). string;#
1985 Representing the Respondent in Civil Commitment Proceedings (ABA, l985). string;#

Book Chapters

2004 Religiously Affiliated Health Care Providers: Legal Structures and Transformations, Religious Organizations in the United States, in A Study of Legal Identity, Religious Freedom and the Law (Carolina Publishing Company, 2004). string;#
1993 With Scott Burris, Torts: Private Lawsuits about AIDS, Chapter 11 in AIDS and the Law (2d ed., Yale University Press, 1993). string;#
1992 Long-Term Care Facilities and the HIV Positive Client, in AIDS Legal Guide (Chicago Bar Association and AIDS Legal Counsel, 1992). string;#
1992 Health Care Chapter 10 & Tort Liability in 1992 Supplement to AIDS: Cases and Materials (John Marshall Publishing Co., 1992). string;#
1991 Health Law, Chapter 13 in 1991 Annual Survey of Illinois Law (Ill. Inst. for Continuing Legal Educ., 1991). string;#
1991 AIDS and the Law. Chapter 11 in AIDS and Ethics (Columbia Univ. Press, 1991). string;#
1990 Institutional and Professional Liability, Chapter 16 in AIDS and the Health Care System (Yale University Press, 1990). string;#
1990 Legal and Ethical Issues - Confidentiality, Testing, Right to Know, in Infectious Risks to Surgeons (Richard Howard ed., University of Florida Press, 1990). string;#
1990 Institutional and Professional Liability, in Hospitals, Health Care Professionals and AIDS (American Society of Law and Medicine ed., Yale University Press, 1990). string;#
1989 Health Law, ch. 12 in 1989 Annual Survey of Illinois Law (Ill. Inst. for Continuing Legal Educ., 1989). string;#
1988 Health Law, ch. 13 in 1988 Annual Survey of Illinois Law (Ill. Inst. for Continuing Legal Educ., 1988). string;#
1988 AIDS: Malpractice and Transmission Liability, in AIDS--One: Legal, Social & Ethical Issues Facing the Insurance Industry 275 (NILS, 1988). string;#
1988 Hospital Liability and AIDS Treatment in AIDS ONE: Legal, Social, and Ethical Issues Facing the Insurance Industry 325 (NILS, 1988). string;#
1988 With George F. DeWolfe, Health Care Planning Requirements, Chap. 4 in Health Care Law (Ill. Inst. for Continuing Legal Educ., 1988). string;#
1988 Liability Relating to Diagnosis and Transmission of AIDS, in AIDS--One: Legal, Social & Ethical Issues Facing the Insurance Industry 255 (NILS, 1988). string;#
1988 AIDS: Malpractice and Transmission Liability, in AIDS--One: Legal, Social & Ethical Issues Facing the Insurance Industry 275 (NILS, 1988). string;#
1988 Materials on The Role of the Court and Administrative Agencies in the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Epidemic, Sec. 4 in Business, Employment, and Litigation Issues Raised by AIDS (Ill. Inst. for Continuing Legal Educ., 1988). string;#
1988 Materials on The Financial Impact of AIDS on Health, Life and Disability Insurance, Sec. 16 in Business, Employment, and Litigation Issues Raised by AIDS, (Ill. Inst. for Continuing Legal Educ., 1988). string;#
1987 Extraterritorial Criminal Jurisdiction in Securities Laws Regulations, Chap. 3 in International Criminal Law: A Guide to U.S. Practice and Procedure (PLI, 1987). string;#
1987 Torts: Private Lawsuits about AIDS, in AIDS and the Law (Yale Univ. Press, 1987). string;#
1985 With George F. DeWolfe, Illinois Hospital Licensing Provisions and Accreditations, in 1 Representing Health Care Institutions and Professionals (Ill. Inst. for Continuing Legal Educ., 1985). string;#
1985 Insanity in 10 The World Book Encyclopedia 215 (86th ed., 1985). string;#

Book Reviews

2001 Book Review, Homosexuality and the High Court, 51 DePaul L. Rev. 1215 (2002), (reviewing Joyce Murdoch et al., Courting Justice: Gay Men and Lesbians v. The Supreme Court ( 2001)). string;#Click Here
1998 Book Review, The Law in Cinema: an Emerging Field of Study, 42 N.Y.L. Sch. L.Rev. 305 (1998), (reviewing Legal Reelism: Movies as Legal Texts edited by John Denvir (1996) and Paul Bergman et al., Reel Justice: the Courtroom Goes to the Movies (1996)). string;#Click Here
1990 Book Review,To Test or Not to Test, 76 A.B.A. J. 109 (March 1990), (reviewing Dorothy Nelkin et al., Dangerous Diagnostics: The Social Power of Biological Information (1989)). string;#Click Here
1989 Book Review, 75 A.B.A. J. 127 (May 1989), (reviewing Ronald Bayer, Private Acts, Social Consequences: AIDS and the Politics of Public Health (1989)). string;#Click Here
1987 Book Review, Celebrating the Bicentennial of the Living Constitution, 36 DePaul L. Rev. 611 (1987), (reviewing Archibald Cox, The Court and the Constitution (1987)). string;#Click Here
1983 Book Review, The Insanity Defense , 44 Ohio St. L. J. 987 (1983) (reviewing William J. Winslade et al , The Insanity Plea (1983)). string;#Click Here


1998 Insanity, 10 The World Book Encyclopedia 277 (1998). string;#
1996 Magic Has Learned A Lot --Now He's Teaching Us, Chi. Trib., Feb, 11, 1996 at C5. string;#Click Here
1991 Health Insurance Crisis Requires Comprehensive Reform, Chi. Sun-Times, April 27, 1991, at 14. string;#
1990 Who Teaches Billing 101?, Nat'l L.J., Nov. 12, 1990. string;#
1990 With Stephen R. Yates, The Dilemma of Psychiatric Treatment Refusal: Who Should Decide?, CBA Record, October 1990 at 24. string;#
1990 Substance Abuse and the Pregnant Woman: Management and Legal Issues, (Coffield Ungaretti Harris & Slavin/DePaul University College of Law, 1990). string;#
1989 Legislatures Must Decide Legal Status of Entrys, Altanta Constitution, August 24,1989. string;#
1989 Who Lives? Who Dies? Who Pays? (DePaul Univ. Alumni News Roundbook)(June, 1989). string;#
1989 Fetal Tissue Experiments Deserve Aid, Atlanta Constitution, Nov.16, 1989. string;#
1988 Pending State AIDS Bills Threaten Patients' Rights, 20 Chicago Outlines (No. 4) (Sept. 1988). string;#
1988 Private Law Issues Related to Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Transmission, DePaul L. Mag., Fall, 1988 at 5. string;#
1988 Who Can Sue for AIDS, 6 Audio Lawyer 4 (Aug. 1988). string;#
1987 AIDS, Leadership and New Laws, Chi. Tribune, Oct. 6, 1987, sec. 1, at 15, col. 2. string;#Click Here
1987 Helms Amendment Restricting Expenditures of Federal Funds, Chicago Outlines (December 24, 1987). string;#
1987 Leadership Needed on State AIDS Policy, Chi. Outlines (Oct. 1987). string;#
1987 Is AIDS Package Misleading, Contradictory? (Lawyer's Forum: AIDS Legislation), Chi. Daily L. Bull., Sept. 30, 1987, at 2, Col. 2. string;#
1987 In Defense of Surrogate Motherhood: A Right to Free Choice, Chicago Sun-Times (March 11, 1987). string;#
1978 In Memory of Richard Curtis Groll, 28 DePaul L Rev. xiii (1978) string;#Click Here