Anatomy for Lawyers, the award winning CLE series
developed and taught by Professor Samuel D. Hodge, Jr.
(pictured, left) will expand in January 2014 into an eight
week CLE offering that will provide a joint certificate in
Medicine and Law.
This 18 hour course will be a collaborative effort among the
Temple Schools of Law and Medicine and the Fox School’s Legal
Studies Department. Professor Hodge, who chairs that department,
will co-teach the course with Virginia Graziani, M.D., J.D., Steven
Popoff, Ph.D ., and the anatomy faculty from the medical school.
Classes will be held one night each week at the medical school and
will include classroom lectures, hands-on instruction, and actual
dissections of the body in the anatomy lab, and diagnostic imaging
Following an introductory lecture and a discussion of medical
ethics, the course will cover dissections of:
• The spine and spinal cord
• Upper extremities
• Lower extremities
• Thoracic cavity
• Abdomen and pelvis
• Head and neck
Professor Hodge explained the reasons for expanding the popular
CLE series: “Lawyers are trained to recognize or defeat
theories of liability. That, however, is only a part of a claim.
Medical issues, such as causation and damages, play an equally
important role, but most attorneys are not educated in medical
matters. This joint certificate program is designed to help
attorneys better understand the nuances of medicine. Attorneys will
obtain ‘hands on’ experience in the dissection lab as they learn
the intricacies of the human body while being exposed to how the
human systems work individually and collectively as a unit.”
Upon successful completion of the program, attorneys will receive
the appropriate CLE credits and certificates in Medicine and Law
from both the law and medical schools.