Curriculum Vitae Biosketch

  • Distinguished Professor, Philosophy, University of Utah
  • Adjunct Professor, Family And Preventive Medicine, University of Utah
  • Adjunct Professor, Internal Medicine, University of Utah
  • Adjunct Professor, Political Science Department, University of Utah
  • Distinguished Professor, College Of Law, University of Utah



  • Ph.D. 1974, Philosophy, University of Michigan. Project: Impartiality and the Justification of Moral Principles
  • JD 1981, Law, University of Utah

Honors & Awards

  • President-Elect. American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, 04/2014
  • Distinguished Professor. University of Utah, 05/08/2009
  • Rosenblatt Prize for Excellence. University of Utah, 05/2000


Leslie P. Francis holds joint appointments as Alfred C. Emery professor of law and professor of philosophy, and adjunct appointments in Family and Preventive Medicine (in the Division of Public Health), Internal Medicine (in the Division of Medical Ethics), and Political Science. She was appointed to the rank of Distinguished Professor in 2009. Professor Francis received a B.A. from Wellesley College, where she graduated with high honors in philosophy and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She received a Ph.D. in philosophy (1974) from the University of Michigan. After joining Utah's philosophy faculty, she received her J.D. from the University of Utah (1981) and served as a law clerk to Judge Abner Mikva on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Appointed to the law faculty in 1982, she teaches and writes extensively in the areas of health law, bioethics, and disability. Professor Francis currently serves as a member of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, where she co-chairs the subcommittee on Privacy, Confidentiality, and Security; and as a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (IVR). Professor Francis has been a member of the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee and of the American Bar Association's Commission on Law and Aging.

In the College of Law, Professor Francis teaches contracts, disability law, health law, and bioethics and the law. In the Department of Philosophy, she teaches bioethics, environmental ethics, and philosophy of law. She is currently leading the College of Law's project on Law, Biosciences, and Health Policy.


  • French, functional.