Brendan S. Maher

Brendan S. Maher

Professor of Law

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Get to Know Brendan S. Maher

What drew you to the law?

The law is never far from anything that matters. Our country relies more on the rule of law than any other nation. That’s something to be proud of, something worth defending, something worth being a part of.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

The students, no question. My favorite time of the week is when I’m in class. Self-improvement is hard. Learning is hard. But law students are up to the challenge. Most of them gave up job opportunities or time with their families to learn the law. I could not be more honored to help them on that journey.

What do you hope students gain from your courses?

Understanding of doctrine, policy, theory, and practice. Confidence. Empathy. The law is not simply an aggregation of bloodless principles. It’s a collection of rules that we hope will guide human behavior toward outcomes that benefit all. There is no law, no justice, no decency without thoughtful human beings at the center.

What did you do prior to entering academia?

I was a litigator. I worked on all sorts of cases in all sorts of forums, from state courts in South Texas to the Supreme Court of the United States. I represented individuals, companies, and governments.

What are you passionate about outside the law?

Soccer, in particular the United States Men’s National Team and Liverpool Football Club. Craft beer. Barbecue. Breakfast burritos. Dance songs (mostly old school).

What are your research interests?

I am a regulatory theorist who focuses on the law of health care and other socially important goods (such as pensions and insurance). Most recently I have written about the importance of cross-subsidies in the provision of health care and other important goods, and I believe the use of cross-subsidies will be an increasingly important aspect of regulatory theory and practice in the coming decades.

Presentations

“Regulating Machine Learning,” Travelers Company Lecture (June 27, 2019)

“The ALI’s Restatement of Law, Liability Insurance,” (April 5, 2019)

“Is U.S. Insurance Law Unconstitutional? A Scholarly Debate,” (Mar 13, 2019)

“Next Steps in Health Reform,” American University (October 13, 2017) 

“Rethinking Employment-Based Retirement Approaches,” Defined Contribution Investment Association Academic Conference (October 18, 2017)

“Unlocking Exchanges,” Sixth Annual Employee Benefits Conference, University of Minnesota School of Law (April 7, 2017)

“Unlocking Exchanges,” Harvard Law School Health Law Workshop Series (February 13, 2017)

“Microsoft v. Baker,” Yale Law School (December 1, 2016) 

“Good Health Policy or Discrimination: How to Tell the Difference,” University of Houston Law Center, Health Law & Policy Institute (November 4, 2016)

Expertise

  • Benefits law
  • Civil procedure
  • Complex commercial litigation
  • Health law
  • Pension law

Courses

  • Business Organizations
  • Civil Procedure
  • Employee Benefits
  • Evidence
  • Health Law
  • Payor Systems

Academic Experience

Texas A&M School of Law, 2020-
University of Connecticut School of Law, 2013-2020
Oklahoma City University School of Law, 2009-2013

Education

  • J.D., Harvard Law School
  • A.B., Stanford University (Phi Beta Kappa)

Awards / Honors

  • Connecticut Mutual Professor of Law (endowed chair), 2017-20, University of Connecticut School of Law
  • Robert D. Paul Scholar, 2013-20, University of Connecticut School of Law
  • Professor of the Year 2012-13, Oklahoma City University School of Law
  • Professor of the Year 2011-12, Oklahoma City University School of Law

Other Professional Activities

  • Chair, University of Connecticut Faculty Appointments Committee, 2019
  • Appointed Member (by Comptroller of the State of Connecticut), Connecticut State Retirement Security Board, 2014-16
  • Elected Member, Decanal Search Committee, Oklahoma City University, 2011-12