Michael DeBoer – Faulkner Law

Michael DeBoer

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Law


Michael J. DeBoer joined the law school faculty in 2011 as an associate professor of law.


  • LL.M. summa cum laude, Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis (2011)
  • J.D. magna cum laude, Valparaiso University School of Law (1998)
  • M.Div., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (1995)
  • M.A.R. summa cum laude, Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary (1993)
  • B.A. summa cum laude, Liberty University (1992)
  • Additional Study/Training: University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Colorado (graduate courses in history); The Witherspoon Institute, Princeton, New Jersey (church and state seminar: Religion and Liberty in the American Founding Era)

Courses Taught and Research Interests

Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Contracts, Criminal Procedure, Employment Law, Health Care Law and Bioethics, Jurisprudence, Law and Religion, Professional Malpractice, Public Health Law, State Constitutional Law

Professional Experience

  • Associate Attorney, Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP (health law, labor and employment, litigation, and religious institutions practice groups)
  • Judicial Law Clerk to Judge Theresa L. Springmann, United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • Judicial Law Clerk to Justice Brent E. Dickson, Indiana Supreme Court
  • Assistant Professor of Law, Liberty University School of Law
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Valparaiso University

Additional Experience

  • Participant, Comparative Effectiveness Study Group, Sponsored by the Indiana University Consortium for Health Policy, Law and Bioethics
  • Editor-in-Chief, Valparaiso University Law Review
  • Federal Judicial Extern to Judge Andrew P. Rodovich, United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana

Court Admissions

  • Indiana State Courts (1998) (active)
  • Colorado State Courts (2003) (inactive)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado

Current or Past Professional Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics
  • Calumet American Inn of Court
  • Christian Legal Society
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • Federalist Society
  • Hugh Maddox American Inn of Court
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association
  • Society of Christian Ethics

Select Awards

  • Corpus Juris Secundum Award (VUSOL Class of 1998)
  • Charles R. Gromley Scholar (VUSOL Class of 1998)
  • The Paulino de los Reyes and Joseph Block Prize in New Testament Greek (SEBTS 1995)
  • The J. Lake Williams Award in Christian Ethics (SEBTS 1994)

Law Review/Journal Articles

Other Publications

Essays and Opinion Pieces

Audio Commentary