Maxine M. Harrington

Professor Emerita

Maxine M. Harrington

“I am energized by teaching.”

Get to Know Maxine M. Harrington

What drew you to the law?

I grew up in a time of great social and political change. Lawyers were able to use the power of the law to make a lasting impact.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

Teaching is my passion. I hope that students feel the same enthusiasm for learning as I do for teaching.

What do you hope students gain from your courses?

I want students to realize that they are in law school primarily to learn the critical thinking, analytical and communication skills that are necessary for a career in the law. In the future, students will need these skills to solve problems they have not previously encountered and to apply law that may not now exist. The study of law is a lifelong process, and students need to acquire the ability to be self-directed learners who can adapt to a changing legal landscape.

What did you do prior to entering academia?

I was in-house counsel for a large federal psychiatric hospital in the District of Columbia. After relocating to Texas, I entered private practice, where I defended physicians and other health care providers in medical malpractice cases.

What are you passionate about outside of the law?

My family. I also enjoy reading, hearing or watching anything related to medicine.

What are your research interests?

My scholarship and teaching focus on health law, bioethics, tort reform and the legal response to medical error.


Link to my publications.


  • Panel member, “Health Care in a Civil Society: Who’s Accountable for Your Health?,” Tarrant County Academy of Medicine Ethics Consortium (February 2014)
  • “HIPAA Privacy Fundamentals,”All-Star Faculty CLE, Texas Wesleyan University Alumni Association (February 2013)
  • Presenter and facilitator, “Speak for Yourself,” program on advance directives sponsored by the Tarrant County Academy of Medicine Ethics Consortium and the Coalition for Quality End-of-Life Care (March 2013)
  • “Confidentiality and Privacy of Medical Information,” Grand Rounds, University of North Texas Health Science Center (September 2013)
  • “Advances in Neuroimaging and the Vegetative State, Implications for End-of-Life Care,” Legal, Medical, and Ethical Issues in Minnesota End-of-Life Care Symposium (November 2012)
  • Panel member, Ethical Dilemmas,” M.D. Anderson PreProfessional Program, Texas Wesleyan University (February 2010)
  • “Legal Aspects of Compulsory Vaccination,” Northeast Tarrant County Bar Association CLE program (June 2010)
  • Panel member, “Bioethics,” Fort Worth Life Sciences Coalition (February 2008)
  • “The Thin Flat Line: Are Organs Being Removed from Donors Who Are Not Legally Dead?,” Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy, Loyola University Chicago School of Law (March 2008)
  • “The Debate Over ‘Futile’ Care Under the Texas Advance Directives Act,” Fort Worth Paralegal Association (July 2008)


  • Health law
  • Medical malpractice
  • Bioethics and the law
  • Torts


  • Torts
  • Advanced Torts
  • Health Law
  • Bioethics & the Law Seminar
  • Remedies

Academic Experience

  • Professor of Law
    Texas A&M University School of Law (2013-​2018)
  • Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
    Texas A&M University School of Law (2013-2016)
  • Professor of Law
    Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (2008-2013)
  • Associate Professor
    Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (2003-2008)
  • Visiting Associate Professor
    Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (2002-2003)
  • Adjunct, Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Program
    Texas Wesleyan University (2010-2014)


  • J.D., The George Washington University National Law Center, with high honors
    • Order of the Coif
  • B.A., University of North Dakota, magna cum laude
    • Phi Beta Kappa