Justice Schaller recently retired as an Associate Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court. As a retired Justice and a Judge Trial Referee, he continues to hear cases at the Connecticut Appellate Court and to mediate cases in the court system. He received his B.A. from Yale College in 1960 and his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1963. After practicing law for ten years, he was appointed to the Connecticut trial bench in 1974, the Appellate Court in 1992, and the Supreme Court in 2007. In addition to his faculty position at Trinity, he teaches appellate practice and procedure as a Clinical Visiting Lecturer at the Yale Law School and is a visiting lecturer in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at Wesleyan University. He has also held an appointment as a visiting lecturer at the University of Connecticut School of Public Health. At the Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, he has been an active member of working groups in neuroscience, public health, and human research ethics. His first book, A Vision of American Law: Judging Law, Literature, and the Stories We Tell, was published in 1997 (paperback edition, 2001) and received the Quinnipiac College School of Law Book Award. His next book, Understanding Bioethics and the Law: The Promises and Perils of the Brave New World of Biotechnology, was published in November, 2007. His most recent book, Veterans on Trial: The Coming Court Battles Over PTSD, was published by Potomac Books in June, 2012. In May, 2008, Justice Schaller was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by Quinnipiac University School of Law.
Justice Schaller's personal web page may be accessed at http://commons.trincoll.edu/barryschaller/
Justice Schaller lectures and comments widely on topics ranging from bioethics, neuroscience, mental health issues including PTSD and other consequences of military combat, and public health ethics and law. He regularly teaches courses on bioethics, neuroscience and law, public health law, and literature and law, to state court judges. He has served as faculty in programs of the MacArthur Foundation Law and Neuroscience Project, and the National Judicial College. He is currently involved in bioethics projects addressing legal issues in human research, neuroscience, Alzheimer's disease, and post traumatic stress syndrome. Justice Schaller has written a blog for the Peter Jennings Project, currently at the National Constitution Center (http://peterjenningsproject.blogspot.com/). He serves currently as Chair of the Connecticut Committee on Judicial Ethics for the Connecticut Judicial Branch. He served for many years as a member of the Executive Committee of the Judicial Branch and as Co-Chair of the Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules. Justice Schaller is a Charter Life Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation, and a member of the American Law Institute.
His courses at Trinity include bioethics, public policy and law, public health policy, justice in American society, and the role of courts and judges in shaping public policy. Using a modified form of the Socratic method, his seminars are based on active class discussion involving critical analysis and evaluation of the issues in law, ethics, policy and medicine. Analytical writing is emphasized with close attention to assisting each student to advance in clear reasoning as well as writing and speaking skills.