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Rev. Thomas J. Davis, Jr.

Rev. Thomas J. Davis, Jr.

Adjunct Professor of Bioethics

Rev. Thomas J. Davis, Jr., Ph.D., is an adjunct professor of Bioethics.

Rev. Tom Davis is a priest of the Melkite Catholic Church, one of the Byzantine Catholic Churches privileged to enjoy full communion with the See of Rome. He serves at St. Ann Melkite Catholic Church in Danbury, Connecticut. Rev. Tom teaches courses in Medical Ethics, Case Studies and Applied Topics in Bioethics, and Bioethics and the Law. He also serves as Chair of the Bioethics Graduate Concentration Program. Rev. Tom is a member of the Finance Council of the Eparchy of Newton for Melkite Catholics in the United States and its Legal and Investment committees. He has been an assistant attorney general of the State of Connecticut since 1991 and previously served as an assistant corporation counsel of the City of New York. He lives in Sandy Hook, Connecticut with his wife Joanne and their three children, Greg, Julia, and Sophia.


  • Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) Fordham University, New York, NY (1978)
  • Certificate of Studies (International Human Rights and International Energy Law) University of San Diego School of Law, institute on International and Comparative Law, Paris, France (1979)
  • Juris Doctor, Quinnipiac University School Law, North Haven, CT (1981). Lead Articles Editor of the Law Review (1980-81)
  • LL.M. (Master of Laws in Trade Regulation) New York University School of Law, New York, NY (1988)
  • Certification in Teaching Advocacy Skills, National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA), Harvard Law School, Cambridge , MA (1998)
  • Master of Arts (Moral Theology) Holy Apostles College & Seminary, Cromwell, CT (2004)
  • Allied Attorney Graduate, Alliance Defending Freedom Legal AcademyLaguna Niguel, CA (2011)


  • Evaluation of the Mechanism of Action of Anti-Fertility Treatment in Cases of Sexual Assault: Moral Certitude and Human Acts (book chapter in Contemporary Controversies in Catholic Bioethics, edited by Jason T. Eberl, forthcoming in the Springer Catholic Studies in Bioethics Series, ed. Christopher Tollefsen (2016)
  • The Labeling of Plan B, A Summary of the Regulatory Discussions, Ethics & Medics, National Catholic Bioethics Center (August, 2012)
  • Plan B Agonistics: Doubt, Debate, and Denial, Lead Article, National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly (winter, 2010-2011)
  • Remaking the Church, Four Part Series, National Catholic Register, 2010 (Retrospective exposé of Voice of the Faithful, its role in attempts to amend Connecticut’s Religious Corporations Act to oust clerical authority in Catholic parish corporate entities, and the theological and exegetical errors driving its agenda)
  • A Case Specific Primer on the Principle of Cooperation: Emergency Contraception Mandates, presented at the Twenty-Second Workshop for Bishops (2009), National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC). Abridged video presentation available from NCBC entitled Impact of Legislative Mandates on the Catholic Health Care Ministry: ncbcenter.org/Page.aspx?pid=191&nccsm=21&__nccscid=4&__nccsct=Videos&__nccspID=981. Full text (coming soon)
  • Plan B and the Rout of Religious Liberty, Ethics & Medics, National Catholic Bioethics Center (December, 2007)
  • An “A” Plan for Plan B, Connecticut’s Cautionary Tale, National Catholic Register (2007)
  • Understanding Plan B, The Catholic Transcript, April, 2007.
  • Advance Medical Directives in the Autonomy Wilderness: Anthropology, Culture and Meaning, Holy Apostles College & Seminary Library, Masters Thesis Reserve Section. Available online soon
  • Fine Art and Moral Rights: The Immoral Triumph of Emotionalism, Lead Article, 17 Hofstra Law Review 317 (winter, 1989).

Reported Appellate Decisions

  • 184 Windsor Avenue LLC v. State of Connecticut, 274 Conn. 302 (2005)
  • Perrone v. State of Connecticut, 122 Conn. App. 391 (2010)
  • Garcia v. Hebert, 352 Fed.Appx. 602 (2d Cir. 2009)
  • Garcia v. Hebert, 594 Fed.Appx. 26 (2d Cir.), cert denied, 136 S.Ct. 55 (2015)
  • Garcia v. Hebert, 622 Fed.Appx. 21 (2d. Cir. 2015)


Catholic Medical Association, Archdiocese of Hartford (2011)


Fellowship of Catholic Scholars; Society of Catholic Social Scientists; Bars of the State of Connecticut, State of New York, United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, and United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit