Debra Moss CurtisProfessor of Law
EducationB.A., Tufts University,
J.D., cum laude Boston College Law School,
Debra Moss Curtis became a full-time member of the faculty in 2001. Her current teaching focus is on Contracts, UCC: Secured Transactions and UCC: Sales. She also has taught Law Office Management Workshop, Introduction to the 4th Amendment in the online AAMPLE program, and Lawyering Skills and Values. She was promoted to Full Professor with tenure in 2008.
Most of her scholarship has been in the area of curriculum reform, attorney ethics, lawyering skills, critical reading, and learning skills. Her most recent work is “Beg Borrow or Steal: Ten Lessons Law Schools Can Learn from Other Educational Programs" and is pending publication by the University of San Francisco law review in 2014. Other recent works include "Legal Education at a Crossroads," a book examining curricular change in law schools nationwide, and fifty-state survey on the Attorney Discipline process throughout the United States published in the Journal of the Legal Profession.
Before joining the law center to establish the Public Interest Law Center in 1995, she was in active small-firm practice in the State of Florida, working in the areas of family law, wills, probate, civil and commercial litigation, and appellate practice.
Professor Curtis is co-director of the Public Service Fellows Program at the law center. She is very active in the Florida Bar, serving as one of four Chairs of “Vision 2016” the Bar’s comprehensive three year study of the future of the legal profession, beginning in September 2013. In the past, she has chaired a subcommittee on the Florida Law Related Education Committee, served as an inaugural member and Past-Chair of the Standing Committee on Judicial Independence, as well as serving on the Advertising Task Force, the Student Education and Bar Committee, the Professionalism Committee and recently serving as Reporter for the Hawkins Commission on Attorney Discipline.
Professor Curtis is also involved in community activities. She recently completed a two-year term as President of the Tufts Lawyers Association, a nationwide network of attorneys, and Chairs a committee on continuing education for the Tufts Alumni Council. She is a frequent presenter in the Bar's "Benchmarks" program promoting adult civics education. She has contributed to editing a statewide voters guide regarding merit retention of judges and serves as a national advisor and Board Member of Our Courts America, dedicated to bringing adult civics education nationwide. She also teaches Law Day activities to middle school students in Palm Beach County.
She was named "Professor of the Year" for the 2013-2014 academic year by the Student Bar Association. She previously won that honor in 2007.