Associate Professor of Law
BA, 1999, Michigan State University; JD, summa cum laude, 2002, Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Room 526 | Phone: 501-916-5466 | Email
Assistant: Jennifer Maxwell | Room 524 | Phone: 501-916-5440 |Email
Christopher Trudeau has a dual role at the UA Little Rock, Bowen School of Law and at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), where he is the Regulatory Knowledge & Support Group Leader for the UAMS Translational Research Institute.
In his role at Bowen, Professor Trudeau primarily teaches Research, Writing, and Analysis I & II. Professor Trudeau is one of the leading experts on drafting clear, public-facing contracts and health forms, so he enjoys teaching the contract drafting course when schedules permit it. In 2012, Professor Trudeau published the first U.S. study to measure the public’s preferences for legal communication, and he recently published an international version of this study in Bowen’s Law Review titled, The Public Speaks, Again: An International Study of Legal Communication, 40 U. Ark. Little Rock L. Rev. 247 (2017).
During his time at UAMS, Professor Trudeau has been faculty in UAMS’s Center for Health Literacy, as he is a leading expert in the legal aspects of health literacy in both clinical and research settings. More recently, Trudeau has taken on a leadership role leading the Regulatory Knowledge & Support function of UAMS’s Translational Research Institute. In this role, he conducts empirical research on the impact that clear health communication has clinical trial participation, he designs tools and materials to help aid clinical researchers, and teaches health law and communication courses to medical students and students in other health professions.
Trudeau is a leading expert on health literacy, informed consent, and risk communication. He is an Executive Board Member of the International Health Literacy Association. He is also the first lawyer to be appointed to the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on Health Literacy. Also, because of Trudeau’s expertise in healthcare regulations and clear communication, he is an appointed member of the Food & Drug Administration’s Risk Communication Advisory Committee. Trudeau frequently speaks all over the globe on how to communicate legal and health information in ways that both engage patients and better protect healthcare organizations.
In his free time, Professor Trudeau is an avid golfer and ultra-runner. He has run 12 marathons and 3 ultra-marathons. He is anxious to return to form and through-hike the Ouachita Trail.