American, Georgetown, and Hamline Law Offer Summer 2014 Health Law Courses

American University Washington College of Law’s seventh annual Health Law & Policy Summer Institute will run from June 16 to June 28. The Institute’s flexible schedule includes day, evening, and online courses focusing on: (1) pharmaceutical law, (2) bioethics, (3) health care fraud and compliance, and (4) the economics of health care reform.

The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University is pleased to present two programs this summer: (1) Emerging Issues in Food and Drug Law and (2) U.S. Health Reform – The Affordable Care Act.  Now in its third year, the Summer Programs will convene leading practitioners, policymakers, advocates and academics in global food and drug law and US health reform for a series of interactive lectures, panel discussions, and case studies.  Held during consecutive weeks, July 14-18 (Emerging Issues in Food and Drug Law) and July 21-25 (US Health Reform – The Affordable Care Act), interested participants may attend one or both programs.  Additional details, including schedule, speakers, online application, and program fees may be found here.  Questions may be directed to

The Hamline University School of Law Health Law Institute is pleased to offer a variety of condensed health law courses taught by academic and industry experts in Saint Paul, MN. Courses include: (1) Health Care Compliance Institute, (2) Biotechnology Policy, (3) Elder Law, and (4) Health Care Fraud and Abuse. Courses will run from May 27th through June 28th. Additional information, including the application and course descriptions can be found here.


Ten Faculty Fellowships Awarded to Promote Public Health Law Education

Official Press Release:

Atlanta – Georgia State University College of Law and its Center for Law Health & Society have selected 10 faculty fellows to participate in the Future of Public Health Law Education: Faculty Fellowship Program. The program is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to foster innovations and build a learning community among those who teach public health law at professional and graduate schools. For more information, visit

The fellows, chosen from across the country, will develop interdisciplinary courses and programs in public health law at their respective universities during the fellowship year. Their projects will strengthen interdisciplinary education in public health law and promote collaborations with public health agencies and organizations in the fellows’ communities.

The fellows are:

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Max Mehlman: 2014 McDonald Merrill Ketcham Awardee for Excellence in Law & Medicine

By Nicolas Terry Cross-posted from HealthLawProf Blog

The Hall Center for Law and Health at Indiana University McKinney School of Law is proud to welcome Professor Maxwell Mehlman to receive the McDonald Merrill Ketcham Award for Excellence in Law & Medicine for 2014. For more details please see here.

Professor Mehlman serves as Distinguished University Professor, Petersilge Prof. of Law and Director of the Law-Medicine Center, Case Western Reserve School of Law, and Professor of Biomedical Ethics, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. His lecture is entitled “Are Physicians Fiduciaries for Their Patients?” Professor Mehlman will then join a panel discussion on the topic. The panelists are Mary Ott, M.D., M.A., Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine, Joshua Perry, J.D., M.T.S., Assistant Professor of Business Law and Ethics and a Life Sciences Research Fellow, Indiana University Kelley School of Business (Bloomington) and Mark Rothstein, J.D., Herbert F. Boehl Chair of Law and Medicine, University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, and Director of the Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law, University of Louisville School of Medicine.

International Aid, Public Health, and Corruption

My wonderful HLS colleague Matthew Stephenson has just launched the Global Anticorruption Blog (GAB). As it happens, his first two posts may be of interest to BOH readers, especially those  may be of interest to readers interested in international aid for public health projects, of the sort supported by the Gates Foundation.  The first post argues that the extent of corruption in these projects is much larger than the Gates Foundation and others acknowledge.  The second post contends that one reason for lowballing of corruption estimates is political: these projects depend substantially on public funding, and political support for health aid may be undercut by candid assessments of the extent of the corruption and fraud problems. Both the posts and the blog are well worth a read.

A New Way to Keep Up with New PHLR

This week, PHLR launched its SciVal Experts PHLR Community website.  The core of the site is publications and other information for 300 leading public health law researchers doing empirical evaluations of the impact of laws and legal practices on health. The SciVal system allows visitors to find experts by topic, to trace their institutional and individual networks, and to find the latest publications in the field.

We encourage you to visit the site and explore for yourself, but we’ll also begin periodically sharing batches of publications on this blog.

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Announcing the New Journal of Law and Biosciences

The Petrie-Flom Center and Harvard Law School are delighted to announce our partnership with Duke University, Stanford University, and Oxford University Press to launch a new peer-reviewed, open access, online journal in 2014: Journal of Law and the Biosciences (JLB).

JLB will become the preeminent outlet to publish cutting-edge scholarship wherever law and the biosciences intersect. The journal will take a broad and interdisciplinary view of these areas, publishing articles on topics generally considered part of bioethics or neuroethics, such as the ethical, legal, and social implications of reproductive technologies, genetics, stem cell research, neuroscience, or human biological enhancement.  At the same time, JLB will be a home for work that speaks directly to legal issues where the biosciences can be involved, such as food and drug regulation, biosciences patent law, scientific evidence, and criminal responsibility.

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Beyond Roe: Reproductive Justice in A Changing World

Blogging highlights from Rutgers-Camden (conference coordinated by Professor Kimberly Mutcherson)

A few blog highlights from the Beyond Roe conference at Rutgers-Camden:

Excellent Keynote remarks presented by Byllye Avery, founder of Black Women’s Health Imperative and MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (aka Genius Award). Dr. Avery urges a close examination of the states challenging reproductive access.  She explains a link between former slave states as the new battlefront in reproductive equality…

June Carbone gives a provocative preview of her forthcoming book with Naomi Cahn: The Marriage Market

Dazon Dixon Diallo, President of Sister Love, Inc-presents new empirical data on race, youth, and reproductive decision-making and African American youths’ perspectives on abortion.

Young scholars to watch out for:

Aziza Ahmed, Assistant Professor at Northeastern School of Law presents a project on Scientific Expertise in Abortion Jurisprudence.

Lisa Kelly, SJD candidate at Harvard Law School gives an enlightening talk on Transnational abortion rights and the litigation emerging in Latin American countries.

Terrific project on the rise by Grace Howard, a PhD student at Rutgers University who presented a talk: When the Crime is Birth: “Meth Babies” and the Limits of Pure White

The Petrie-Flom Center Unveils New Website

The Petrie-Flom Center is proud to announce our new website: The site continues to provide key information about the Center, our fellows, and events, but it is now poised to become the go-to place for news, scholarship, and other information on health law policy, biotechnology, and bioethics.

Please stop by and take a look at some of the great new features:

  • Our front page now highlights key national and international news stories in our fields, as well as news and scholarly announcements regarding our affiliates, recent blog posts from here at Bill of Health, and an at-a-glance view of our upcoming events.
  • At our new events page, you can view – and share – all upcoming events, or sort items by type: lectures/panels, conferences, and workshops. You can also view an archive of our previous events (which is still in development) and watch event videos as they become available.
  • We have added a resources page, where you can find primers on key topics in health law policy, biotechnology, and bioethics, including the Affordable Care Act, conflicts of interest, conscience, human subjects research, gene patenting, reproductive rights, vaccines, and more. You can also head to this page to find scholarship and media commentary from our affiliates.
  • For students, there are now pages (also in development) collating curricular resources and programs at Harvard and elsewhere.
  • The new site allows us to tag items by subject, which will making searching for what you’re interested in easier and more informative. Scroll down to the footer to see popular tags.
  • Finally, check back soon for a new “Opportunities” tab, where we’ll highlight jobs, fellowships, and other items of interest in the fields of health law policy, biotechnology, and bioethics from beyond the Petrie-Flom Center.

As we launch the new site, there are sure to be a few kinks. Please let us know if you find something that isn’t working quite as it should, or if you need help locating something from our old webpage.

We’d love to hear your feedback! In particular, if you have ideas for our key topics initiative, or another resource that ought to be included under the For Students tab, please let us know.

You can also follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on PFC news and announcements.

2014 Health Law Student Scholarships for Healthcare Compliance Certification Program at Seton Hall

Healthcare Compliance Certification Program 

2014 Health Law Student Scholarships

Seton Hall University School of Law 

Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy 

The Healthcare Compliance Certification Program is a multi-day educational program that addresses the myriad of legal and compliance issues faced by the pharmaceutical and medical device industries.

Purpose: This award recognizes promising health law students with an aptitude for and commitment to a career in health law with a focus on the legal and compliance issues within the pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical technology industries.

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Health Law Chair Position at Loyola University Chicago

Nadia N. Sawicki

I’m pleased to announce that Loyola University Chicago School of Law is seeking to fill the recently created Bernard J. Beazley Chair in Health Law and Policy.  My colleagues and I at the the Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy are excited for the opportunity to welcome a distinguished scholar of health law into the Loyola community.

Inquiries should be directed to Prof. Spencer Weber Waller, the chair of the search committee, at  swalle1 at Interested candidates should submit an application at

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9/16 Workshop: Kimani Paul-Emile on Race, Ex-Offender Status, and Employment Discrimination

On Monday, September 16, the Petrie-Flom Center’s Health Law Policy and Bioethics Workshop will host Kimani Paul-Emile of the Fordham University School of Law. Paul-Emile’s presentation is titled “Beyond Title VII: Rethinking Race, Ex-offender Status And Employment Discrimination In The Information Age.”

All meetings of the Workshop are free and open to the public. You can download Paul-Emile’s paper and view the full schedule of upcoming workshops here.

Upcoming Event: Larry Temkin speaking on “Global Poverty: Why Should We Care?”

Want to know more about the ethics of aid? Want to hear the inspiring talk that’s convinced students across the northeast to take global poverty seriously? Join Harvard High-Impact Philanthropy for our first talk of the semester with ethicist Larry Temkin! RSVP here for

Global Poverty: Why Should We Care?

a talk by Larry Temkin

 Thursday, September 12

8 PM

Science Center E 

Each year, millions of children die from readily preventable causes. This raises an obvious and poignant question. What, if anything, should our reaction be to the apparent fact that each one of us could easily prevent the deaths of many innocent people who are not responsible for their unfortunate plight?

Larry Temkin is a professor of philosophy at Rutgers. He holds a Ph.D. from Princeton and is the author of “Rethinking the Good: Moral Ideals and the Nature of Practical Reasoning” (OUP, 2012) and “Inequality” (OUP, 1993). He has received seven fellowships and eight major teaching awards.

The lecture will take place in Harvard’s Science Center, Hall E (in the basement), and will be followed by a Q&A period.

This lecture is also the kick-off event for our Philanthropy Fellowship, a new program this year. Fellows will attend talks and private dinners/receptions with many speakers on effective altruism, including Princeton ethicist Peter Singer, Skype co-founder Jaan Tallinn, and cosmologist Max Tegmark. At the end, we’ll pick a cause that we think is important and raise funds for it ourselves, to be matched by an anonymous donor. To apply, fill out this short application by Sunday, Sep. 15!

A New Film on HIV Criminalization

By Scott Burris

A new documentary from the HIV Justice Network gets the views of researchers on the impact of HIV criminalization.  Call it Evidencer-Based film-making.  It premiered last night at the US Conference on HIV and can be seen here. made by Edwin Bernard and Nick Feustel, it captures the issues and what we know in 30 minutes of interviews with some excellent researchers.

On a personal note: sometimes, you know, people who are, you know, being filmed at, you know, the end of the day are, you know, not always as eloquent as, you know, they would like.