Frederick K. Cox International Law Center
Frederick K. Cox International Law Center

Case Western Reserve University School of Law
2008 Jessup International Moot Court World Championship Team.

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The International Law Faculty

Sharona Hoffman
Edgar A. Hahn Professor of Law; Professor of Bioethics; Co-Director of the Law-Medicine Center
Phone: 216/368-3860

Professor of Law and Bioethics; BA 1985 (Wellesley), JD 1988 (Harvard), LLM in Health Law 1999 (Houston)
Sharona Hoffman is co-director of the Law-Medicine Center. She teaches the Health Care and Human Rights seminar. Prior to joining the law faculty in 1999, Prof. Hoffman was a Senior Trial Attorney at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Houston. In addition, she worked as an associate at O'Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles and served as a judicial clerk for U.S. District Judge Douglas W. Hillman of the Western District of Michigan. In 2003, she was a summer visiting professor at the University of Melbourne in Australia. January-April 2007, Prof. Hoffman served as a Guest Researcher at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Public Health Law Program in Atlanta. She has written and lectured widely about public health emergency preparedness. She teaches a course on International Health Law.


“Law, Liability, and Public Health Emergencies” has been accepted for publication in a forthcoming issue of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness.

“Addressing Privacy Concerns Through the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Privacy Rule,” 7 American Journal of Bioethics 48 (March 2007)

“Health Care in the United States: A Matter of Rights or Privilege?” IN HEALTH CAPITAL AND SUSTAINABLE SOCIOECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (Taylor & Francis, forthcoming 2007)

“E-Health Hazards: Provider Liability and Electronic Health Record Systems” was accepted for publication in the Berkeley Technology Law Journal.

“Finding A Cure: The Case for Regulation and Oversight of Electronic Health Record Systems” was reprinted with permission in 9 Telehealth Law 53 (June 2009).

“Measure for Measure: The Government's Response to H1N1 and Remaining Liability Issues,” LexisNexis Emerging Issues Analysis (November 2009).

“Why Electronic Health Record Systems Require Safety Regulation,” BIOETHICS FORUM, March 20, 2009 (with Andy Podgurski)

“Finding a Cure: The Case for Regulation and Oversight of Electronic Health Record Systems” 22 Harvard Journal of Law & Technology 103 (2008) (with Andy Podgurski)

“Responders’ Responsibility: Liability and Immunity in Public Health Emergencies,” 96 Georgetown Law Journal 1913 (2008)

“Settling the Matter: Does Title I of the ADA Work?” 59 Alabama Law Review 305 (2008)

“Title I of the ADA: What We Know and Don’t Know About Its Impact in the Workplace,” 33 Administrative Law News (Summer 2008).

“Health Insecurity: The Vulnerability of Electronic Personal Health Information,” 32 Administrative Law & Regulatory News 7 (Spring 2007) (with Andy Podgurski)

“In Sickness, Health and Cyberspace: Protecting the Security of Electronic Private Health Information,” 48 Boston College Law Review 331 (2007) (with Andy Podgurski)

“Review of Sofia Gruskin, Michael A. Grodin, George J. Annas, and Stephen P. Marks (eds.), Perspectives on Health and Human Rights,” 7 American Journal of Bioethics 90 (March-April 2007)

“Securing the HIPAA security Rule,” 10 Journal of Internet Law 1 (February 2007) (with Andy Podgurski)

“Unmanaged Care: Should there be a Right to Health Care in the United States?” 15 Legal Medicine Perspectives 35, May/June 2006

“'Racially-Tailored' Medicine unraveled” 55 American University Law Review 395 (2005)

“The Suitability of IRB Liability,” 67 University of Pittsburgh Law Review 365 (2005) (with Jessica Wilen Berg)

“Birth After Death: Perpetuities and the New Reproductive Technologies,” 38 Georgia Law Review 575 (2004) (with Andrew P. Morriss)

“Is There A Place for Race As a Legal Concept,” 36 Arizona State Law Journal 1093 (2004) (lead article)

“Protect Intent of Donor,” The National Law Journal, September 6, 2004, reprinted in the New Jersey Law Journal (September 13, 2004) (Op/Ed)

“Corrective Justice and Title I of the ADA,” 52 American University Law Review 1213 (2003)

“Intrinsic Conflicts of Interest in Clinical Research: A Need for Disclosure,” 13 Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 83-91 (2003) (with Maxwell J. Mehlman, et al.)

“New Reproductive Technologies and the Inheritance Rights of Unborn Children,” 31 Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 721 (2003) (with Andrew P. Morriss)

“Regulating Clinical Research: Informed Consent, Privacy, and IRBs,” 31 Capital University Law Review 71 (Symposium Issue 2003)

“Unmanaged Care: Towards Moral Fairness in Health Care Coverage,” 78 Indiana Law Journal 659 (2003)

“AIDS Caps, Contraceptive Coverage, and the Law: An Analysis of the Federal Anti-Discrimination Statutes’ Applicability to Health Insurance,” 23 Cardozo Law Review 1315 (2002)

“Actuarial Fairness vs. Moral Fairness in Health Insurance,” Law and Bioethics Report (Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy and Law of the University of Louisville, June 2002)

“Legislation and Genetic Discrimination,” 16 Journal of Law and Health 47 (2001-2002)

“ADA Obligations of Employers,” 42 South Texas Law Review 59 (2001) (Symposium)

“Continued Concern: Human Subject Protection, The IRB, and Continuing Review,” 68 Tennessee Law Review 725 (2001)

“Preplacement Examinations and Job-Relatedness: How to Enhance Privacy and Diminish Discrimination in the Workplace,” 49 Kansas Law Review 517 (2001)

“The Use of Placebos in Clinical Trials: Responsible Research or Unethical Practice?” 33 Connecticut Law Review 449 (2001)

“Beneficial and Unusual Punishment: An Argument in Support of Prisoner Participation in Clinical Trials,” 33 Indiana Law Review 475 (2000)

“DNA Databanks,” Encyclopedia of Ethical, Legal, and Policy Issues in Biotechnology 413, eds. Maxwell J. Mehlman and Thomas H. Murray (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2000) (with Paul C. Giannelli and Wendy E. Wagner)

“Prisoner Participation in Biomedical Research,” Health Law News, June 2000, at 7

“A Proposal for Federal Legislation to Address Health Insurance Coverage for Experimental and Investigational Treatments,” 78 Oregon Law Review 203 (1999)

“Genetic Testing, Genetic Medicine, and Managed Care,” 34 Wake Forest Law Review 849 (1999) (with Mark A. Rothstein)

“Pre-Employment Examinations and the Americans with Disabilities Act: How Best to Avoid Liability Under Federal Law,” 8 Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation 255 (1998) (with Glenn Pransky)

“First, Do No Harm: Why Doctors Are Not Omnipotent Under the Americans with Disabilities Act,” 14 Hofstra Labor Law Journal 151 (1996)

“Mandatory Arbitration: Alternative Dispute Resolution or Coercive Dispute Suppression?” 17 Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law 131 (1996)

“The After-Acquired Evidence Rule: The Best of All Possible Worlds?” 22 Employee Relations Law Journal 79 (1996)