The Law-Medicine Center
The Law-Medicine Center

Case Western Reserve University School of Law

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Founded in 1953, the Law-Medicine Center, is the oldest law school-based center for the study of legal medicine and health law in the United States. The field of health law effectively began with the creation of the Center in 1953.
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Professor Max Mehlman was awarded the McDonald Merrill Ketcham Award and delivered the McDonald Merrill Ketcham Award Lecture at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law on February 20, 2014. He also made a presentation to medical students at the Indiana University School of Mediicine and a Grad Rounds for IU physicians on Feburary 21, 2014. The topic of the lecture and presentations was: ďAre Physicians Fiduciaries for Their Patients?Ē
Dr. Mary Frances Berry, the former chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will speak at the 2014 Law-Medicine Symposium, Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired: Putting an End to Separate and Unequal Health Care in the United States 50 Years After the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which will be held on March 27 Ė 28 at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. From 1980 to 2004, Mary Frances Berry was a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and from 1993-2004 served as Chair. Between 1977 and 1980, Dr. Berry served as the Assistant Secretary for Education in the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW). She has also served as Provost of the University of Maryland and Chancellor of the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is currently a Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History at The University of Pennsylvania.
Tracey Li has been named the Dean Lindsey Cowen Research Fellow for the Case Western Reserve University School of Law Law-Medicine Center. Li, a native of China, earned her BA and MA in Chinese literature from Northeast Normal University, Changchun, China in 2002, a MA in political science from the University of Tennessee in 2006, and a JD from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 2013. As a research fellow, Li will conduct research in matters of health law and bioethics and assist professors with their writing and research projects. "My experience with different cultures caused me to become interested in law and to pursue my J.D.," said Li. "I feel very fortunate to have graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Law this past May with honors." The Dean Lindsey Cowen Fellowship was made possible by a generous grant from Pat Ferry and the Ferry Family Foundation.
Sharona Hoffman, Co-Director of the Law-Medicine Center and Edgar A. Hahn Professor of Law was awarded the 2013 Case Western Reserve University Spotlight Series Prize for Women's Scholarship. Sponsored by the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, this prestigious award is given to eight women scholars, each of whom is chosen by her school.

Panelists with expertise in medicine, insurance, government, and health care finance assembled to discuss the passage and implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the Elena and Miles Zaremski Law Medicine Forum on September 26, 2013. With Healthcare Marketplaces going live on October 1, the topic generated lively discussion and interest from the audience. Panelists explained how the current law was debated and passed in Congress and how its implementation will affect Americans at all income levels, at all ages, and degrees of health. Also discussed was the formula used to calculate costs and benefits to each American under the new law. The forum was sponsored by Miles Zaremski, a 1973 graduate of Case Western Reserve School of Law who is a health care attorney, respected national columnist and one of the foremost experts in the country on health care policy and law. Mr. Zaremski also served as a panelist. Other panelists included Patricia Decensi, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Medical Mutual; J.B. Silvers, PhD, John R. Mannix Medical Mutual of Ohio Professor of Healthcare Finance, Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management and,Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine; and Joseph White, Department Chair, Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy, Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Director of the Center for Policy Studies, Case Western Reserve Department of Political Science
The Oliver C. Schroeder, Jr. Scholar-in-Residence program invites individuals who have made significant contributions in the fields of health law and policy to deliver several lectures as scholars-in-residence at the law school.
On April 5, 2013, the Law-Medicine Center held its annual spring symposium entitled, "Balancing Privacy, Autonomy, and Scientific Progress: Patients' Rights and the Use of Electronic Medical Records for Non-Treatment Purposes."
Sharona Hoffman, professor of law and bioethics, is one of six scholars chosen to work with local and state health agencies across the country on health law issues.
Maxwell J. Mehlman, professor of law and bioethics, was featured in a July 9, 2013, front page story in the Cleveland Plain Dealer presenting the argument as to why performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) ought to be legalized within professional sports and the Olympics.
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