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We are excited to welcome former DePaul Professor of Law Michele Goodwin back to the College of Law as this year’s featured speaker.

Professor Michele Goodwin is a chancellor’s professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, and the founding director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy. Professor Goodwin is an expert in the areas of bioethics, constitutional law, family law, health law, reproductive rights and torts. She directed the first ABA-accredited health law program in the nation and established the first law center focused on race and bioethics. Professor Goodwin has provided testimony to state and federal lawmakers and legislative committees and worked with state attorneys general or their staff on health-related matters in California, Illinois, Minnesota, and New York. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute, an elected Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Hastings Center (the organization central to the founding of bioethics), as well as an American Law Institute adviser for the Restatement Third of Torts: Remedies.

Valarie Blake

Professor Valarie K. Blake’s scholarly research focuses on the intersection between healthcare diversity and ethics.  She is particularly interested in how increasing state and federal regulation of health care financing and delivery will impact chronic disease, health insurance and professionalism in medicine.  Prior to joining the University of West Virginia, Professor Blake was a visiting professor at Duquense University School of Law.  Before that, she served as an ethics senior research associate for the American Medical Association (AMA), where she engaged in research and policy-making efforts related to the AMA’s Code of Medical Ethics.  She also has worked at the Cleveland Clinic as an advanced bioethics fellow providing bedside ethics consultation, research training and service in the areas of law, ethics and professionalism.   

Ron Chako

Dr. Ron Chacko is a family physician at Heartland Health Centers, a federally qualified health center with 19,000 patients in Chicago’s north and northwest neighborhoods, where he serves as a clinical lead for digital services. During the COVID pandemic, his team has been responsible for transitioning clinicians and patients to phone and video services for health care. In that journey, he has seen firsthand how technology has opened new opportunities for transforming patient care, while also amplifying the effects of existing inequalities. Dr. Chacko most recently served as an assistant professor of Clinical Family Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and he earned both his BS (in Medical Engineering with a concentration in Computer Applications) and his MD at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.  

Craig Klugman

Dr. Craig Klugman is a professor of bioethics and health humanities in the Department of Health Sciences at DePaul University where he co-directs the Bioethics & Society minor program. Dr. Klugman also serves on Northwestern University Hospital’s Ethics Committeeis co-coordinator of the DePaul Public Voices Op-ed Fellowship, and is a voting member of the U.S. National Biodefense Science Board. He is the author of over 650 articles, book chapters, op-eds and blog posts on such topics as digital medicine, public health ethics, bioethics, crisis and disaster ethics, professionalism, and end-of-life issues.  Dr. Klugman also is the editor of several books, including  RESEARCH METHODS IN THE HEALTH HUMANITIES (Oxford 2019),  MEDICAL ETHICS  (Gale Cengage 2016), and  ETHICAL ISSUES IN RURAL HEALTH  (Hopkins 2013; 2008). Dr. Klugman has been interviewed for  The New York Times, LA Times,  ABC News,  HBO,  Vice, New Republic,  National Geographic,  Men’s Health,  The Daily Beast, Sinclair Broadcasting, Scripps News Service and NPR. Besides numerous academic journals, his writing has appeared in  Pacific Standard Magazine,  Huffington Post,  LifeMattersMedia,  Chicago Tribune,  Medium,  Cato Unbound,  The Hill,  San Francisco Chronicle  and the  Houston Chronicle.

Max Helveston

Professor Max Helveston is an expert in issues related to insurance, consumer protection and data privacy.  Returning to the faculty full-time after serving as the associate dean of academic affairs and strategic initiative, he has started work on several projects related to the commercialization of consumer health data, innovations in health care delivery, and the regulation of the health insurance plans offered by large, self-insured employers.  Additionally, he has begun working with DePaul Law Professor Wendy Epstein and legal scholars at other institutions on pieces addressing health equity issues during the COVID-19 pandemic.