The DePaul College of Law’s health law program ranks 15th in the nation according to the recent U.S. News & World Report law school specialty rankings. “I am proud of the important work that our faculty, students, alumni, and community partners are doing at the forefront of health law and policy. There is no more important time than the present to be engaged in the difficult issues that face our health care system,” said Wendy Netter Epstein
, Faculty Director of the Mary and Michael Jaharis Health Law Institute
Students of the health law program at DePaul College of Law not only have access to a broad health law curriculum
that spans the field, but also may obtain a certificate in health law
, an LLM
, or a masters of jurisprudence
in health law
or health care compliance
. Students are mentored by prominent practitioners in the field, and many participate in the Jaharis Summer Scholars program, where they obtain paid summer positions at some of the most distinguished law firms and health organizations in Chicago. Most recently, the Institute, together with the DePaul Journal of Health Care Law
, the nationally ranked Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology
, and the DePaul Journal of Art, Technology, and Information Technology
, held its annual Symposium
, “Telehealth: Transforming the Healthcare Delivery Landscape.”
The health law program has an accomplished faculty teaching and writing in a broad range of health-related areas including price transparency, incentive pay, disability discrimination, intellectual property licensing of pharmaceuticals, federal regulation of medical devices, and in
formed consent in medical research. With the generous support of a $5 million endowment
from the Jaharis Family Foundation, the Institute has recently expanded to include a faculty fellow
to teach and write on topics at the increasingly important intersection of health law and intellectual property.
DePaul’s health law program is always innovating, keeping ahead of the dynamic nature of the field. If you are interested in learning more about the program, please contact Executive Director Katherine Schostok
The Mary and Michael Jaharis Health Law Institute at DePaul University College of Law would like to remember Michael Jaharis (JD ’58) on the one year anniversary of his passing in February of 2016. Mr. Jaharis, a graduate of DePaul University College of Law, was the founder of several pharmaceutical companies. He and his wife, Mary, have generously supported the students, faculty, and programs at the College of Law.
In 2015, a $5 million endowment established by the Jaharis Family Foundation Inc. was donated to the College of Law to expand and strengthen scholarly and educational programs at the dynamic intersection of health law and intellectual property law. Mr. Jaharis’s generous endowment has funded the Journal of Health Care Law’s yearly symposium, summer externship programs for law students committed to practicing intellectual property and health law, and the addition of a faculty fellow who focuses on teaching and research at the intersection of health law and intellectual property, among others. In recognition of the Jaharis Family’s support, the Health Law Institute was renamed the Mary and Michael Jaharis Health Law Institute.
The Mary and Michael Jaharis Health Law Institute is grateful to Mr. Jaharis, and will continue to promote his passion of health law and intellectual property law through its curricula and research.
Katherine Schostok, executive
director of DePaul University College of Law's Mary
and Michael Jaharis Health Law Institute, was recently quoted by
InBusiness magazine. The
alternative medicine lower costs?', examines the potential
health and financial benefits to, as well as the arguments against, expanding insurance to cover
complementary and alternative medicine. DePaul Law's Journal
of Health Care Law is among those groups advocating for greater
funding into evidence-based research in determining the efficacy of
alternative treatments, which include chiropractic,
acupuncture and massage therapies.
to Schostok, "There is definitely a push to do more studies to
look at these alternative kinds of medicines, but right now it's
pretty limited." Among the journal's recommendations are allowing
the Affordable Care Act to reimburse for evidence-based alternative
treatments, enabling the the National Center for Complementary and
Integrative Health to determine standards of success and combining
intellectual property protection and government awards for proven
DePaul University College of Law's
public interest law and health law programs each received high marks
from from preLaw magazine in the 2016 Back to School issue
. The periodical ranks law schools that are dedicated to innovation and provide exceptional
offerings in key areas. DePaul was one of only five schools to
receive an A+ rating, the magazine's highest grade, in public
interest law, while its health program garnered an A-.
The public interest law program offers students myriad opportunities for professional growth with a focus on social justice issues. Among its most notable programs are the DePaul Journal for Social Justice, a first-year
legal writing section dedicated to public interest law, summer job placements, and numerous
pro bono and volunteer opportunities.
Shaye Loughlin, the executive director of the Center for Public Interest Law, was "thrilled to learn about our public interest grade by preLaw magazine." She said Professor Emeritus Leonard Cavise, the founding faculty director of the center, recognized how the public interest law program reflects the university's Vincentian philosophy to aid the poor and vulnerable in our communities. “The preLaw grade recognizes the strength of our public interest law training program and our committed community of social justice advocates,” continued Loughlin.
For more than 30 years, DePaul's health law program has been on the forefront of
health law education, research and scholarship. The health law curriculum offers a wide range of coursework in traditional, face-to-face classes, online classes, fieldwork and other experiential offerings. Courses cover diverse areas including regulatory, corporate compliance, policy, social and ethical issues.
Through the Mary and Michael Jaharis Health Law Institute (JHLI), students also have numerous opportunities to expand their potential in the health law field through a fellowship program, summer job placements and moot court competitions. Executive Director Katherine Schostok and Faculty Director Wendy Epstein oversee the JHLI programs.
The American Society of Law, Medicine &
Ethics and Saint Louis University School of Law recently named DePaul Associate Professor Wendy Epstein a 2016
Health Law Scholar for her work-in-progress “Price Transparency and
Incomplete Contracts in Health Care.”
The Health Law Scholars Workshop
recognizes the achievements of junior faculty in health law and
bioethics. Each year, health law professors choose four exceptional
works from emerging scholars in these fields. The honorees are
invited to Saint Louis University Law School in September to present
their pieces to a gathering of health law scholars, who will provide
feedback and guidance on the thesis. Many participants subsequently
get their articles published in notable law journals. Epstein's
fellow scholars are Rachel Sachs of Washington University in St.
Louis School of Law, Elizabeth McCuskey of University of Toledo
College of Law, and Jasmine Harris of UC Davis School of Law.
Epstein's “Price Transparency”
analyzes the issues with the use of open price term contracts for
medical services. Currently, the law permits patients to consent to
medical procedures without knowing how much they will cost, which
often causes the patient to incur significant fees and possible debt. In the
article, Epstein argues in favor of the use of “patient-provider”
contracts. Since, with rare exception (e.g. emergency care,
complicated surgeries), medical providers can readily reveal pricing
information, both parties would be better served with this openness.
In addition to “Price Transparency,”
Epstein has had articles featured in numerous journals. The Yale
Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics is set to publish her
“Revisiting Incentive-Based Contracts” in a 2017 edition. Other
recent publications include “Facilitating Incomplete Contracts”
(65 Case W. Res. L. Rev. 297 (2015)), “Contract Theory and the
Failures of Public-Private Contracting” (34 Cardozo L. Rev. 2211
(2013)), and “Public-Private Contracting and the Reciprocity Norm”
(the lead article in 64 Am. U. L. Rev. 1 (2014)). Her scholarship can
be found on her SSRN page.
Epstein has been a member of DePaul’s College of Law faculty
since 2013. She currently teaches Contracts and Health Care Law and
is faculty director of the Mary and Michael Jaharis Health Law
DePaul University College of Law has named Ana
Santos Rutschman the Jaharis Faculty Fellow for academic year 2016-2017.
Rutschman will be conducting cutting-edge research at the intersection of
health law and intellectual property, specifically related to the negotiation
of intellectual property licensing in the biopharmaceutical industry during pandemic
Rutschman, an SJD candidate at Duke
University School of Law, is currently finishing a project with the World
Health Organization (WHO) that charts the licensing of intellectual property and
its effect on the response to the outbreaks of the Ebola and Zika viruses in 2014 and
2015. Her research evaluates the global response, but in particular maps the European
and American reaction times and systems. She explains that organizations, like
the WHO, are beginning to look at how intellectual property negotiations can be
streamlined to allow for faster development and deployment of medical
treatments during such outbreaks.
“The area of IP negotiations is still
underexplored, especially in terms of what are best practices in emergency
responses,” said Rutschman. “Much could be avoided if we had better blueprints
for negotiations in pandemic outbreaks like [Ebola]. The biopharmaceutical
industry traditionally acts very slowly; it generally takes at least 10 years
to develop a vaccine. ... It’s unfortunate that IP could stand in the way for
vaccines already in the pipeline when an emergency happens, like the Zika and
Rutschman discovered that, with Ebola, vaccines
were eventually passed through the system before licensing was completely
finalized. “If we can agree in advance on a set of provisions related to IP,
then we can move ahead with those contracts or agreements after the vaccines
have been pushed through the pipeline to help address emergency situations.”
During the course of her research on the
response to the Ebola outbreak, Rutschman talked to many different
organizations, some of which were not yet looking at Ebola as a case study on
the interplay between intellectual property and global responses to pandemic
outbreaks. Then, the Zika outbreak began. She explained that some of the same
organizations “rushed to map out previous alliances based on the Ebola
responses. ... Behaviors changed a lot. That was certainly some of the most
fascinating part of my work.”
In addition to her research, Rutschman will
teach a seminar on health innovation and intellectual property and a course on food
and drug law at DePaul. She also will work closely with the Jaharis Health Law Institute and the Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology. She begins the one-year fellowship on July 1.
Writer/analyst Melissa Mitchell (JD ’09) with Wolters Kluwer’s health law editorial team presented “#healthcare: The Promise and Pitfalls of Using Social Media to Enhance Health Care” at DePaul's College of Law on April 12, 2016. Her lecture explored how social media functions from a health care consumer standpoint, and was the final in a series hosted by the Mary and Michael Jaharis Health Law Institute
during academic year 2015-2016.
Mitchell addressed how health care providers may take advantage of the opportunities presented by social media while avoiding the pitfalls of its use and overuse. The lecture delved into how social media can enhance knowledge and the spread of information on both the consumer and the provider sides. Mitchell discussed how the use of social media can make the delivery of health care more complicated and dangerous, as well as how providers can get into hot water when the use of social media in their organizations goes awry.
For more information or to be added to the JHLI email list, please contact Kathryn Brown or Sarah Balas.
DePaul's 2016 health law symposium featured practitioners, technological experts
and other professionals working together in the health care
sector and using technological advances to improve upon traditional practices. "The New Frontier of Health Innovation: Navigating the Regulatory Landscape" offered insights from individuals navigating an increasingly complex
set of statutory and administrative rules and the legal practitioners that
aid their efforts.
"In many ways, this is a lecture we couldn’t have given two
to three years ago," said Dr. Raj Shah, principle investigator at the Chicago
Area Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Network and associate professor of
family medicine at Rush University Hospital. Shah led the panel discussion, "Protecting Information in the Face of Innovation: Precision Medicine and the
Population Health Research in Health Systems." Shah provided a brief history of health care security
regulation, including complications with the HIPAA Privacy Rule and HITECH, and presented current tensions needing resolution. He described evolutionary steps toward acquiring
more data, such as contractual agreements to enable efficient and value added
data flows for research, institutional collaboration and data repositories at
institutions. In addition, he discussed the balance between data privacy and protecting commons.
Other panels discussed legal and regulatory considerations, ethics in healthcare technology and the impact of gender and sex on innovation and health technology.
"The symposium provided DePaul a terrific opportunity to
bring together health care innovators with lawyers and regulators to discuss
both the potential and the challenges that technological advances and the use of
big data bring to the field," said Associate Professor Wendy Netter Epstein, faculty director of the Jaharis Health Law Institute (JHLI). "This sort of
collaboration among key industry players is central to the mission of the
The symposium was presented by the DePaul Journal of Health Care Law, the JHLI, the Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology, and the DePaul Journal of Art, Technology & Intellectual Property.
DePaul University College of Law's Mary and Michael Jaharis Health Law Institute
(JHLI) moot court team placed second in the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law Health Law Regulatory & Compliance Competition. Team members included third-year student Lana Smith and second-year students Lauren Masching and Anthony Lopez, who are all health law fellows at JHLI.
"We are extremely proud of our moot court team who placed second at the University of Maryland competition," said moot court team supervisor and health law institute executive director Katherine Schostok. "They gained invaluable experience and knowledge in the compliance and regulatory field."
At the competition, the team analyzed a hypothetical problem for potential compliance and regulatory issues. The students worked together to answer a variety of issues facing a hospital system that included the Anti-Kickback Statute, the Stark Law, the False Claims Act, employment matters and corporate structuring of a hospital system. After a brief research period, teams presented two 20-minute presentations, one as counsel for the Food and Drug Administration and the other as outside counsel for the hospital system. This was the second time the Jaharis Health Law Institute has competed at the regulatory and compliance competition.
"We were nervous leading up to the distribution of the problem, but once we evaluated the issues we gained our confidence back," said Lana Smith. "The health law classes we've taken at DePaul, especially Professor Schostok's Healthcare Fraud and Abuse course, gave us the research skills and knowledge to tackle the problem, as well as the ability to comfortably discuss our recommendations.
"After the presentations, we received positive feedback, but it was a wonderful surprise to hear we placed second out of the teams who competed. It was an incredible feeling to be able to represent the Jaharis Health Law Institute and DePaul."
The daughter of a Chicago nurse, second-year law student
Samantha Grund-Wickramasekera (BA ’14) has always had the public interest at
the back of her mind.
As an undergrad at DePaul University, she double-majored in
political science and women’s & gender studies, with a minor in LGBTQ
studies. She also worked as a legal intern for Chicago’s Domestic Violence
Legal Clinic. Although Grund-Wickramasekera enrolled in law school with a focus
on public interest law, her work at Ohio Northern University’s Pre-Law
Undergraduate Scholars Program indicated a natural grasp of intellectual
property law (her exam scores were the highest in the class).
As someone with many interests, Grund-Wickramasekera spent
her last two years of undergraduate school, as well as her first year of
law school, working at real estate, business law and estate planning firm,
Spencer & Rozwadowski. At DePaul she gravitated to both the Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology (CIPLIT®) and the Mary and Michael Jaharis Health Law Institute (JHLI). With three years' experience in real estate and nearly a year of legal coursework behind her, she decided to pinpoint her
passion beyond the classroom. This past summer, Grund-Wickramasekera secured an
internship at the Chicago Field Museum of Natural History’s Office of General
Counsel and an externship as a law clerk at the Illinois Department of
Healthcare and Family Services, Bureau of Administrative Hearings.
As she navigated her path through her work experiences, Grund-Wickramasekera
felt the constant and strong support of the faculty. She credits CIPLIT for the Field Museum internship tip: “CIPLIT Director Ellen Gutiontov was
active the entire year making sure we had something lined up for the summer.”
Grund-Wickramasekera also found a fellow Double Demon in her supervisor, Office
of General Counsel attorney Sarah Ebel (JD ’14, BA ’05).
role at the Field Museum involved contract reviewing, copyright issues and work
with the Americans with Disabilities Act, which she found particularly
captivating. “I was interested in the way museums are fulfilling the
objectives and regulations stipulated in that law,” she detailed, “but also
spearheading the way toward total inclusivity at museums, given that their
academic missions are to open education to as many people as possible.”
Grund-Wickramasekera said her interest in the Affordable Care
Act (ACA) led her to the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, the
government agency that oversees the distribution of Medicaid benefits, as well as
“When the agencies underneath the Department of Healthcare
and Family Services make decisions, such as denying requests for additional
funding for children with disabilities, the family has the opportunity to appeal the denial
all the way up to our agency, where the agency reviews whether a lower agency
made the proper determination in light of the evidence available,” she explained.
At the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, she worked under various
hearing officers and administrative law judges who oversaw these hearings. She
also wrote numerous final administrative decisions (FADs) and was able to
further educate herself on the ACA, Medicare and Medicaid through lectures and attendance
at the Chicago Bar Association events.
Ultimately, she reached her own verdict. “I realized I loved
government and healthcare-related work and decided this was the field I wanted
to pursue,” she said. “There is a huge human element to the practice of health
law that makes it less abstract than other areas of law and makes me feel as if
my work can still make a difference in someone’s life.” She cites JHLI Faculty Director Wendy Netter Epstein as a
sounding board for jobs and direction in health law. Following Netter Epstein’s
promotion of the Health Law Institute, Grund-Wickramasekera joined as a Health Law Fellow.
“The Health Law Institute really fuses together things I’ve learned
from my undergrad—public policy issues, minority access to healthcare—but
combines it in a way that brings together my first-year law courses, such as
contracts, civil procedure and constitutional law, all classes which I
excelled at during the first year.”
Though offered a continuing externship position with the Department
of Healthcare and Family Services throughout the fall, Grund-Wickramasekera is
choosing to invest her time as a member of DePaul’s Journal of Health Care Law and
the Appellate Moot Court Society. More recently, Grund-Wickramasekera secured a
judicial externship position with the Honorable Sara L. Ellis, United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.
She aims to use the skills learned from these activities in pursuit
of a healthcare litigation-based career. As for her hectic summer schedule, she
accepts it as the nature of the field. “The law is constantly a learning
profession—there were changes and updates that my supervisors were also learning,”
she commented. “If you have a grasp of the foundational principles, that’s
good; but even then, those skills are put to the task in the summer. I’d say
there’s still obviously a lot left to learn, but I am so excited to keep learning
and following my passions in my field of choice at the same time.”
Firsthand experience never hurts, especially when it comes to
crafting your legal career.
Just ask second-year student Tobin Klusty. Fresh from an American
Medical Association Ethics Department Scholar position this past summer, the
promising second-year student is embracing the intersection of health care and civil rights.
A graduate of Michigan State University, Klusty came to DePaul
University College of Law for its location and deep alumni network. “Chicago is
full of practicing attorneys, and has a very large professional network.
DePaul’s large group of alumni enhances my ability to make important connections,
which will aid my career search,” he said.
Klusty credits Legal Writing Instructor Allison Ortlieb, Mary
and Michael Jaharis Health Law Institute (JHLI) Executive Director Katherine
Schostok and JHLI Faculty Director Wendy Netter Epstein with guiding his journey at
DePaul. His specific academic journey focuses on litigation, but he is also
interested in pursuing policy and trial advocacy.
“I am attracted to litigation due to its competitive atmosphere
and complex argumentative nature. I am also attracted to policy because of its
wide impact on the community,” he said. “Within litigation and policy,” he added,
“I am most interested in health law and civil rights, specifically how health
law impacts civil rights.”
“Professor Ortlieb has been an outstanding role model, being
a reliable source of professional advice and helping me craft my legal writing
skills. Professor Schostok has guided me through my quest as a fellow of the
Jaharis Health Law Institute, and recommended me for the [American Medical
Association] Ethics Scholar position.
Lastly, but certainly not least,” he continued, “Professor
Epstein has been an exceptional mentor, and has expanded my knowledge of the
U.S. health care system through my research assistant position for her upcoming
literature-review manuscript on health care compensation models.”
“Health law is a very interesting and expanding field that has
a high demand for competent young attorneys,” Klusty said. “The application of
health law also has strong influence on civil rights, namely the opportunity for
minority groups to access affordable and adequate health care.” Klusty added
that his dream job would be a litigator for the Office of General Counsel for
the Department of Health and Human Services, and he seems to have found his
footing along the right path.
As the AMA’s Ethics Department Scholar this past summer,
Klusty said he was able to see how a self-regulating organization conducts
itself in practice and he learned the importance of wording when it comes to
policy. As such, Klusty developed a strong interest in working with policy.
Among the projects Klusty contributed to as an AMA Ethics
Department Scholar include researching legal implications of the AMA’s Code of
Medical Ethics; drafting the Reference Committee on Amendments to Constitution
and Bylaws Report during the AMA’s annual policy meeting; coproducing the
Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs Report in conjunction with Ethics Policy staff;
preparing detailed summaries about the legal and ethical issues of “responsible
physician prescribing, the relationship between pregnancy and advance
directives, and informed consent regarding medical research”; and authoring and
coauthoring several articles on pivotal cases in health law and topics at the
intersection of health law, medicine and bioethics for the AMA Journal of
Klusty’s time spent with the AMA helped him develop his ability
to write for a publication under a short deadline while focusing on conducting
thorough research. He also was able to observe the judicial function of the
AMA’s Office of General Counsel and the Council of Ethical and Judicial
Affairs. This experience helped refine his career vision, giving him a much
clearer understanding of what he wants his career path to be and how he will
achieve his professional goals with the support of DePaul Law’s faculty, staff
and alumni along the way.
In March more
than 75 people attended the DePaul Journal of Health Care Law and the Mary and
Michael Jaharis Health Law Institute’s symposium, “Designer Genes: The Cost of
Wendy Epstein and Joshua Sarnoff moderated the discussion on governmental and
private collection of genetic material and the legal implications surrounding
the topic. Speakers represented the fields of medicine, economics, ethics and
the law, with panelists focusing their talks on the intersection of
intellectual property, economics, and the collection of genetic information.
Participants weighed the benefits of new genetic-gathering capabilities against
patients’ rights and ethical concerns surrounding commercial uses of the
discussed the state of gene patenting in light of the recent Supreme Court
decision in Myriad, where the Supreme Court found that products of nature, such
as a naturally occurring DNA segment, are not patent eligible merely because
they have been isolated. The symposium also shed light on the fair trade and
patent issues that typically attach to medical devices and the ethical concerns
surrounding personalized medicine.
A new endowment at DePaul University College of Law will expand and strengthen scholarly and educational programs at a dynamic intersection of legal studies— intellectual property and health law.
The $5 million endowment established by the Jaharis Family Foundation Inc. will create an endowed directorship for the college’s Health Law Institute; support a competitive internship program for up to 20 students committed to practicing intellectual property and health law; and fund a faculty fellowship program for scholars to create and disseminate research and curricula in these areas.
Michael Jaharis (JD ’58) is the founder of several pharmaceutical companies. For decades, he and his wife Mary have generously supported students and programs at the College of Law. In recognition of their support, the Health Law Institute has been renamed the Mary and Michael Jaharis Health Law Institute (JHLI). DePaul’s intellectual property and health law programs are nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report.
As discoveries and innovations in fields such as genomics, nanotechnology and pharmaceuticals have accelerated, intellectual property challenges have created a demand for lawyers with credentials and expertise across these areas. The endowment will support the addition of curricula and research into interdisciplinary issues such as the law and economics of drug development for impoverished groups of afflicted individuals and the nexus of patent law, pharmaceutical regulation and international importation.
Assistant Professor Wendy Netter Epstein was appointed the first Jaharis Faculty Fellow and recently was named faculty director of the JHLI. Epstein, whose work has appeared in Cardozo University Law Review, American University Law Review and Case Western Reserve Law Review, has worked on curricular advances in intellectual property and health law for the College of Law and in partnership with Rush University Medical Center and Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.
“As advances in medicine are brought to market, the interaction of health law and intellectual property will become more and more important to all of us,” said the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., president of DePaul University. “The new endowment will promote academic excellence and leadership in those important and dynamic fields.”
Jaharis Health Law Institute: Facts & Figures
Mission: The Mary and Michael Jaharis Health Law Institute (JHLI), first established as the Health Law Institute in 1984, responds to contemporary ethical, legal and moral challenges in the health care field through systematic, innovate approaches that influence policy development.
Leadership: The JHLI is managed by a faculty director and an executive director, and receives guidance and support from a 15-member advisory board and a 10-member student board.
Wendy Netter Epstein, Faculty Director
Katherine V. Schostok, Executive Director
Health Law Summer Scholars: In summer 2015, eight students will serve as summer scholars in prestigious health law placements throughout the Chicago area.
Gloria Crawford, Rush University Medical Center
Luci Doler, Baxter International
Tobin Klusty, American Medical Association, Council on Ethics and Judicial Affairs
Nesko Radovic, Presence Health
Lacey Rogers, Walgreens Co.
Asik Shaa, American Medical Association, Office of the General Counsel
Leah Sibbio, Husch Blackwell
Andrea Torgrimson, Accretive Health
Student Competitions: The JHLI annually sponsors two teams to compete in the L. Edward Bryant Jr. National Health Law Transactional Moot Court Competition at Loyola University Chicago. It also sponsors a team for the Health Law Regulatory & Compliance Competition at the University of Maryland.
Lectures and Symposia: The JHLI hosts an annual symposium, bringing together leaders in academia and legal and health care fields. The 2015 symposium topic was “Designer Genes: The Cost of Genetic Information.”
endowment at DePaul University College of Law will expand and strengthen
scholarly and educational programs in an area where two dynamic legal fields
are increasingly intersecting — intellectual property and health law.
The $5 million endowment established by the Jaharis
Family Foundation, Inc., will create an endowed directorship for the college’s
Health Law Institute
; fund a faculty fellowship program for scholars to create
and disseminate scholarship and curricula at the intersection of intellectual
property and health law; and support a competitive internship program for up to
20 student scholars committed to practicing intellectual property and health
DePaul’s intellectual property and health law
programs are nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report. The specialty
programs are supported by the work of the Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology and the Health Law Institute. As discoveries and
innovations in fields such as genomics, nanotechnology and pharmaceuticals have
accelerated, intellectual property challenges and issues have created a demand
for lawyers with credentials and expertise across these areas.
The endowment will support the addition of
curricula and research into interdisciplinary issues such as the law and
economics of drug development for impoverished groups of afflicted individuals,
and the nexus between patent law, pharmaceutical regulation and cross-border
Michael Jaharis, a graduate of DePaul’s College of
Law (’58), is the founder of several pharmaceutical companies. For decades, his
wife Mary and he have generously supported students and programs at DePaul
University’s College of Law. In recognition of their support, the Health Law
Institute will be re-named the Mary and Michael Jaharis Health Law Institute.
Professor Wendy Netter Epstein recently was appointed
the College of Law Jaharis Faculty Fellow. Epstein, who is a faculty leader of
DePaul’s Health Law Institute, has worked on curricular advances in these
important fields for the College of Law and in partnership with Rush University
Medical Center and Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.
She also has developed a health law colloquium to
promote discussion between students and scholars on a range of modern issues in
health law. Epstein’s research and scholarship focuses on contracts and health
care law, using an interdisciplinary approach to bridge the divide between
theory and practice. Her work most recently has appeared or is forthcoming in
Cardozo University Law Review, American University Law Review and Case Western
Reserve Law Review.
“As advances in medicine are brought to market, the
interaction of health law and intellectual property will become more and more
important to all of us,” said the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., president
of DePaul University. “The new endowment will promote academic excellence and
leadership in those important and dynamic fields.”
DePaul University College of Law and Loyola University Chicago School of Law will sponsor the first annual Chicago Health Law Colloquium beginning in the spring 2015 semester. DePaul and Loyola have invited six nationally renowned health law scholars to Chicago to present and discuss their current research projects. Colloquium participants will include health law faculty from Chicago-area schools and prominent health law practitioners, as well as DePaul and Loyola students selected as Chicago Health Law Colloquium Fellows.
The colloquium offers students an opportunity to advance their understanding of cutting-edge topics in the areas of health law and bioethics in a forum that goes beyond traditional classroom-based learning, bringing together Chicago’s educational and professional communities.
Spring 2015 Chicago Health Law Colloqium Scholars and Topics:
- Michael Frakes
Associate Professor, Northwestern University School of Law
“The Surprising Relevance of Medical Malpractice Law”
- Ralph Hall
Professor of the Practice, University of Minnesota School of Law
“Role and Regulation of Registries and Big Data”
- Diana Hyman Winter
Associate Professor and Dean’s Fellow, Indiana University McKinney School of Law
“Primary Jurisdiction and the FDA”
- Thaddeus Pope
Associate Professor, Director of Health Law Institute, Hamline University School of Law
“Titrating Due Process for the Most Vulnerable: Medical Decision Making for Incapacitated Patients without Surrogates”
- Valerie Gutmann Koch
Visiting Assistant Professor, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
“A Private Right of Action for Informed Consent in Research”
- I. Glenn Cohen
Assistant Professor, Co-Director of Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics, Harvard Law School
“Are All Abortions Equal? Rape, Incest, and Abortion”
DePaul Professor Wendy Netter Epstein and Loyola Visiting Professor Eleanor D. Kinney are the lead faculty for the colloquium. Up to eights students will be chosen for Colloqium Fellowships. Students interested in applying must submit a Chicago Health Law Colloquium Application by November 10.
DePaul University College of Law took top honors in several categories in the National Law Journal's (NLJ) Best of Chicago
reader rankings for 2014.
DePaul placed first for Best LLM Program and Best Law School Clinical Program in Chicago.
The College of Law offers four LLM programs and seven clinical
programs. LLM programs focus on the areas of health law, intellectual
property law, international law and taxation. DePaul's clinical programs
include the Asylum & Immigration Law Clinic, Civil Rights Clinic,
Criminal Appeals Clinic, Family Law Clinic, Housing & Community
Development Legal Clinic, Misdemeanor Clinic and Poverty Law Clinic. The
legal clinics also received NLJ Best of Chicago honors in 2012.
DePaul took third place in two other survey categories: Best Overall JD Program and Best Joint JD/MBA Program.
More than 1,200 readers voted in this year's NLJ reader’s choice survey.
The Center for Public Interest Law hosted a panel discussion to highlight the work of advocates on the Cook County Human Trafficking Taskforce on March 19.
Panelists Catherine Longkumer of the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services, Angelica Lopez of the DePaul Legal Clinic, and Rachel Ostergaard of the Salvation Army's STOP-IT program defined human trafficking, discussed common stories of their clients, highlighted strategies to stop human trafficking, and explained the unique legal needs and remedies available to foreign-born and domestic survivors of trafficking. Remedies range from immigration benefits to foreign-born survivors who aid in the investigation of human trafficking to a civil cause of action for survivors against their trafficker under the Illinois Predator Accountability Act. Students were given insight into how advocates in Cook County are working together to respond to this human rights issue and how legal and social services are critical to help survivors of trafficking.
The event was co-sponsored by the International Law Society, the Society for Asylum and Immigration Law, and the Latino Law Student Association.
DePaul Magazine recently showcased 14 distinguished DePaul alumni who are making the difference in the lives of others in its eighth annual edition of 14 Under 40.
Included on the list is DePaul law alumni Jennifer Cassell (JD ’08), assistant regional counsel for the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She reflects upon how her DePaul experiences, including hands-on efforts to help residents of New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina, influenced her career. Read her story.