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By DePaul University /
March 16, 2015 /
Posted in: Alumni News, Faculty News, Health Law, Intellectual Property Law, Student News /
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.
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.”