Diane Hoffmann, professor of law, director of the Law and Health Care Program, and associate dean for academic programs, was recently elected to the American Law Institute (ALI), which is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law.
The American Law Institute drafts, discusses, revises, and publishes Restatements of the Law, model statutes, and principles of law that are enormously influential in the courts and legislatures, as well as in legal scholarship and education. ALI has long been influential internationally and, in recent years, more of its work has become international in scope.
Prof. Hoffmann joins the ranks of distinguished judges, lawyers and law professors from across the country and around the world who are selected for ALI membership based on their professional achievement and demonstrated interest in improving the law. She will have the opportunity to influence the development of the law in both existing and emerging areas, to work with other eminent lawyers, jurists and academics, and to contribute to the public good.
In support of her nomination for membership, one ALI member said, "I have come to know and admire her substantial intellect, her humanity, and the very significant contributions she has made (and continues to make) with respect to the law, particularly in the important area of health care law."
Another supporting ALI member commented that "...Diane combines that perhaps rare combination of thoughtful academic, analytical thinker, and creative program director."
Prof. Hoffmann joined the law faculty at UM Carey Law in 1987. Since 2000, she has served as director of the law school's Law and Health Care Program, which offers a certificate to graduating students concentrating in health law. Her research interests include issues at the intersection of law, health care, ethics and public policy, such as advance directives, pain treatment, termination of life support, genetics, and regulation of research and of managed care.
Her advocacy efforts include her work as a primary author of Maryland's Health Care Decisions Act dealing with advance directives, surrogate decision-making and guardianship for individuals lacking health care decision-making capacity.
In her role educating future lawyers, Prof. Hoffmann has taught courses and offered seminars in a number of areas, including Torts, Law and Medicine, Health Care Law, Legal Problems of the Elderly, Critical Issues in Health Care, Research with Human Subjects, and Health Care for the Poor.
Prof. Hoffmann has served as a member of a number of ethics committees including those at University of Maryland Medical Systems, the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, and the VA Medical Center in Baltimore. She is founder and director of the Maryland Healthcare Ethics Committee Network, an educational resource for ethics committees in Maryland.
Earlier in her career, Prof. Hoffman, while on leave from the law school, served as acting staff director of the Senate Subcommittee on Aging, where she was responsible for all health care and aging legislation for U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski.