Professor Diane Hoffmann, director of the Law & Health Care Program, was awarded the prestigious Jay Healey Health Law Teachers Award by the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics at its annual Health Law Professors Conference, June 5.
“This award is a testament to the great leadership and commitment to students that Diane has brought to the Law & Health Care Program, Maryland Carey Law, and the health law field,” said Dean Phoebe Haddon.
Under Hoffman’s direction, the Law and Health Care Program has forged deep roots into the global health community and fostered a successful, interdisciplinary curriculum that provides students with experience in the health industry.
In recent years, the program has offered legal assistance to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts with the creation the Maryland Carey Service Corps; tackled global health issues, such as maternal mortality, through a partnership with the Chancellor College of Law in Malawi; and addressed the HIV/AIDS epidemic through the Health Care Delivery and HIV/AIDS Clinic, a course that provides free civil legal services to individuals and families impacted by HIV while working in close conjunction with students from the Schools of Medicine and Social Work.
In recognition of these and other scholarly achievements, health law faculty across the nation voted Maryland Carey Law’s program America’s number one Health Law Program for 2014 in the U.S. News and World Report.
Recipients of the Jay Healey Award are professors who have devoted a significant portion of their career to health law teaching and honor Jay Healey’s legacy through their passion for teaching health law, their mentoring of students or faculty, and their inspiration to colleagues and students.
“In my eyes, Diane has been ‘teacher of the year’ every year that I have known her,” said Karen Rothenberg, Marjorie Cook Professor of Law and former Jay Healey Health Law Teachers Award winner in 1996.
Healy, a former teacher of health law at the University of Connecticut Schools of Law and Medicine, was one of the organizers of the first Health Law Teachers Conference in 1976. He was honored with the Health Law Teachers Award in 1990—the youngest person ever to be given the award.