The dramatic snowstorm that swept up the east coast on Saturday, February 21 did little to dampen the spirits of participants in the Fourth Annual Health Law Regulatory and Compliance Competition at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law. Students from 14 different law schools across the country participated in this unique, day-long competition designed to put students in the shoes of the practicing compliance and regulatory attorneys they hope to become someday.
The winners of this year’s competition were:
Thirty-six regulatory and compliance attorneys from Baltimore and Washington, D.C. braved the wintry weather to judge the student presentations, which focused on several interactions between various health care stakeholders including hospitals, physicians, drug and device manufacturers, and related third parties. This year's problem challenged students to address FDA drug life-cycle management, bioethical research issues, FDA post-marketing requirements and issues of fraud and abuse.
“We are delighted to see how this competition has taken off in just four years,” said Diane Hoffmann, director of the Law & Health Care Program. “It is a sign of how quickly the field of health law is growing that so many current law students are seeking training in compliance and regulatory law and enthusiastic to test their fledgling skills in a complex and difficult competition. We are thrilled to offer a venue to showcase these talented students.”
This year’s competition was sponsored by Ober|Kaler, Arnold & Porter LLP, the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA), the ABA Health Law Section, and the Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI). It was organized by Maryland Carey Law’s top-ranked Law and Health Care Program.
The competition is intended to help students quickly identify client concerns and make appropriate recommendations. Teams of three students analyze a complex fact pattern they receive the morning of the competition using federal health regulations, rules, and agency documents. After a 90 minute “consultation period” in which students research the fact pattern, they present legal and policy solutions and/or recommendations to a panel of regulatory and compliance attorneys.