Maryland Carey Law won first place in the Fifth Annual Health Law Regulatory and Compliance Competition on Saturday, April 2. More than 45 students from 15 law schools competed in the event, founded and hosted by the law school’s Law and Health Care Program. The Maryland Carey Law team members were Theresa Thompson, Alexandria Montanio, and Sherri Weinstein with coach Ian Clark ‘14.
The other winning teams were:
Working in teams of two or three, the students had 90 minutes to analyze a hypothetical fact pattern which they were reading for the first time and then present findings and recommendations to a panel of practicing regulatory and compliance attorneys. Twenty-eight lawyers, many of them Maryland Carey Law alumni, participated as judges.
The 2016 competitors were encouraged to be conversant in issues pertaining to healthcare fraud and abuse, hospitals, payers, the challenges associated with new clinically integrated care models and FDA-regulated clinical trials and associated compliance issues.
“Of course we are extremely proud of our students’ performance this year,” said Professor Diane Hoffmann, longtime director of the school’s nationally ranked Law and Health Care Program. “But this is a terrific opportunity for second- and third-year students from all law schools to gain hands-on experience and superb insights from seasoned professionals. We’re thrilled at the Competition’s growth. Teams are coming from as far away as the west coast to compete.”
After the competition, Daniel Levinson, Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, addressed the participants. Levinson, who leads a team of 1500 professionals overseeing the one trillion dollar US health system, stressed the importance of learning regulatory and compliance skills in law school as part of the legal profession’s role in ensuring the integrity and efficiency in the health care industry.
Hoffmann; Virginia Rowthorn, managing director of the Law and Health Care Program; and Abraham Gitterman ’13, an associate in the FDA and Healthcare Practice Group at Arnold & Porter, and a magna cum laude graduate of Maryland Carey Law, launched the competition in 2012 and have continued to organize it each year since.
This year they were assisted by adjunct professors Frank Palumbo, Kevin McAnany, and Katie McDermott, dedicated alums of our Law & Health Care Program James Valentine and Hannah Levinson, and 2L Marco Falvo the student chair of the competition.
The competition was supported by law firms and other organizations, including Arnold & Porter, Ober Kaler, the Food and Drug Law Institute, the American Health Lawyers Association, and the American Bar Association Health Law Section.