From the 2006 News Archive
Ober|Kaler Establishes Law and Health Care Fund in Honor of Leonard Homer
Ober|Kaler, a top Maryland law firm headquartered in Baltimore, announced last week that it has created the Leonard C. Homer/Ober|Kaler Law and Health Care Fund at the University of Maryland School of Law.
The fund will provide financial backing for a variety of health law programs offered by the School of Law. Its mission is to support and develop the next generation of health care lawyers.
Karen Rothenberg, Dean and Marjorie Cook Professor of Law, hosted a reception for Mr. Homer and Ober|Kaler at the School of Law on Monday, May 1.
"Len Homer's legacy has inspired an entire generation of health care lawyers across the country and here in Maryland," said Karen Rothenberg, Dean and Marjorie Cook Professor of Law at the University of Maryland School of Law.
"Our nationally ranked Law & Health Care Program has benefited from the knowledge and experience brought to bear by Len and by the Ober|Kaler attorneys who teach as adjunct members of our faculty. Numerous graduates of the program have gone on to work with Len at Ober|Kaler, and the firm's generosity in creating this fund will assist us in educating their future colleagues in the practice of health law."
Ober|Kaler also announced that the fund has made a pledge of $30,000 over five years to provide financial support for law school initiatives. $5,000 has been earmarked for a national conference for health care law professors to be held at the School in June this year.
The fund is named after Leonard C. Homer, a practicing attorney at Ober|Kaler, who founded the firm's health law practice 31 years ago and served as its Health Law chair.
The School of Law's Law and Health Care Program
was established in the late 1980s in response to the growing demand for the kind of lawyer or health professional able to negotiate a path through todayís health care system. The Program prepares students to deal with increasingly complex health law issues and to consider these issues from both legal and interdisciplinary perspectives.
The Programís courses are in high demand and professional interest in law and health care continues to expand, fueled in part by recent concern with health care reform. The Law and Health Care Program has been consistently ranked as one of the top five specialty programs in U.S. News & World Reportís survey of the nationís best law schools.