On March 28, UM Carey Law’s Law & Health Care Program and Student Health Law Organization kicked off the inaugural Health Law Compliance and Regulatory Competition. Teams from eight other schools along with UM Carey Law converged on the law school.
Each team received one of two complex fact patterns. Each team then drafted a memorandum explaining possible violations and proposed actions by, respectively, an Assistant U.S. Attorney and a hospital general counsel. The students then presented their findings to a team of judges, all experienced practitioners in the field of health law: Jason Christ ’05, Anjali N. C. Downs ’08, Christina McGarvey ’03 (Senior Counsel, Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services), Prof. Frank Palumbo, and Sanford Teplitzky.
Two teams competed from UM Carey Law: 2L Chad Brooker, 2L Heain Lee, and 3L Lindsey McCurdy; and 3L Raquel Bracho, 2L Rebecca Hall, and George Neyarapally, a second-year evening student. Visiting teams traveled from American University Washington College of Law, George Mason University School of Law, George Washington University Law School, Georgia State University College of Law, Saint Louis University School of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law, and Widener Law. Saint Louis won first place, and American University came in second.
The competition was the brainchild of 2L Abe Gitterman. In 2011, Abe was awarded a scholarship to attend Seton Hall University School of Law’s Healthcare Compliance Certification Program. In his enthusiasm about everything he learned from the program, he formed the idea for the competition.
Virginia Rowthorn, Managing Director of the Law & Health Care Program, explained the reasoning behind it: “Competitions are valuable for students, but a moot court competition isn’t very appropriate to what most health lawyers actually do in practice.” With the Health Law Compliance and Regulatory Competition, students in that area could experience the excitement and energy of a competition, while gaining professional skills that would directly benefit them.
Photo of 2L Christine Hein by C. Frazier