Associate Dean for Academic Programs Director, Law and Health Care Program and Professor of Law
Diane E. Hoffmann, J.D. M.S., is Professor of Law, Associate Dean of Academic Programs, and Director of the Law & Health Care Program at the University of Maryland School of Law. She received her law degree from Harvard Law School and her Master's degree from Harvard School of Public Health. She has taught a variety of courses in the health law area. She was a primary author of Maryland’s Health Care Decisions Act dealing with medical decision-making for individuals lacking capacity. She has served as a member of a number of ethics committees including those at University of Maryland Medical Systems, the National Institutes of Health, and the Baltimore VA Medical Center. She also served as a member of the Ethics Commission for the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging and for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. From June 1994 - May 1995, Hoffmann was the Acting Staff Director of the Senate Subcommittee on Aging reporting to U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski. From 1997 - 2004, she was a Mayday Scholar focusing much of her research and scholarship on legal obstacles to the treatment of pain. She has served on the boards of a number of professional and academic organizations. She is currently the President of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics. Hoffmann has published numerous articles on health law and policy issues in legal journals as well as scientific and medical journals including Science, JAMA, the NEJM and Annals of Internal Medicine. Her most recent research and scholarship include articles on telemedicine, medical marijuana and the law, end of life care as a public health issue, articles on the criminal prosecution of physicians for the prescribing of opioids, and models for building public health law capacity at the local level.