Law School Professor and
Director, Legal Resource Center for Public Health Policy
BS, 1989, Towson University
JD, 1992, University of Maryland
Kathleen Hoke, JD, is a Law School Professor and Director of the Network for Public Health Law, Eastern Region and the Center for Tobacco Regulation at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law. Hoke teaches the Public Health Law Clinic through which she engages law students in the work of the Network and the Center.
The Network for Public Health Law was launched in September 2010 with the goal of providing technical legal assistance to national, state and local public health professionals, their attorneys, legislators, and advocates working to develop sound public policy to improve public health. The Network also develops factsheets, issue briefs, webinars, and other useful tools on emerging and persistent public health issues. Under Hoke’s direction, the Network’s Eastern Region deliverables have focused on environmental health, food safety and injury prevention. Hoke has conducted research and prepared materials specifically related to hydrofracturing, medical marijuana laws, and health agency access to school health records.
Through the Center for Tobacco Regulation, Hoke provides technical legal assistance to Maryland state and local health officials, legislators, and organizations working in tobacco control. Recent work has focused on the regulation of cigars and the development of sound policies to create smokefree multiunit housing.
Hoke joined the faculty in 2002 after serving for eight years with the Office of the Attorney General of Maryland. During her tenure as an Assistant Attorney General, Hoke served in the Civil Litigation Division and the Opinions and Advice Division. As a Special Assistant Attorney General, Hoke worked on a variety of public health initiatives, including an evaluation of the proposed conversion of CareFirst BlueCross/BlueShield with focus on whether the non-profit health insurer was fulfilling its public obligations.
Hoke graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1992, having served on the Executive Board of The Maryland Law Review and as a member of the National Moot Court Team.
Pick Your Poison: Responses to the Marketing and Sale of Flavored Tobacco Products (2009) (a law synopsis by the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium). [Full Text]
Secondhand Smoke and the Family Courts: The Role of Smoke Exposure in Custody and Visitation Decisions (2005) (with Kristine Callahan) (a law synopsis by the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium). [Full Text]
Waterpipe Smoking Among U.S. University Students, 15 Nicotine & Tobacco Research 29 (2013) (with others). [Abstract]
Using Law to Improve Public Health: The Example of Tobacco Regulation, Health Law Journal, Spring 2012, at 32. [Full Text]
U.S. Health Policy Related to Hookah Smoking, 50 Journal of Adolescent Health S12 (2012) (with others). [Full Text]
Introduction: "Safer" Tobacco Products: Reducing Harm or Giving False Hope?, 11 Journal of Health Care Law & Policy 1 (2008). [Full Text]
The School of Law and Dean Donald Tobin, Kathleen Hoke, James Grimmelmann, Michelle Harner, and Danielle Citron of the School of Law were mentioned in the article "FAN 53.1 (First Amendment News) U. Maryland Law to Host Conference: 'The Impact of the First Amendment on American Business'" on Concurring Opinions.
Amy Major of the Center for Health and Homeland Security at the School of Law and Kathleen Hoke of the School were quoted in The Daily Record article, "Vaccinations: Marylandís ground rules for the potential parental battle."
Kathleen Hoke of the School of Law and Amy Major of the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security at the School of Law were both quoted in The Daily Record article "Md. vaccination law takes middle road."
Kathleen Hoke of the School of Law was quoted in the Daily Record article "Tobacco-free workforces: a growing hospital trend?"