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). [Full Text]
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]
Kathleen Hoke of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Anne Arundel Medical Center decision raises legal, ethical questions of tobacco-free hiring" on abc2news.com.
Kathleen Hoke of the School of Law was quoted in the story, "Kamenetz proposes hookah lounge regulations," in The Baltimore Sun.