Professor of LawPhone: (410) 706-0590
BA, 1977, Dickinson College
JD, 1980, New York University
Professor Weber created the Drug Policy Clinic to address practices that inhibit the expansion of drug treatment in communities and the criminal justice system and discriminate against individuals with histories of drug dependence. Weber’s interest in a multi-strategy legal practice, including legislative advocacy, individual client representation, and community organizing and education, is reflected in the clinic’s work. Weber researches and writes in the areas of disability rights, women’s treatment and the child welfare system, the development and analysis of state and national drug policy, the integration of addiction treatment in mainstream medical practice, and the delivery of addiction treatment services under health care reform.
Professor Weber served on the National Academy of Science and Institute of Medicine committee that studied vaccines against drugs of addiction and the American Bar Association’s Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law.
Professor Weber joined the faculty in 2002 after serving as the Senior Vice President for the Legal Action Center, a public interest law firm that specializes in drug, AIDS, and criminal justice issues. At the Center, she litigated disability rights and privacy cases, participated in federal legislative advocacy on civil rights, health care reform, and appropriations issues, and conducted education and policy work on health privacy and offender re-entry. Weber began her legal career as a trial attorney with the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, where she litigated Voting Rights Act cases that challenged discriminatory state and congressional reapportionment plans and local electoral systems. Professor Weber received her law degree from New York University School of Law, where she served as an editor on the Review of Law and Social Change.
Equality Standards for Health Insurance Coverage: Will the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act End the Discrimination?, 43 Golden Gate University Law Review (forthcoming 2013). [Full Text]
Failure of Physicians to Prescribe Pharmacotherapies for Addiction: Regulatory Restrictions and Physician Resistance, 13 Journal of Health Care Law & Policy 101 (2010). [Full Text]
Medical Marijuana and the Law: Perspective, 362 New England Journal of Medicine 1453 (2010) (with Diane Hoffmann). [Full Text]
Child Welfare Interventions for Drug-Dependent Pregnant Women: Limitations of a Non-Public Health Response, 75 UMKC Law Review 789 (2007). [Full Text]
Bridging the Barriers: Public Health Strategies for Expanding Drug Treatment in Communities, 57 Rutgers Law Review 631 (2005). [Full Text]
Civil Legal Needs of Individuals in Drug Treatment, 28 Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 205 (2005) (with others). [Full Text]
Teaching to Encourage More to Do, 4 University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class 279 (2004). [Full Text]
Confidentiality and Communication: A Guide to the Federal Drug & Alcohol Confidentiality Law (2000) (Editor and co-author)
Americans With Disabilities Act, in Non-Profit Compensation, Benefits, and Employment Law (David G. Samuels & Howard Pinko, eds. 1998).
Alcohol and Drug Dependent Pregnant Women: Laws and Public Policies that Promote and Inhibit Research and the Delivery of Services, in National Institute on Drug Abuse, Methodological Issues in Epidemiological, Prevention, and Treatment Research on Drug-Exposed Women and Their Children (1992).
Ellen Weber a professor and director of the Drug Policy and Public Health Strategies Clinic at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, co-wrote the op-ed "Maryland can prevent overdose deaths" in the Baltimore Sun.