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Health Law Regulatory & Compliance Competition

HLRC Competition UM Carey Law Team
UM Carey Law Team (left to right):
3L John Glass, 3L Rebecca Hall, 1L Neha Patel, Virginia Rowthorn, managing director, Law & Health Care Program, Diane Hoffmann, director, Law & Health Care Program.

The 3rd Annual Health Law Regulatory & Compliance Competition will be held on Saturday, February 8th, 2014, at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

Co-Sponsored by Ober Kaler
Ober Kaler

The 3rd Annual Competition will focus several interactions among various healthcare stakeholders, including hospitals, assisted living facilities, drug and device manufacturers, and clinical laboratories. Specifically, this year's problem will challenge students to address several areas, including but not limited to:

  • Compliance with NIH and FDA clinical and ethical research issues
  • Issues relating to electronic health records, meaningful use, HIPAA and the HITECH Act
  • Antitrust issues
  • FDA regulatory requirements for drugs and/or medical devices
  • Healthcare fraud issues, including kickbacks, Stark, exclusion, and false claims
2014 Competition Logistics

More details about the 3rd Annual Health Law Regulatory and Compliance Competition will be posted here throughout the year, including a logistics information for the day of the competition, travel and lodging information, competition rules, and other resources.

If you would like more information about the Competition or have any questions please email Sean Gugerty at or Virginia Rowthorn, Managing Director, Law & Health Care Program at

Detailed Description

The Health Law Regulatory & Compliance Competition requires teams of three (3) students to analyze a particular fact pattern using federal health regulations, rules, and agency documents, and to present a legal and policy solution and/or recommendations to a panel of regulatory and compliance attorneys.  Participating students will be evaluated primarily on an oral presentation of issues identified in the fact pattern and proposed actions and solutions to such issues. Judges may also consider written notes submitted to the judges in the "competition template," which will be provided at the competition. See the Competition Rules for more information about how teams will be scored.

The fact pattern will be given out the day of the competition.  Teams will have approximately 1.5 hours to review the fact pattern.  The competition is open universe, therefore, teams will have access to the internet and may bring any additional materials with them.  After their allotted times, teams will have approximately 15-20 minutes to present their recommendations and findings.  Teams will present twice, to two separate judge panels.  The competition will award the top three finalists.  The winner will be announced at the competition during our commencement luncheon.  The actions of teams and students will be governed by the Competition Rules.

The competition is open to teams from all ABA-accredited law schools and is appropriate for 2nd and 3rd year law students who have taken at least one health law course – preferably a survey course that touched on fraud and abuse issues and Food and Drug Law. Note: post-graduate law students, such as LLM, MJ, or Ph.D., students are not eligible to participate.

Given the broad range of health law issues, the Competition Steering Committee ("Committee") will craft a fact pattern based on different areas of health and regulatory compliance law each year.  The Committee will post on the Competition website general areas and topics the fact pattern will cover each year so that students can prepare accordingly. Past Competition fact patterns have included issues related to:

  • Potential prosecution under the False Claims Act for off-label marketing and promotion surrounding various educational and promotional activities
  • Compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • Exclusion from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • Questionable billing practices that may implicate fraud and abuse laws and anti-kickback and Stark statutes
  • Improper manufacturing and quality issues
Sample Competition Problems from Prior Years

Competition Supported by

Arnold & Porter


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