The Law & Health Care Program: Making an Impact
Expanding health insurance to uncovered populations. Physician-assisted suicide. The use of genetic information. Racial and ethnic disparities in access to health care. These and other issues are among the most complex and controversial in our society today.
A pioneer in health care law, the Law and Health Care Program (L&HCP) combines education and research on emerging medical, health policy and legal matters, addressing health law issues from both legal and interdisciplinary perspectives, and capitalizes on access to the state and federal government. Ranked #1 in U.S. News & World Report's survey of the nation's best law school specialty programs, the L&HCP continues to meet the growing demand for lawyers and policy makers capable of addressing this increasingly complex field.
The Law & Health Care Program (L&HCP) held two events focusing on neuroimaging and the law on April 24 and 25. Both were the work of L&HCP Professor Amanda Pustilnik, a national expert on legal issues presented by neuroscientific work on memory and pain.
The first event was the L&HCP’s annual Rome Lecture, which was given this year by Stanford Law Professor Hank Greely on the topic of “Neuroimaging, Mindreading, and the Courts.” The annual Rome Lecture is presented each year by a scholar renowned in health law and policy. Professor Greely is the Director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences at Stanford School of Law and Director of the Stanford Interdisciplinary Group on Neuroscience and Society.
Professor Greely’s talk was a kick off to the interdisciplinary roundtable that took place the next day on the topic of “Imaging Brains, Changing Minds: Chronic Pain Neuroimaging and the Law.” The roundtable was designed to create dialogue between the fields of law and neuroscience and to make legal actors aware of recent breakthrough work in neuroimaging that has led to a paradigm shift in understanding chronic pain. This new science has the potential to change legal doctrines and shift legal and cultural norms about chronic pain diseases and their sufferers.
Professor Pustilnik organized the roundtable in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Prominent legal academics, scientists and judges attended the roundtable which will result in, among other outcomes, a symposium issue of the L&HCP’s Journal of Health Care Law & Policy next year.