More than 120 program alumni and local health law practitioners gathered to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Maryland Carey Law’s nationally-ranked Law & Health Care Program on October 15. The celebration included a substantive panel discussion on “Health Law: Past, Present, and Future,” and was followed by a gala celebration in Westminster Hall.
Experts in different areas of health law spoke about how the discipline has changed over the years—from a loosely regulated industry to where we are now with the Affordable Care Act—and the way in which biotechnology and big data promise to transform the health care industry, and the field of health law, in the future.
At the reception and celebration, attendees listened to a staged reading of a bioethics play written by Professor Karen Rothenberg and a song written by adjunct Professor Jaime Doherty and his law partner Jeff Pecore that revealed the more lighthearted side of the L&HCP. They called it A Little Ditty About Karen and Diane!
The L&HCP was started in 1983 when Karen Rothenberg traded a practice in health policy and regulatory issues at Covington & Burling for a faculty appointment at the law school—and the chance to expand the one-course curriculum in health law. Four years later, Diane Hoffmann left a practice at Dewey Ballantine to help forge new ties with the health professional schools on the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus. By 1988, the law school had 11 courses in everything from Civil Rights of Individuals with Disabilities to Legal and Ethical Issues in Biotechnology. The program now boasts 11 faculty members, has graduated over 400 students with a Certificate in Health Law, and is consistently recognized by US News & World Report as one of the top programs in the country.