Law & Health Care Program News

Stay up to date with the latest news from the Law & Health Care Program at Maryland Carey Law. Past issues of our L&HCP print newsletter can be viewed and downloaded from Digital Commons. Read our past articles in our news archive. Learn more about our upcoming events


University of Maryland Legal Scholars React to Dobbs Leak and Decision

September 21, 2022


In the wake of the recent Supreme Court decision overturning Roe vs. Wade and nullifying the federal constitutional right to abortion care, legal scholars at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, including Kathleen Hoke, Leslie Meltzer Henry, and Martha Ertman, provide sought after expertise in a rapidly shifting reproductive health care landscape. Read More.


2020-2021 Rothenberg Speaker Series wraps up with Jessica Roberts Talk on “Uncertain Terms”

October 19, 2021


On March 30, 2021, Professor Jessica Roberts, the Leonard H. Childs Chair in Law, Professor of Medicine, and Director of the Health Law & Policy Institute at the University of Houston Law Center, presented the final lecture of the 2020-2021 Rothenberg Health Care Law & Policy Speaker Series. Roberts specializes in genetics and the law, health law, and disability law. Read More.

Professor Diane Hoffmann Speaks to Media Outlets About COVID-19 Vaccination Issues

March 19, 2020

Professor Diane Hoffmann has been sought after by multiple news outlets to advise on issues related to COVID-19 vaccination, including the allocation and distribution of vaccines and potential employer mandates. Read more

Rothenberg Speaker Series Addresses Tough Legal Issues Surrounding COVID

March 19, 2020

The Rothenberg Speaker Series’ first three events tackled significant and extremely timely topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic while speaking to larger issues in health law and policy, such as the equitable allocation of scarce resources, the politics of public health, and systemic racism. Read more.

Professor Boldt Published “Criminalization and Normalization: Some Thoughts About Offenders with Serious Mental Illness”

March 19, 2020

Professor Richard C. Boldt has published “Criminalization and Normalization: Some Thoughts About Offenders with Serious Mental Illness” in the Florida Law Review Forum, in response to Professor E. Lea Johnston’s “Reconceptualizing Criminal Justice Reform for Offenders with Serious Mental Illness." Read more

Tobacco Control: A Decade of Challenges and Change

February 10, 2020

In this article, Professor Kathleen Hoke, Director of the Network for Public Health Law, Eastern Region and the Legal Resource Center for Public Health Policy (LRC) at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law looks back over the last decade of public health law through the lens of a practicing public health lawyer. Read more.

Health Law Grad Natasha Mehu ’11 Named Baltimore City Government Relations Director

December 10, 2020

Mayor Brandon M. Scott announced another top position in his administration: the selection of Natasha Mehu to serve as Director of the Mayor’s Office of Government Relations. In this role, Mehu will oversee the coordination of Baltimore’s interaction with city, state and federal legislative affairs offices. Read more

Public Health Team Continues Focus on How COVID-19 Exacerbates Inequities

November 30, 2020

Professor Kathleen Hoke continues to be actively involved in solving the myriad public health issues presented by COVID-19 in her role as Director of the Network for Public Health Law-Eastern Region (the “Eastern Region”), and as Director of the Legal Resource Center for Public Health Policy (the “LRC”). Read more.

L&HCP Co-Sponsors "Global Health, Vaccines, and the Geopolitics of COVID-19"
November 18, 2020

The Law & Health Care Program co-sponsored a webinar on “Global Health, Vaccines, and the Geopolitics of COVID-19.” Co-hosted with the University of Maryland Graduate School and its new M.S. in Global Health, the program featured L&HCP Professors Leslie Meltzer Henry and Trudy Henson. Read more.

Rothenberg Speaker Series Kicks Off with Discussion of Equitable Vaccine Allocation
November 2, 2020

Professor R. Alta Charo joined the Law & Health Care Program for a presentation on “Challenges in Equitable Allocation of SARS CoV-2 Vaccine.” Professor Charo is the Warren P. Knowles Professor of Law and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and is on the National Academies’ committee that published the Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine. Read more

Stepping Up in a Public Health Crisis
As published in the Maryland Carey Law Magazine
Fall 2020

Last winter, the pandemic that shut down much of the world launched a profound focus for many researchers at Maryland Carey Law. Faculty and staff, notably in the Law & Health Care Program and the Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS), concentrated their expertise toward assisting the state of Maryland and the nation in facing the virus that hit every continent, causing widespread deaths and global economic catastrophes. Read more

Introducing Professor Matiangai Sirleaf
As published in the Maryland Carey Law Magazine
Fall 2020

Our newest faculty member, Nathan Patz Professor of Law Matiangai Sirleaf writes and teaches in the areas of global public health law, public international law, international human rights law, international criminal law, post-conflict and transitional justice, and criminal law. Read more

Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic: Three Decades of Service
As published in the Maryland Carey Law Magazine
Fall 2020

More than 30,000 people in Maryland are living with the virus that causes AIDS. Poor communities in Baltimore City, says the current clinic director Sara Gold, are disproportionately affected by HIV as well as unmet legal needs. That is why the Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic’s mission remains to provide free legal services to clients living with HIV, as it has since its inception. Read more

Perspective: Privacy and the Pandemic
As published in the Maryland Carey Law Magazine
Fall 2020

Professor Natalie Ram shares her perspective on how the United States may yet achieve legitimate public health goals as we face COVID-19 while also living up to our constitutional commitments. Read more


CHHS Team Named UMB Champions of Excellence
October 2020

Michael Greenberger continues to lead the Center for Health and Homeland Security Team, a group of over two dozen attorneys that provides governmental and institutional organizations with tailored and comprehensive consulting services on emergency management and homeland security. These individuals were recently recognized as UMB Champions of Excellence for their "crisis consulting" amid the ongoing pandemic. Read more


Lauren Levy ’11 Leads Cecil County’s COVID-19 Response
November 3, 2020

As the Health Officer for the Cecil County Health Department, Levy is responsible for coordinating the county’s response to COVID-19, in addition to the many other responsibilities that fall to the 140-employee agency, ranging from environmental health to substance abuse disorder treatment. Read more


L&HCP Students and Faculty Participate in Public Health and Pandemic Reading Groups
November 3, 2020

Law & Health Care Program students and faculty are finding creative ways to stay informed about the COVID-19 pandemic and its ramifications and engaged throughout their virtual semester. Read more