Nicholas J Curtis
Class of 2023
Case Western Reserve University
ncurtis@umaryland.edu
440-821-8540

I am a dynamic and passionate legal professional with a unique combination of biological/health sciences, ethics, research, and corporate law expertise. I am looking to combine experiences in both business and health law in corporate compliance and Biotechnology/Pharmaceutical transactional law. To accomplish this goal, I am currently completing the Business Law and Intellectual Property Law tracks with the Law and Health Care Program's Concentration in Health Law Certificate.

Born and raised in Cleveland, OH, I attended Case Western Reserve University, graduating with a Bachelor's in Biology with a focus on neurobiology and a Master's in Bioethics and Medical Humanities with a concentration in Medicine, Society, and Culture. During undergrad, I managed our Undergraduate Bioethics Society as President through bioethics debate, undergraduate publishing, planning the 2016 National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference at Case Western, as well as career and internship development. I was also Director of Review on the board of Discussions, Case Western's Undergraduate Research Journal, where we published a dozen journals featuring research across various academic fields from universities all over the country. My Master's in Bioethics and Medical Humanities included a yearlong Clinical Ethics rotation at MetroHealth System and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, where I identified and analyzed ethical issues as they presented in various services such as intensive care units, pediatrics, geriatrics, oncology, transplant medicine, palliative medicine, burn units, and psychiatry, hospital ethics committees, and institutional review boards (IRBs). I also authored a literature review on pediatric bio-banking and consent as a graduate researcher in the Bioethics Department's Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) Group.

Since moving to Maryland to obtain my JD from Maryland Carey Law, I have taken on several roles within our legal community. I spent my summer as the Law Clerk for Maryland's Office of the Attorney General and the Department of Health in the Health Occupations Prosecution and Litigation (HOPL) Division. There I authored research memos, as well as charging documents, for several OAG disciplinary boards, including the boards of physicians, nurses, dental examiner, pharmacy, and social workers. I used administrative law and litigation to support HOPL prosecutors to charge matters vital to Marylanders' safety and well-being, including fraud, prescription drug violations, professional misconduct, and substandard care. I am currently a staff researcher/research assistant under Professor Diane Hoffman and the Maryland Healthcare Ethics Committee Network to facilitate ethical reflection in healthcare decision-making to ethics committees serving Maryland health care institutions. I direct the Business Law Society as President to develop, network, and grow the business law track and its students via alumni and community speaker presentations, law firm/in-house legal panel discussions, and document drafting seminars. For the University of Maryland, Baltimore Health Alliance, I raise engagement and awareness of current health programs intended for Baltimore community members as Communications Board Chair. As Secretary for the Student Health Law Organization, I facilitate student access to health law career opportunities/resources and current health-related legal issues through health law career sessions, practitioners' panels, and the Health Law Regulatory and Compliance Competition.