Kathleen Hoke

Law School Professor,
Director, Legal Resource Center for Public Health Policy, and
Director, Network for Public Health Law-Eastern Region




(410) 706-1294


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  • BS, 1989, Towson University
  • JD, 1992, University of Maryland

Professor Kathleen Hoke is director of the Network for Public Health Law, Eastern Region, and the Legal Resource Center for Public Health Policy at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. She teaches the Public Health Law Clinic through which she engages law students in the work of the Network for Public Health Law and the Legal Resource Center for Public Health Policy. She also teaches Public Health and the Law, introducing students to the legal framework within which the public health system operates.

The Network for Public Health Law was launched in September 2010 with the goal of providing technical legal assistance to national, state, and local public health professionals, their attorneys, legislators, and advocates working to develop sound public policy to improve public health. The Network for Public Health Law also develops 50-state law surveys, factsheets, issue briefs, webinars, and other useful tools on emerging and persistent public health issues. Under Professor Hoke’s direction, the Network for Public Health Law’s Eastern Region deliverables have focused on environmental health, food safety, and injury prevention. Professor Hoke has conducted research and prepared materials specifically related to hydrofracturing, medical marijuana laws, and health agency access to school health records.

Through the Legal Resource Center for Public Health Policy, Professor Hoke provides technical legal assistance to Maryland state and local health officials, legislators, and organizations working in tobacco control. Recent work has focused on the regulation of electronic smoking devices (vapes), prohibition on the sale of flavored tobacco products, raising the age of access to tobacco to 21, and the development of sound policies to create smoke-free multiunit housing.

Professor Hoke joined the faculty in 2002 after serving for eight years with the Office of the Attorney General of Maryland. During her tenure as an assistant attorney general, she served in the Civil Litigation Division and the Opinions and Advice Division. As a special assistant attorney general, she worked on a variety of public health initiatives, including tobacco regulation and gun control, and represented the office in multistate cases through the National Association of Attorneys General.

Professor Hoke graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1992, having served on the executive board of the Maryland Law Review and as a member of the National Moot Court Team.


Pick Your Poison: Responses to the Marketing and Sale of Flavored Tobacco Products (2009) (a law synopsis by the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium). Abstract

Secondhand Smoke and the Family Courts: The Role of Smoke Exposure in Custody and Visitation Decisions (2005) (with Kristine Callahan) (a law synopsis by the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium). Abstract

Book Chapters

Introduction, to Tobacco and Nicotine Delivery: Regulation and Compliance (Azim Chowdhury & J. Ben Haas eds., 2d ed. 2017).


State Efforts to Create an Inclusive Marijuana Industry in the Shadow of the Unjust War on Drugs, 12 Journal of Business & Technology Law 235 (2020) (with Mathew Swinburne). Abstract

Restricting the Sale of Flavored E-cigarettes in the US: An Examination of Local Regulations, 4 Tobacco Regulatory Science, no. 4, 32 (2018) (with others).

FDA Regulation of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems and the "Deeming" Rule: What's Left for States?, 20 Journal of Health Care Law & Policy 27 (2017) (with William Tilburg and Melissa Sager). Abstract

Effect of Maryland's 2011 Alcohol Sales Tax Increase on Alcohol-Positive Driving, 53 American Journal of Preventive Medicine 17 (2017) (with others).

Exploring the Case for Eminent Domain of Hepatitis C Virus Treatment Patients, 28 Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 621 (2017).

Expanding Access to Care: Scope of Practice Laws, Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics (2017) (with S. Sexum).

Tobacco Policies and On-Premise Smoking in Bars and Clubs that Cater to Young African Americans Following the Maryland Clean Indoor Air Act of 2007, 16 Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse 328 (2016) (with others).

Guidelines for Avoiding Pitfalls when Drafting Juvenile Curfew Laws: A Legal Analysis, 8 St. Louis U. Journal of Health Law & Policy 301 (2015) (with Elyse R. Grossman). Abstract

Out of View but in Plain Sight: The Illegal Sale of Single Cigarettes, 91 Journal of Urban Health 355 (2014) (with others).

Cigarillo Use Among High-Risk Urban Young Adults, 24 Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 1657 (2013) (with others).

Waterpipe Smoking Among U.S. University Students, 15 Nicotine & Tobacco Research 29 (2013) (with others). Abstract

Using Law to Improve Public Health: The Example of Tobacco Regulation, Health Law Journal, Spring 2012, at 32. Abstract

U.S. Health Policy Related to Hookah Smoking, 50 Journal of Adolescent Health S12 (2012) (with others). Abstract

Mobilizing for Policy: Using Community-Based Participatory Research to Impose Minimum Packaging Requirements on Small Cigars, 6 Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action 205 (2012) (with others).

Introduction: "Safer" Tobacco Products: Reducing Harm or Giving False Hope?, 11 Journal of Health Care Law & Policy 1 (2008). Abstract