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Hodge elected to top post in public health law group


September 01, 2009

Professor James G. Hodge Jr., Lincoln Professor of Health Law and Ethics at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, recently was elected president of the Public Health Law Association (PHLA), a nonprofit organization that seeks to advance the use and understanding of law to protect and improve the public's health.

The PHLA is governed by a board of directors, and its staff and committees work to publish newsletters, resource lists and best practices information that will benefit those who work with public health law and policy. The association works collaboratively with other organizations on conferences and teleconferences to provide opportunities to lawyers and other practitioners in the public health system to improve both the practice of law and the public's health through education, sharing of ideas and research.

According to the organization's Web site (www.phla.info), the PHLA was established because law is fundamental to the origin, understanding and delivery of public health services. Law improves the likelihood that residents of local, state, national, tribal and international communities can lead healthy, long and productive lives. Better understanding of the law, government, the policy-making process and the role of attorneys in support of their public health clientele improves the public's health.

Through scholarly and applied work, Hodge delves into multiple areas of public health law, global health law, ethics and human rights. Hodge teaches Health Law, Ethics and Policy; Public Health Law and Ethics; and Global Health Law and Policy.

Janie Magruder, Jane.Magruder@asu.edu
(480) 727-9052
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law