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Law professors co-publish manuscript on public health


October 02, 2013

A manuscript co-written by several Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law professors was recently published in The Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics.

Authors of the manuscript include James G. Hodge Jr., Lincoln Professor of Health Law and Ethics; Daniel Orenstein, Lincoln Fellow for Ethics and Health Policy; Leila Barraza, Fellow in the Public Health Law and Policy Program; and Visiting Attorney Fellow Veda Collmer, as well as others from different organizations and universities.

The manuscript, “Major Trends in Public Health Law and Practice: A Network National Report,” analyzes a series of major trends in public health practice and the law.

Some of the issues addressed include the Affordable Care Act, tobacco control, emergency legal preparedness, health information privacy, food policy, vaccination, drug overdose prevention, sports injury law, public health accreditation and maternal breastfeeding.

Hodge is a national expert on public health emergency legal and ethical preparedness and public health information privacy law and policy. His work on these and other topics has been cited in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today and numerous regional newspapers, social media sites and prestigious journals.

Orenstein’s current research and scholarship focus on issues of public health law and ethics, including emergency legal preparedness, public health emergency ethics, obesity control and prevention, and infectious disease policy. He also lectures on other health law and public health law topics, including health care reform and end-of-life issues.

Barraza, a 2008 alumna of the College of Law, was a scholar in the Center for Law, Science & Innovation and conducted legal research on autism and vaccine-related litigation.

Collmer is a visiting attorney in the Network for Public Health Law – Western Region, housed at the College of Law.