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Allison  Winnike



Allison N. Winnike

B.A., Rice University
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center

Allison Winnike is a Research Professor and Director of Research for the Health Law & Policy Institute where her teaching and research interests focus on public health law and health legislation and policy. Particular areas of expertise include public health emergency preparedness and response; immunization law and policy; health legislative drafting; health information technology; and smoking and tobacco laws. She was awarded the National Center for State Courts' 2016 Distinguished Service Award, one of the highest awards presented by the organization, for her significant contributions to the justice system as a result of her public health emergency preparedness legal scholarship and outreach. She was also awarded the 2016 Early Career Award for Excellence in Public Health Law from the American Public Health Association Law Section for demonstrating great promise as a future leader in the field of public health law and in recognition for contributions to research, teaching and mentoring, practice and advocacy.

She is the editor and contributing author to Control Measures and Public Health Emergencies: A Texas Bench Book (2016, 2014) and Preparing for a Pandemic: An Emergency Response Benchbook and Operational Guidebook for State Court Judges and Administrators (2016) as part of the Conference of Chief Justices Pandemic and Emergency Response Task Force. She serves as the faculty editor for the Houston Journal of Health Law & Policy and editor for the Health Law & Policy Institute’s Health Law Perspectives.

Professor Winnike serves on several internal and external committees, including the Conference of Chief Justices Pandemic and Emergency Response Task Force chaired by South Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal; the Immunization Law and Policy Collaboration where she co-chairs the Resources, Repository, and Curation Committee; and numerous Texas Medical Board stakeholder advisory groups. In addition, she is an elected member of the University of Houston Faculty Senate and serves on the Faculty Senate Research and Scholarship Committee. She is the faculty advisor to the Health Law Organization and the Houston Journal of Health Law & Policy.

She has been selected as a member of the Leadership Texas Class of 2016, where she was nominated to join an elite network of outstanding women leaders. She is also a member of the Texas Bar College, an honorary society of lawyers, chartered by the Supreme Court of Texas in 1981, to recognize and encourage lawyers who maintain and enhance their professional skills and the quality of their service to the public.

Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Houston Law Center she worked on health policy in the United States Senate Office of the Majority Leader for former Senator Bill Frist, M.D. and on the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee on Public Health chaired by Senator Frist.  In the Senate she worked on a wide variety of health policy issues and legislation, including bioterrorism and infectious disease, patient safety, telemedicine, health insurance, genetic discrimination, medical liability insurance, bioethics, obesity, organ donation, pharmaceuticals and vaccines.

Professor Winnike earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Policy Studies from Rice University in 2001 and her Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center in 2008. While at Georgetown she trained at the Federal Legislation Clinic where she focused on the ADA Restoration Act of 2007.

Health Legislation & Advocacy I
Health Legislation & Advocacy II
Public Health Law