April Moreno
Program Director
University of Houston Law Center
Health Law & Policy Institute
100 Law Center
Houston, Texas 77204-6060
(713) 743-2101
E-mail: healthlaw@uh.edu

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Health Law & Policy Institute

FACULTY IN HEALTH LAW

Faculty | Staff | Adjunct Faculty

JESSICA L. ROBERTS

JESSICA L. ROBERTS
Director, Health Law & Policy Institute
Associate Professor of Law

J.D., Yale Law School
B.A., University of Southern California

Jessica L. Roberts is the Director of the Health Law and Policy Institute and an Associate Professor of Law, who specializes in health law, disability law, and genetics and the law. Prior to UH, Professor Roberts was an Associate-in-Law at Columbia Law School and an Adjunct Professor of Disability Studies at the City University of New York. Immediately after law school, she clerked for the Honorable Dale Wainwright of the Texas Supreme Court and the Honorable Roger L. Gregory of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Professor Roberts' research operates at the intersection of health law and antidiscrimination law. Her scholarship has appeared, or is forthcoming, in the Indiana Law Journal, the William and Mary Law Review, the Iowa Law Review, the Minnesota Law Review, the University of Illinois Law Review, the Notre Dame Law Review, the Vanderbilt Law Review, the University of Colorado Law Review, the American Journal of Law and Medicine and the Journal of Law and the Biosciences, among others. Professor Roberts teaches, or has taught, Contracts, Disabilities and the Law, Genetics and the Law, and Health Law Survey. In 2015, she received the university-wide Teaching Excellence Award and the Provost’s Certificate of Excellence. Professor Roberts was named a 2018 Greenwall Faculty Scholar in Bioethics.

JESSICA L. MANTEL

JESSICA L. MANTEL
Co-Director, Health Law & Policy Institute
Assistant Professor of Law

J.D., M.P.P, University of Michigan Law School
B.A., University of Pennsylvania

Professor Mantel is Assistant Professor of Law at the UH Law Center.  Her research interests include the impact of legislative and regulatory schemes on emerging trends in the health care delivery system and the allocation of limited health care resources.  Prior to joining the Law Center in 2010, Professor Mantel served as a senior attorney in the Office of the General Counsel, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and was an associate in the health care practice at Ropes & Gray. 

SETH J. CHANDLER

SETH J. CHANDLER
Law Foundation Professor of Law

A.B., Princeton University
J.D., Harvard University Law School

Seth J. Chandler is a Professor of Law at the UH Law Center. He practiced with Munger, Tolles & Olson in Los Angeles and Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., working in part on insurance and mal-practice issues, before beginning his academic career at the UH Law Center. Professor Chandler's research interests include the use of computerized mathematical modeling techniques to explore the application of law and economics principles to insurance. He won a prestigious university-wide teaching excellence award in 1995.

SUBJECTS: Contracts, Health Law I and II, Insurance Law, Law & Economics, Life & Health Insurance Seminar

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BARBARA J. EVANS

BARBARA J. EVANS
Professor of Law and George Butler Research Professor
Director, Center on Biotechnology & Law
Affiliated Faculty, Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources
Affiliated Member, Baylor College of Medicine Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy

Ph.D., Stanford University
J.D., Yale Law School
LL.M. University of Houston Law Center

Dr. Barbara J. Evans is a Professor of Law at the UH Law Center. Her research interests include regulatory and bioethical issues affecting the clinical translation of genetically targeted drug therapies and other advanced biomedical technologies. Before joining the UH Law Center in 2007, she was a faculty member at the Indiana University School of Medicine/Center for Bioethics and was a partner in the international regulatory practice of a large New York law firm.

WILLIAM J. WINSLADE

WILLIAM J. WINSLADE
Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law and
Director, Health Law LL.M. Program

B.A., Monmouth College
Ph.D., Northwestern University
J.D., U.C.L.A. School of Law
Ph.D., Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute

Professor Winslade teaches, lectures, and writes about legal aspects of bioethics and mental health. He has authored one book and co-authored three others, and has written numerous articles on privacy and confidentiality in health care, legal regulation of medical and psychiatric practice, and ethical issues arising out of the physician-patient relationship. Professor Winslade has taught philosophy, practiced law, and gained clinical experience as a psychoanalyst. His most recent book—Confronting Traumatic Brain Injury—was nominated by Yale University Press for a Pulitzer Prize.

SUBJECTS: Law and Psychiatry, Legal Aspects of Bioethics, Regulation of Biomedical Research, Master's Seminar

WILLIAM P. STRENG

WILLIAM P. STRENG
Vinson & Elkins Professor of Law

B.A., Wartburg College
J.D., Northwestern University School of Law

Professor Streng is the author of numerous books, portfolios, and articles dealing with a variety of tax subjects. From 1973 to 1980, Professor Streng taught at the University School of Southern Methodist Law. He has also been a visiting professor or visiting fellow at The Ohio State University Law School, New York University, Hong Kong University School of Law, University of Stockholm, Sweden Law Faculty (Fulbright Professorship), and Victoria University School of Law, Wellington, New Zealand. Prior to joining the UH Law Center faculty in 1985, he practiced tax law with firms in Houston and Cincinnati, was deputy general counsel for the Export-Import Bank of the United States, and was an attorney with the United States Department of the Treasury.
SUBJECTS: Health Care Tax Law & Policy Seminar, Corporate Taxation, Estate Planning, Federal Income Tax, International Taxation

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RONALD TURNER

RONALD TURNER
Professor of Law

B.A., Wilberforce University
J.D., University of Pennsylvania

Professor Turner served as an examiner for the National Labor Relations Board, practiced law in Chicago, and taught at the University of Alabama Law School before joining the UH Law Center faculty in 1998. His research interests include disabilities law, employment law, and the legal issues surrounding HIV. Professor Turner's publications include nearly 30 articles and two books. He is currently working on a book addressing the impact of labor and employment laws on African-Americans, which will be published by New York University Press.

SUBJECTS: Disabilities and the Law, Employment Law, HIV and the Law, Torts, Employee Welfare Plans and Benefits Law

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ELLEN MARRUS

ELLEN MARRUS
Associate Professor of Law

B.A., Kean College
J.D., University of San Francisco
LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center

Professor Marrus teaches in the areas of clinical education and children and the law, and concentrates her scholarship in the areas of children's rights, professionalism, and clinical education. Professor Marrus serves on various local and national boards, including the Gulf Coast Legal Foundation and the National Juvenile Defender Center.

SUBJECTS: Clinical Education, Children's Rights

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Visiting Faculty

Dr. Michael S. Ewer

Dr. Michael S. Ewer
Professor of Medicine & Special Assistant to the Vice President, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

B.A., Hunter College
M.D., University of Basel, Switzerland
M.P.H., UT School of Public Health
J.D., UH Law Center
LL.M., UH Law Center

RONALD L. SCOTT

RONALD L. SCOTT
Visiting Professor

B.A., M.A., J.D.,
University of Oklahoma
LL.M., University of Houston Law Center

Research Faculty

ALLISON WINNIKE

ALLISON WINNIKE
Research Director, Health Law & Policy Institute

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

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.  Previously, Professor Winnike worked as a Health Legislative Aide to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D.  From 2001 to 2003 she was a staffer for Senator Frist on the Subcommittee on Public Health, and from 2003 to 2005 she expanded her responsibilities in the Office of the Majority Leader.  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.

Steven Chen

STEVEN CHEN
Research Professor; Health Law & Policy Institute

B.A., University of California, at Berkeley
J.D., Columbia University School of Law

Steven Chen is a Research Professor at the Health Law & Policy Institute.  His research interests include public and private insurance law, health care finance, and behav ioral health.

Professor Chen received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, at Berkeley and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. Before joining the Law Center, he practiced as a securities transaction associate in the New York office of Sidley Austin LLP. 

DAPHNE ROBINSON

DAPHNE ROBINSON
Research Professor; Health Law & Policy Institute

B.A., Tougaloo College, summa cum laude    
J.D., American University Washington College of Law

Daphne Robinson is a Research Professor at the Health Law & Policy Institute.  Her areas of interest include health equity, behavioral health, violence prevention, and public health law. 

Professor Robinson is a 1988 summa cum laude graduate of Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.  She received a Juris Doctorate degree from the American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. in 1991.  She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Health Prevention Sciences at the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta, Georgia and is expected to complete her requirements in December 2015. 

Upon graduation from law school, she served as law clerk at the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana and the Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal.  She is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association.  From 1995 to 2015, Daphne served as an Assistant District Attorney in Rapides Parish, Louisiana, where she supervised the prosecution of criminal and juvenile cases. During that time, she also served as Project Manager for the Models for Change: Systems for Juvenile Justice Reform Project funded by the John T. and Catherine D. MacArthur Foundation in Louisiana. 

Professor Robinson was selected in 2014 by the GE Foundation and the National Medical Fellowship, Inc. as a Fellow assigned to study the integration of behavioral health care into the primary care practice at the Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center in Jackson, Mississippi.  She presented her findings, “Designing Local Strategies to Integrate Behavioral Health into the Patient-Centered Medical Home,” at the 2014 Public Health Law Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Professional Staff

APRIL MORENO

APRIL MORENO
Program Director

ELAINE FIALA ELAINE FIALA
Executive Secretary
Adjunct Faculty

Nathan J. Andersen, J.D., LL.M.
Senior Legal Officer and Public Information Officer, UTMB at Galveston

Jonathan Ishee, J.D., LL.M.
Assistant Professor, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and  
General Counsel, Northwest Diagnostic Clinic PA

CHRISTOPHER V. BACON, J.D.
Of Counsel, Vinson & Elkins L.L.P.

JOHN  KAPACINSKAS
Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P.

E. Dale Burrus, J.D., LL.M.
Partner, Kroger Burrus

MITCHELL KATINE, J.D.
Partner, Williams, Birnberg & Anderson

DONNA CLARK, J.D.
Partner, Baker & Hostetler, L.L.P.

ANNE KIMBOL, J.D., LL.M.
Lecturer

MICHAEL E. CLARK, J.D., LL.M.
Partner, Hamel, Bowers, & Clark, L.L.P

VIRGINIA LOOTENS, J.D.
Private Law Practice
ROBERT F. CORRIGAN, Jr., J.D.
Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Baylor College of Medicine
JOHN A. NECHMAN, J.D.
Partner, Katine and Nechman L.L.P.
DAVID R. ILER, J.D.
Partner, Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P.
SETH W. SILVERMAN, M.D.
Private Practice