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.

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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David  Kwok

 

DAVID KWOK
Assistant Professor

B.S., Northwestern University
M.P.P., University of California, Berkeley
J.D., University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Professor Kwok graduated Northwestern University with a B.S. from the McCormick School of Engineering and received his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where he was elected to Order of the Coif. At UC Berkeley he also received his Masters Degree in Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy and his Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy.

After law school Professor Kwok clerked for the Honorable John T. Noonan, Jr. on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Professor Kwok teaches and writes in the areas of white collar crime, whistleblowers, public policy, and law and the social sciences.

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Jim  Hawkins

JIM HAWKINS
Professor of Law
George Butler Research Professor of Law 


J.D. University of Texas School of Law 
B.A. Baylor University

Jim Hawkins earned his J.D. from the University of Texas, where he was the Grand Chancellor and served as the Chief Articles Editor of the Texas Law Review. He has published articles in the UCLA Law Review, the Minnesota Law ReviewIndiana Law Journal, the Washington and Lee Law Review, the William and Mary Law Review, and the Harvard Journal on Legislation, among other journals. He recently had papers selected for the Yale/Stanford/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum and for the Petrie-Flom Center's annual conference at Harvard Law School.

Professor Hawkins joined the University of Houston Law Center after clerking for the Honorable Jerry E. Smith of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and working with the Houston office of Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP. His research and teaching interests include consumer borrowing, the fringe banking industry, and the fertility business. His research has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and other media outlets.

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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.

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