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

HLPI Core Faculty, Affiliated Faculty, Research Faculty, Staff and Adjunct Faculty

HLPI Core Faculty

JESSICA L. ROBERTS

JESSICA L. ROBERTS

Director, Health Law & Policy Institute
Professor of Law and Alumnae College Professor in Law

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

Jessica L. Roberts is the Director of the Health Law & Policy Institute and an Alumnae College Professor in Law. She specializes in health law, disability law, and genetics and the law. Her scholarship has appeared, or is forthcoming, in the Yale Law Journal, Michigan Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review and Nature Biotechnology, among others. Her new book Healthism with Elizabeth Weeks is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press.

A noted expert on diverse issues of health law, Professor Roberts has been interviewed by several media outlets, including BBC World Service, the New York Times (twice) and the Washington Post. She was a panelist at a congressional briefing on the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, an invited presenter at NASA and a consultant for the Football Player's Health Study at Harvard.

Professor Roberts received the university-wide Teaching Excellence Award and the Provost's Certificate of Excellence. She is a Greenwall Faculty Scholar in Bioethics and a Health Policy Scholar with Baylor College of Medicine's Center for Medical Ethics & Health Policy. She teaches, or has taught, contracts; disabilities and the law; genetics and the law; and health law.

JESSICA L. MANTEL

JESSICA L. MANTEL
Co-Director, Health Law & Policy Institute
Associate Professor of Law and George Butler Research Professor

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

Jessica L. Mantel is an Associate Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Health Law & Policy Institute. Her research interests include the impact of
legislative and regulatory schemes on emerging trends in the health care delivery system, the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the allocation of limited health care resources. Her most recent work has focused on how payment reforms impact the physician-patient relationship and cross-sector collaborations to address the social determinants of health. Prior to joining the UH Law Center in 2010, Professor Mantel served as a senior attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. While in government, Professor Mantel worked on a range of Medicare matters, including advising the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on implementation of the new Medicare prescription drug benefit, inpatient hospital payments and incentive payments for providers adopting electronic health records. Previously, she was a health analyst at the Government Accountability Office 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 Law Foundation Professor of Law at the UH Law Center who specializes in insurance law and the application of mathematics and computer science to law. Professor Chandler won a prestigious university-wide teaching excellence award in 1995, was a first year winner of the Innovator Award from Wolfram Research, received the President's Medal from Loyola University for extraordinary service in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and has been called on twice to testify before Congress on the Affordable Care Act. Professor Chandler has a broad Internet presence; he is the author of over 100 interactive Demonstrations on the Wolfram Research website. He founded two blogs, acadeathspiral.org, which addressed the ACA, and catrisk.net, which addressed catastrophic insurance in Texas. He is currently a blogger on health care finance issues for Forbes Magazine on its Apothecary site. Professor Chandler's blog entries have over 400,000 views. He is a Visiting Scholar at the Mercatus Center of George Mason University. He practiced with Munger, Tolles & Olson in Los Angeles and Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C. before beginning his academic career in 1990 at the UH Law Center. Professor Chandler teaches contracts, health law, analytic methods and constitutional law.

Dr. Michael S. Ewer

Dr. Michael S. Ewer

Distinguished Visiting Professor and Health Law LL.M. Director, Health Law & Policy Institute
Professor of Medicine and 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., University of Texas School of Public Health J.D., University of Houston Law Center
LL.M., University of Houston Law Center
Ph.D., University of Texas School of Public Health

Dr. Michael S. Ewer is a Professor of Medicine and an administrator at MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he has served for the last 40 years. He is also a faculty member at the University of Bern in Switzerland. Dr. Ewer holds a doctorate degree from The University of Texas and received his J.D. and LL.M. degrees from the University of Houston Law Center. He has broad experience in medical ethics, conflicts of interest and uncompensated (charity) medical care. Dr. Ewer has published extensively in the fields of oncology, medical ethics and philosophy of medical care; has authored four medical texts and is a sought-after international speaker. He teaches hospital law & ethics, HIPAA and foundational issues in health law.

Affiliated Faculty

BARBARA J. EVANS

BARBARA J. EVANS

Director, Center on Biotechnology & Law
Alumnae College Professor of Law
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

B.S.E.E., The University of Texas at Austin Ph.D., Stanford University
J.D., Yale Law School
LL.M., University of Houston Law Center

Barbara J. Evans is the Alumnae College Professor of Law and the Director of the Center for Biotechnology & Law at the University of Houston Law Center. Her research interests include health information systems, genomic testing, gene editing and neurotechnology. She was a Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholar in Bioethics for 2010- 2014 and is a member of the American Law Institute. She is currently involved with several multi-site research projects sponsored by the National Institutes of Health/National Human Genome Research Institute, the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Jim  Hawkins

JIM HAWKINS
George Butler Research Professor of Law 

J.D., The 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 Review, Indiana Law Journal, the Washington and Lee Law Review, the William and Mary Law Review and the Harvard Journal on Legislation, among other journals. His papers have been 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.

David  Kwok

 

DAVID KWOK
Assistant Professor of Law

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

David 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 Berkeley, he also received his Master's 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. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Professor Kwok teaches and writes about white collar crime, public policy, and law and the social sciences.

ELLEN MARRUS

ELLEN MARRUS
Royce Till Professor of Law
Director, Center for Children, Law & Policy

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

Ellen Marrus teaches in the areas of juvenile law, professional responsibility, children and the law and practice skills. She concentrates her scholarship in the areas of children's rights, juvenile justice and professionalism. Professor Marrus also directed and taught in the clinical programs at the UH Law Center for 10 years. She currently directs the Center for Children, Law & Policy at the UH Law Center. Professor Marrus serves on various local and national boards, including the National Juvenile Defender Center, the Southwest Regional Juvenile Defender Center, the Houston Association of Counsel for Children and the Clinical Legal Education Association.

RONALD TURNER

RONALD TURNER
A.A. White Professor of Law

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

Ronald Turner is the A.A. White Professor of Law and teaches and writes in the areas of labor and employment law, constitutional law, torts, race and the law, and HIV/AIDS and the law. He has published over 90 articles and is the author or co-author of three books as well as employment discrimination and torts casebooks.

Prior to joining the Law Center, he practiced labor and employment law in Chicago, Illinois and was a member of the faculty at the University of Alabama School of Law. He has also served as a Visiting Professor of law at the William & Mary School of Law and as a Visiting Professor of history at Rice University. Professor Turner is a member of the American Law Institute and an American Bar Foundation Fellow.

Research Faculty

LEAH R. FOWLER

LEAH R. FOWLER
Research Director, Health Law & Policy Institute and Research Assistant Professor

B.S., Georgetown University
J.D., University of Houston Law Center

Leah R. Fowler is a Research Assistant Professor and the Research Director for the Health Law & Policy Institute, focusing on public health law, bioethics, and health legislation and policy. Her current projects explore state variation in insurance utilization review and grant-funded work tracking Texas municipal smoking ordinances. In addition to her research duties, Professor Fowler is involved in several Health Law & Policy Institute initiatives, including oversight of the Health Legislative Fellows Program and development of a medical-legal partnership. She is also a faculty advisor to the Health Law Organization and the Houston Journal of Health Law & Policy.

Prior to joining the University of Houston, Professor Fowler worked as the Health Policy Program Manager in the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine where she maintains a designation as a Health Policy Scholar.

Staff

APRIL MORENO

APRIL MORENO
Program Director

ELAINE FIALA ELAINE FIALA
Executive Secretary

Adjunct Faculty

MOLLY DEAR ABSHIRE, J.D
Partner, Wright Abshire Attorneys PC

ROBERT MCSTAY, J.D.
Senior Associate General Counsel, Memorial Hermann Health System

E. RENA FELTON, J.D., LL.M.
Senior Manager, Tax Practice, Mitchell Titus, LLP

RONALD L. SCOTT, J.D., LL.M.
Lecturer

ALLYSON H. KINZEL, J.D.
Vice President, Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer,
M.D. Anderson

WARREN CHRISTOPHER SHEA, J.D.
Associate General Counsel - Business Affairs, Memorial Hermann Health System

NATHANIEL KUMMERFELD, J.D.
Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office

ERIN SMITH, J.D.
Associate Director of Government Affairs, Gilead Sciences

EMILY W. LAWSON, J.D.
Reference and Research Librarian, University of Houston Law Center

KATHERINE T. VUKADIN, J.D.
Associate Professor of Law, Thurgood Marshall School of Law

ALFONSO LÓPEZ DE LA OSA ESCRIBANO, J.D., PH.D.
Director, Center for U.S. and Mexican Law, University of Houston Law Center