April Moreno
Program Director
University of Houston Law Center
Health Law & Policy Institute
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UHLC Professor Winnike earns national award for work on emergency health preparedness law

The National Center for State Courts is honoring University of Houston Law Center Research Professor Allison N. Winnike with its 2016 Distinguished Service Award for her public health emergency preparedness legal writing and community outreach. more...


FCC commissioner and health care leaders encourage use of broadband technology at UHLC conference

Stakeholders in the legal, medical and technology fields discussed how mental health patients in underserved areas could benefit from broadband connectivity Wednesday at a policy conference at the University of Houston Law Center. more...


UHLC Health Law & Policy Institute teams up with Connect2HealthFCC task force at May 18 conference to discuss how broadband technology can help improve mental health care

Goal of nationwide effort is to bring the benefits of broadband-enabled health care technology and other services to rural and underserved areas. more...


Harvard Conference

UHLC Prof Evans to discuss impact of 'Big Data' on bioethics at Harvard conference. more...


UHLC teams up with FCC to improve mental health care through expanded use of broadband technology

The University of Houston Law Center's Health Law & Policy Institute is partnering with the FCC to host a daylong conference May 18 to explore the future of broadband technologies in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health issues. more...

Corporate wellness programs can be discriminatory, UHLC Prof Roberts argues at health law conference

University of Houston Law Center Professor Jessica L. Roberts questioned the efficiency of corporate wellness programs last week at the 2016 Law Medicine Center Conference at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland. more...

Houston could be susceptible to Zika virus outbreak, public health officials warn at HLPI workshop

Public health professionals analyzed the readiness of the Houston area for a potential outbreak of the Zika virus on Friday during a workshop at the University of Houston Law Center. more...

UHLC Prof. Winnike awarded grant to continue research on smoking ordinances

The Texas Department of State Health Services has awarded a $228,000 grant to continue a University of Houston Law Center research project that tracks Texas municipal smoking ordinances related to second-hand smoke, including smoke-free zones in restaurants, bars, and other public locations, according to Research Professor Allison Winnike.more...

UHLC Prof. Roberts to weigh fairness of corporate wellness programs at health law conference in Cleveland

University of Houston Law Center Professor Jessica L. Roberts will discuss the legality and ethics of corporate wellness programs at the 2016 Law Medicine Center Conference at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland. The conference begins at 9 a.m. on April 15. more...

University of Houston Law Center workshop to explore preparations for control of Zika

Health, government officials will share information and coordinate efforts to limit exposure.more...

HLPI Speaker Series: Smith ’00 discusses relationship between health laws and NFL players  

University of Houston Law Center alumnus Richard Craig Smith discussed health laws and their impact on professional football players recently as part of the Health Law & Policy Institute’s 2016 Spring Speaker Series. more...

Alumni Spotlight: Collin Brodrick, J.D. ’13   

Malpractice attorney makes case for drug abuse prescription more...

 

 


UHLC Prof Evans discusses privacy issues during White House summit on gene

University of Houston Law Center Professor Barbara Evans joined other leaders in the field of genomic health care last week at the White House to participate in the Precision Medicine Initiative Summit. more...

UHLC and CLASS faculty analyze presidential race prior to ‘Super Tuesday’ primaries

The significance of media, the Supreme Court, Latino political involvement, and other topics relating to the 2016 presidential election were discussed Tuesday at a symposium co-hosted by the University of Houston Law Center and College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.  more...

Nation’s first blind Supreme Court justice tells UHLC students how he overcame disability

Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard A. Bernstein spoke about the challenges of being the first blind Supreme Court justice in the country and encouraged law students to truly make a difference with their chosen career, during a talk last week at the University of Houston Law Center. more...

UH Professors Will Analyze Issues Presented by the 2016 Presidential Election

UH Law Center, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences host ‘Super Tuesday’ symposium in advance of Republican candidates’ debate on campus.  more...

 

Alumni Spotlight: Todd L. Krause, J.D. ‘97

‘Basic curiosity’ about science and the law led Krause to UHLC more...

 

 

UHLC celebrates Prof Evans’ election to American Law Institute

The University of Houston Law Center recognized the election of Professor Barbara J. Evans to the American Law Institute on Friday. more...

 

UHLC Prof Mantel encourages health care providers to weigh social aspects of health issues

A growing trend of health care providers going beyond simply treating disease to address the root causes of bad health was discussed by University of Houston Law Center Assistant Professor Jessica Mantel in a talk titled, “Providers’ Central Role in Tackling the Social Determinants of Health.” more...

UHLC Research Prof. Winnike selected for Texas leadership program

University of Houston Law Center Research Professor Allison N. Winnike has been selected to join the 2016 class of Leadership Texas, a network of more than 6,000 women with the goal of broadening their knowledge and developing their skills to have a greater impact on their community. more...

UHLC Prof Barbara Evans elected to American Law Institute

UHLC professor Barbara J. Evans was elected today to the prestigious American Law Institute, joining 16 Law Center colleagues and several other adjunct and emeritus faculty. more...

UHLC Prof Mantel to explore health care providers’ growing focus on the social factors affecting  health

University of Houston Law Center Professor Jessica Mantel on Jan. 27 will discuss a relatively new trend in health care — health care providers growing interest in addressing the social and environmental conditions affecting a patient’s health rather than focusing on medical treatment. more...

UHLC Prof Chandler welcomes wider audience for his "ACA Death Spiral" blog as it moves to Forbes

University of Houston Law Center Professor Seth Chandler will be expanding the audience for his health care finance blog later this month when Forbes begins posting it on its site, The Apothecary. more...

UHLC Prof Evans explores impact of proposed research regulation on healthcare quality improvement and informational research

UH Law Center Professor Barbara J. Evans calls for caution in implementing proposed changes to the Common Rule, a major federal research regulation, to avoid unintended impacts on healthcare quality improvement activities and informational research that uses health data and biospecimens. more...

UHLC Prof Roberts proposes better protections of human research subjects

University of Houston Law Center Professor Jessica L. Roberts called for autonomy and privacy for human research subjects in a blog entry and commentary addressed to a top official with the Department of Health and Human Services. more...

UHLC alum Tony Buzbee ’97 wins $41 million award in spider bite death

University of Houston Law Center alumnus Tony Buzbee ’97 last week won a $41 million jury verdict for the family of a seaman who died after being bitten by a brown recluse spider aboard ship. more...

UHLC Prof. Evans urges caution on international regulation of human gene editing

University of Houston Law Center Professor Barbara J. Evans spoke at the International Summit on Human Gene Editing on Wednesday in Washington D.C., focusing on national frameworks for regulating gene editing and whether international harmonization is in order. more...

UHLC Prof Evans to speak at international genetics summit

University of Houston Law Center Professor Barbara J. Evans will speak Wednesday at the three-day International Summit on Human Gene Editing that is now under way in Washington, D.C. more...

Student Spotlight: Jacob Karam, 2L

UHLC student takes talents from gridiron to cancer hospitals more...

 

 

UHLC health law speaker explains issues blocking women’s right to elective surgery

A USC professor recently explained to a University of Houston Law Center audience her efforts to shed light on the clash among laws, biomedical ethics, and cultural mores that is preventing some women from undergoing reconstructive genital surgery.more...

Health policy experts debate cancer drug prices at UH Law Center-sponsored event

Health care professionals, insurance and pharmaceutical industry representatives squared off recently to debate one of the most contentious issues in U.S. health care – whether drug companies are gouging patients on the cost of cancer drugs. more...

Same-sex marriage, ‘Obamacare’ take center stage at UHLC Supreme Court roundup

In its recently completed term, the U.S. Supreme Court made several landmark rulings – arguably the most sweeping of which was its finding that state bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional, making such unions legal across the land.more...

Precision medicine takes UHLC Professor Evans to White House

University of Houston Law Center Professor Barbara Evans was in Port Aransas on a recent Saturday, downcast at the prospect of an unsuccessful day of surfing—no waves!—when her smartphone pinged an invitation to the White House.  more...

UH Law Center faculty examine recent Supreme Court decisions and what they mean for Texans

At least one county clerk has resigned after refusing to issue a marriage license to a gay couple in Texas and Obamacare subsidies will continue in the wake of recent rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court. more...

Prof. Seth Chandler delivers Congressional testimony on rising health insurance costs

Professor Seth Chandler testified before the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight regarding the effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on health insurance premiums.  He concluded his remarks on the sources of 2016 premium increases with the following. "The ACA focused mostly on insurance markets and, in the absence of better medical cost control, one should... expect the federal bills for subsidies to increase. Moreover, it is likely to cause an escalation of premiums particularly for the more generous PPO plans and Gold and Platinum plans. And if so, we will see a diminishing choice of physicians, potentially less continuity of care, and increased cost sharing for many individuals." more...

Prof. Seth Chandler to deliver Congressional Testimony on rising health insurance costs

Professor Seth Chandler has been asked to testify before the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight regarding the effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on health insurance premiums.  more...

Prof. Jessica Roberts named Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholar in Bioethics

Professor Jessica Roberts was selected as a Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholar in Bioethics. The prestigious award supports research that goes beyond current work in bioethics to help resolve pressing ethical issues in clinical care, biomedical research, and public policy. Professor Robert's three-year project will focus on "Genetic Property & Personhood: The Role of Ownership in Genetic Research." Notably, Professor Roberts is the second faculty member to be selected for this prestigious research program in recent years. She joins Professor Barbara Evans who was named a Greenwall Scholar in 2010 for her research on "Governance Models to Enhance the Legitimacy and Public Acceptability of Decisions to Allow Nonconsensual Use of Data Held in Large Health Information Networks." more...

Prof. Mark Rothstein delivers guest lecture on U.S. Ebola response

Former HLPI Director Professor Mark Rothstein returned to the UHLC to deliver a presentation on "The Lessons of Ebola Quarantine in the U.S." Professor Rothstein currently serves as the Herbert F. Boehl Chair of Law and Medicine and the founding director of the Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy and Law at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Prior to joining the University of Louisville, he was a Professor of Law at the UHLC and Director of the Health Law & Policy Institute from 1986 to 2000. more...

Prof. Chandler featured in RealClearPolicy and Politico discussing ACA

Professor Seth Chandler’s blog post “The Cons of the ACA” from his ACA Death Spiral Blog was featured on RealClearPolicy.com.  Professor Chandler, Foundation Professor of Law and Director of the Health Law & Policy Institute, was also quoted in Politico on possible insurance rate increases in the May 30, 2015 article “Experts see big price hikes for Obamacare.”

Telemedicine bill written by two UH Law Center students passes Texas House

A bill drafted largely by two students in the University of Houston Law Center’s Health Legislation & Advocacy class and designed to expand access to telemedicine services in Texas passed 141-0 in the Texas House and is awaiting action in the Senate. more...

Prof. Evans in NEJM: Congressional Action Needed to Optimize Regulation of Genomic Tests

Professor Barbara Evans co-authors Special Report in New England Journal of Medicine calling on Congress to act to incentivize the development of the massive data systems that doctors and regulators will need to make genomic testing safe and effective for patients. more...

Profs. Chandler and Roberts honored with Provost’s Certificate of Excellence

Professor Seth Chandler and Professor Jessica Roberts each received a Certificate of Excellence from University of Houston Provost Paula Myrick Short in appreciation for their extraordinary achievements. Professor Chandler is a Foundation Professor of Law and Director of the Health Law & Policy Institute. Professor Roberts has recently lent her expertise to the Football Players Health Study at Harvard University. more...

UHLC student earns fellowship to work on Capitol Hill

Bobby Joe Dale III awarded HLPI Health Law Congressional Fellowship to work in Congressman Gene Green’s office in DC. more...

Prof. Jessica Roberts honored with 2015 Teaching Excellence Award

Four members of the University of Houston Law Center faculty are winners of the university’s 2015 Teaching Excellence Awards, Provost Paula Myrick Short announced today. more...

Health Law students honored at 2015 Dean’s Awards

Bradley Cook, Kärt Pormeister, and Amy Westergren awarded Prudential Life Insurance Scholarship for academic excellence in the Health Law Program.  Clé Holly awarded John B. Neibel Scholarship for academic excellence in Health Law.  Amanda Schramm, Kayleigh Smith, and Benjamin Wells awarded Ewer-Oren J.D. Health Law Writing Award for best research paper in Health Law. more...

Team wins 2nd place at National Health Law Transactional Moot Court Competition in Chicago

Andi Levy, Kyle Seabolt, and Amy Westergen placed second in the Fifth Annual L. Edward Bryant Jr. National Health Law Transactional Moot Court Competition. more...

UHLC student testifies before state House panel on medical licensure bill

Bradley Cook, a University of Houston Law Center LL.M. student, recently testified before a Texas House committee in favor of a bill that would make Texas part of an interstate medical licensure compact. more...

UH Law Center’s health law program climbs higher in U.S. News Top 10

The University of Houston Law Center’s health law program moved up in the annual Top 10 rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report. more...

Make your wishes known legally before onset of dementia

William Winslade, distinguished visiting professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center, recently told a University gathering it’s vital that people make their preferences about end-of-life issues known in a legally binding way before the onset of late-stage dementia.more...

Law Center profs explore genetics in outer space

University of Houston Law Center Professors Barbara Evans and Jessica Roberts took their expertise in the fields of genetics and genomic medicine to NASA’s Johnson Space Center recently to explore the role of genetic testing in personalized medicine and in mitigating risks related to space flight. more...

UHLC Health Law & Policy Institute announces Health Legislative Fellows

An interest in health law has taken two University of Houston Law Center students to Austin as legislative fellows for the current session, and the Health Law & Policy Institute is looking for a third to work this summer in Washington, D.C. more...

Vanessa Johnson, J.D. ’06, LL.M. – Tax and Health Law, Expected ’15

Armed with five degrees in law and business, alumna wants to share her knowledge in the classroom. more...

UHLC health legislation and advocacy students get help from leading disability expert

UHLC’s Health Law & Policy Institute workshop examines legal issues surrounding Ebola Students in the University of Houston Law Center’s “Health Legislation & Advocacy” class are drafting bills for the upcoming legislative session to expand access to telemedicine. more...

UHLC’s Health Law & Policy Institute workshop examines legal issues surrounding Ebola

UHLC’s Health Law & Policy Institute workshop examines legal issues surrounding Ebola As public concern has heightened over the potential spread of the deadly Ebola virus, the University of Houston Law Center's Health Law  & Policy Institute hosted a special preparedness workshop to give area public officials a firmer grounding in the law surrounding various aspects of dealing with pandemic situations.  more...

Panel of UHLC grads detail ins-and-outs of in-house practice

Panel of UHLC grads detail ins-and-outs of in-house practice Working in-house at a large, non-profit like Texas Children’s Hospital is a lot like practicing at a small law firm  -- a close-knit team handling a broad range of issues, but with clients who work right down the hall. more...

UH Law Center releases updated health emergency law manual, plans Nov. 7 event on Ebola response

UH Law Center releases updated health emergency law manual, plans Nov. 7 event on Ebola response As the deadly Ebola virus has made its first appearances in the United States, members of the public and government officials are anxious for information on how to deal with the threat. more...

HLPI symposium focuses on future of America’s health care system

HLPI symposium focuses on future of America’s health care systemA small group of health law scholars, including five University of Houston Law Center professors, gathered in Houston earlier this fall to discuss their research on the future of the United States health care system. more...

Scholarships give UHLC students chance to attend state and national conferences

WinnersThree UHLC Health Law LL.M. students received scholarships from the State Bar of Texas Health Law Council to attend the Texas Health Law Conference in Austin. more...

UHLC’s Prof Roberts explains genetic law in congressional briefing

Jessica RobertsUniversity of Houston Law Center Professor Jessica L. Roberts today participated in a wide-ranging congressional briefing on advances in genetic technology and its implications for the public. more...

Prof. Bruhl on the SCOTUS Hobby Lobby decision

Michael E. Clark, LL.M. ‘96 and ’00 The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled in a 5-4 decision that two family-owned corporations cannot be forced under terms of the Affordable Care Act to pay for insurance coverage of contraceptives for employees. more...

Alumni  Spotlight: Michael E. Clark, LL.M. ‘96 and ’00

Michael E. Clark, LL.M. ‘96 and ’00 Michael E. Clark has been named chairman of the Health Law Section of the American Bar Association. more...

UH Law Center Professor Chandler testifies before Congress

UH Law Center Professor Chandler testifies before Congress UHLC Foundation Professor Seth J. Chandler testified on the Affordable Care Act today before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. more...

National association names Mantel ‘Health Law Scholar’

National association names Mantel ‘Health Law Scholar’ University of Houston Law Center Professor Jessica Lind Mantel has been named a health law scholar by members of the American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics, the third UHLC faculty member selected for the honor in recent years. more...

UHLC student takes yoga to the homeless as Schweitzer Fellow

UHLC student takes yoga to the homeless as Schweitzer FellowJonathan Chatham has taken his belief of a healthy mind in a healthy body from a middle school classroom to the halls of the University of Houston Law Center and soon to the streets of Houston where he will help the homeless for the next year as an Albert Schweitzer Fellow. more...

Fast growing life science industry offers opportunities for new grads, alums say

Fast growing life science industry offers opportunities for new grads, alums sayBiomedical research is a multibillion-dollar sector that is set to play a crucial role in the 21st century economy, according to three recent University of Houston Law Center alums who are part of the new legal workforce that is coalescing around Houston’s growing life sciences industry. more...

Health Law Rankings Again Place the Health Law and Policy Institute Among the Best in the Nation

Health Law Rankings Again Place the Health Law and Policy Institute Among the Best in the Nation The Health Law & Policy Institute was established in 1978. It is widely regarded as one of the top health law programs in the country. In April 2014, U. S. News & World Report rankings listed the University of Houston’s health law program as being in the top ten.

Houston is major ‘life sciences destination,’ Medical Center exec tells students

Houston is major ‘life sciences destination,’ Medical Center exec tells studentsThe Texas Medical Center’s new strategic vision is rapidly transforming Houston into a world leader in the life sciences industry, the senior vice president and general counsel of the world’s largest medical complex told Professor Barbara Evans’ evening Health Law students Monday. more...

Prof. Chandler on Windstorm Insurance

Health Law LL.M. Brochure wins Gold Marketing Award A court’s decision about a proposed rewrite of legislation could affect future of thousands of Texas policyholders. more...

Health Law LL.M. Brochure wins Gold Marketing Award

Health Law LL.M. Brochure wins Gold Marketing Award The University of Houston Law Center's LL.M. brochures earned gold honors in the 2013 Collegiate Advertising Awards. The Law Center competed among graduate schools across the country. more...

Despite startup problems, Frankel Lecture experts agree it’s too early to judge ‘Obamacare.’

Despite startup problems, Frankel Lecture experts agree it’s too early to judge ‘Obamacare.’ Leading scholars at the 18th Annual Frankel Lecture agreed Thursday on three points concerning the Affordable Care Act:  It remains very confusing to the public; more data are needed to determine whether it is succeeding; and patience is required to see if it will meet its goals and gain public acceptance. more...

UH Law Center Professors Look to Future of ‘Genetics Revolution’ in Panel Discussion Oct. 29

UH Law Center Professors Look to Future of ‘Genetics Revolution’ in Panel Discussion Oct. 29 Scientific advances affect a wide range of sectors and legal issues beyond medicine. more...

Three UHLC scholarship winners head to Austin for Health Law Conference

Three UHLC scholarship winners head to Austin for Health Law Conference Three University of Houston Law Center students have been awarded scholarships to attend the Annual Texas Health Law Conference on Oct. 13-15 in Austin. more...

HLPI symposium focuses on ‘patchwork’ state of US health care

HLPI symposium focuses on ‘patchwork’ state of US health care A  group of leading health law scholars, including four University of Houston Law Center professors, gathered in San Antonio earlier this fall to discuss their research on the state of health care in the United States. more...

Prof. Gray on Jobless Drug Testing

Major healthcare changes ahead for Texans Senate Bill 21, passed in the last regular legislative session and effective Sept 1, amends the Labor Code to require drug screening and testing for certain individuals before they can receive unemployment insurance (UI) compensation benefits. more...

Profs. Evans and Kumar on Gene Patents

Major healthcare changes ahead for Texans Major healthcare changes ahead for Texans The U.S. Supreme Court today in a unanimous decision ruled that companies cannot patent human genes. more...

Major healthcare changes ahead for Texans

Major healthcare changes ahead for Texans UHLC Health Law & Policy Research Director Patricia Gray addressed the Affordable Care Act as part of Legal Excellence speaker series. more...

University of Houston Law Center professor examines $3 billion fertility industry

University of Houston Law Center professor examines $3 billion fertility industry Research shows internet marketing stresses ‘miracle’ of birth over costs and success rates. more...

Evans to speak at genomic medicine symposium on Oct. 25

Evans to speak at genomic medicine symposium on Oct. The event explores the future of genomics-based therapies. more...

UHLC’s Gray fields health care questions in Liberty

UHLC’s Gray fields health care questions in Liberty Lions Club members hear about impact of sweeping Affordable Care Act. more...

UH Law Center health law experts weigh in on Affordable Care

UH Law Center health law experts weigh in on Affordable Care What did the Supreme Court rule and how will it affect Texans? more...

Faculty Experts: Prof. Gray on health care hearings

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether to uphold or overturn Obama’s Affordable Care Act. more...

Faculty Experts: Prof. Roberts on new hiring policy

Texas employers are moving towards a ban on hiring smokers or anyone who tests positive for nicotine. more...

UHLC honors Health Law & Policy Institute co-founder

The Health Law & Policy Institute recognizes J.D. Epstein for his contributions to the health law community and the Law Center during reception. more...

‘All Star’ panel offers insight to Health Law

UHLC students hear about opportunities in evolving field. more...

Seven UHLC students receive scholarships to attend Texas Health Law Conference

Law students will learn from national and regional health law experts. more...

Faculty Experts: Prof. Roberts on genetic information and the law

Genetic law will evolve and grow in importance as science advances further into this fascinating area with implications beyond medical into everyday lives. more...

Two Law Center students named Schweitzer Fellows

Service project will teach students about health and health law issues. more...

Amount of workplace bias stuns new EEOC member

The Law Center’s Health Law & Policy Institute hosts forum on ADA and discrimination. more...

EEOC commissioner speaks at UH health law forum

Chai Feldblum will lead a discussion Friday on the outlook for civil rights in the workplace. more...

LLM papers chosen for Cornell conference

Four papers ranging from medicine to international crime were selected for presentation. more...

Fed official optimistic about health care reform

Despite criticism, regional HHS director hopeful on one-year anniversary. more...