Healthcare Law

gavel and stethescopeMiami Law provides expertise for tomorrow’s leaders in health law and policy with courses, joint degrees and clinical opportunities in the area. Attorneys with this legal background can work in a variety of capacities assisting physicians, hospitals, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, insurers, employers, and patients navigate health care laws and regulations.  

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Employers are looking for experience. Students benefit from Miami Law's clinics and centers that provide hands-on legal training while attending law school.
Health Rights Clinic
Environmental Justice Clinic
Human Rights Clinic
Children and Youth Law Clinic

Interdisciplinary Study: Joint Degrees and Programs

As an in-demand field, a joint degree in or course focus on health law are ways to distinguish legal studies. Read “Consider Concentration, Joint Degree for Health Law Career” in U.S. News & World Report.

Miami Law offers the following joint degrees: 

J.D./M.P.H. - Public Health
J.D./M.D. - Medicine
J.D./M.S.Ed. - Law, Community and Social Change
J.D./M.P.S. - Marine Ecosystems and Society
J.D./Ph.D. - Environmental Science and Policy
J.D./LL.M. - Maritime Law

Miami Law also offers the Concentration - Social Justice & Public Interest in which students can concentrate studies in an area of related interest such as public health.


hosptial signThe course, Hospitals, Health Care Services, and Access, is taught in conjunction with professors from:
·    School of Architecture
·    School of Business Administration
·    College of Engineering
·    School of Law
·    Miller School of Medicine
·    Department of Epidemiology and Public Health
·    School of Nursing and Health Studies

Courses 

Courses in mental health law, food and drug law, mass tort litigation, environmental law, insurance law, corporate and tax law, bioethics, constitutional law, family law, administrative law, intellectual property law and social welfare law help expand students’ intellectual toolkit. Students can select courses that explore the various aspects of health law. While the following lists courses currently or recently offered in this area, this list is not exhaustive nor does it set out a path of study. 

ADVANCED APPELLATE ADVOCACY II
ADMINISTRATIVE LAW
ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
DISPUTE RESOLUTION IN LATIN AMERICA (in Spanish)
FLORIDA FAMILY LAW: COMPLEX FINANCIAL ISSUES
FLORIDA TORT LAW- THE REAL DEAL
FOOD LAW
HEALTH LAW FUNDAMENTALS: FRAUD AND ABUSE
HOSPITALS, HEALTH CARE SERVICES AND ACCESS: AN INTERDISCIPLINARY INQUIRY
HOT TOPICS IN INSURANCE LAW

HUMAN RIGHTS AND ENVIRONMENT
HUMAN TRAFFICKING
INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS
INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYERING & ADVOCACY
IMMIGRATION, ETHNICITY, AND PUBLIC POLICY
LAW PRACTICE: SOCIAL IMPACT ADVOCACY
MENTAL HEALTH LAW
MINDFUL ETHICS: PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR LAWYERS IN THE DIGITAL AGE
SOCIAL JUSTICE LAWYERING
TORTURE AND THE LAW

Faculty 

Anthony Alfieri Professor of Law and Dean's Distinguished Scholar, is the Founder and Director of the Center for Ethics and Public Service, and the Founder of the Historic Black Church Program and Environmental Justice Clinic, at Miami Law.  He teaches civil procedure, ethics, public interest law and leadership, social enterprise, and professional liability and lawyer malpractice. 

Professor Donna Coker focuses on criminal law, gender and inequality. She is a nationally recognized expert in domestic violence law and policy.

Professor Caroline Mala Corbin’s scholarship focuses on the First Amendment’s speech and religion clauses, particularly their intersection with equality issues. She speaks often on religious opposition to the contraception mandate — the provision of the Affordable Care Act requiring that insurance plans cover contraception. 

Professor Zanita Fenton teaches courses in Family Law, Torts, Race and the Law, Constitutional Law, and seminars on Critical Race Feminism and Women and the Law Stories.

Professor Frances Hill, a Dean’s Distinguished Scholar for the Profession, teaches and writes on tax exempt entities as well as constitutional law issues including campaign finance and spending clause controversies, and on issues arising in the course of implementing the Affordable Care Act.

JoNel Newman teaches professional responsibility, civil procedure and directs the Health Rights Clinic at the University of Miami.  Since 2005 this medical-legal partnership has successfully represented over two thousand indigent clients who receive care in through the Medical School’s Comprehensive AIDS Program, the Pediatric Mobile Clinic and the Public Health Trust’s Community Medical Center. 

Robert Latham, Clinical Instructor and Practitioner-in-Residence of the Children & Youth Law Clinic, teaches students who handle cases involving abused, abandoned and neglected children in a variety of forums, including dependency and family courts, administrative hearings, and federal and appellate courts.

Daniel Magraw teaches Human Rights and the Environment and has lectured extensively in the United States and abroad on a wide variety of international law topics, and he has written books and articles on many international law subjects, including international environmental law, women's human rights, the Iran-US Claims Tribunal, international trade and the environment, sustainable development, accountability in international dispute settlement, and philosophy and environmental protection. 

Bernard Perlmutter, Professor of Clinical Legal Education and Co-Director of the Children & Youth Law Clinic, teaches and supervises second- and third-year law students who handle cases involving abused, abandoned and neglected children and adolescents in a variety of legal proceedings, including dependency and foster care, public benefits, health care, mental health, disability, education and immigration cases, in addition to appellate, legislative and administrative advocacy and law reform litigation

Clinical Professor Rebecca Sharpless, Director of Miami Law’s Immigration Clinic researches and writes in the areas of progressive lawyering, feminist theory, and the intersection of immigration and criminal law.

Susan Stefan, has taught courses on mental health law and is one of the country's most highly regarded experts in mental disability law.

Kele Stewart is Professor of Clinical Education and Co-Director of the University of Miami School of Law Children & Youth Law Clinic. In the clinic, she supervises students who handle cases involving abused, abandoned and neglected children.  She also teaches courses on family and juvenile law and legal practice.  Her scholarship is in the areas of child welfare, children’s rights and clinical education. 

Melissa Swain  is Assistant Director of the Health Rights Clinic. Prior to that she was the Public Benefits Staff Attorney at Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center in Miami.

Craig Trocino, Director of the Innocence Clinic teaches classes in post-conviction litigation and federal sentencing. His areas of concentration are in appellate practice and post-conviction litigation and he maintains research interests in criminal law, habeas corpus and appellate practice.

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