Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton were among the guests who visited Hamline recently for a reception honoring Health Law Institute founding director Lucinda Jesson.
Last January, Governor Dayton appointed Jesson to serve as Commissioner of Minnesota Department of Human Services, which is a cabinet level position. Commissioner Jesson’s department has responsibility for Minnesota's health care and economic assistance programs, child welfare, services for seniors and people with disabilities, sex offender treatment, and licensing of service providers.
Commissioner Jesson, who is currently on leave from Hamline while she serves the state, played a critical role in establishing the Health Law Institute in 2006. The intent was to bridge gaps between health law scholarship and policy through engagement, collaboration, and innovation; to serve as a regional forum for addressing issues in health law and policy; and to provide programs, training, and educational opportunities for future health law leaders.
Jesson joined Hamline in 2006 as an associate professor of law and director of the Health Law Institute. Prior to that, she represented individuals, hospitals, clinics and health care professionals through her practice, Jesson & Pust, P.A. She also served as a frequent arbitrator and hearing officer in health care disputes.
Previously, Jesson served as Chief Deputy Hennepin County Attorney, Minnesota Deputy Attorney General responsible for Health and Licensing, and as a partner with the law firm of Oppenheimer Wolff and Donnelly LLP. She earned her B.A. from the University of Arkansas and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1983.
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