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    Professor Thad Pope to lead Hamline’s Health Law Institute

    This January, Thaddeus Pope will join the Health Law Institute (HLI) as its new director, capping an exciting year for HLI that featured founding director Lucinda Jesson being appointed to Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton’s cabinet, and outstanding programming that included Rethinking Regulation in an Era of Reform, a national symposium drawing health law experts from across the country.

    The Health Law Institute was established in 2006 to bridge the gap 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. The Health Law Institute has earned Hamline a national reputation in health law – recently ranked as one of the top 20 health law programs by U. S. News & World Report.

    "This is a wonderful time to come to Hamline," Professor Pope said. "I feel very fortunate that I will have the opportunity to benefit from all the tremendous work done by Lucinda Jesson. She not only developed outstanding curriculum and assembled a great Hamline team, she also built extraordinary health law relationships, both locally and nationally. With this kind of foundation in place, we'll be able to hit the ground running and continue to serve both our students and the health law community while doing very meaningful work along the way."

    Professor Pope joins Hamline Law from Widener University School of Law, where he currently serves as an associate professor of law. His research focuses on medical futility, internal dispute resolution, tort law, public health law, and normative jurisprudence. He authors a blog on medical futility (medicalfutility., reporting and discussing legislative, judicial, regulatory, medical, and other developments concerning medical futility and end-of-life medical treatment conflict. Pope also served at the Albany Medical College and the University of Memphis. Prior to joining academia, he practiced at Arnold & Porter LLP and clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Pope earned a J.D. and Ph.D. in philosophy and bioethics from Georgetown University and a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh.

    “We are truly excited about the arrival of Thad Pope and believe he has the ideal background to lead the Health Law Institute in this next exciting phase of its development,” Hamline Law Dean Donald Lewis said. “I’m also pleased that going forward, Thad will be able to benefit from the leadership and experience of Senior Fellow Barbara Colombo, who has done an outstanding job as interim director during this transition.”

    Professor Pope’s appointment fills the vacancy created when Jesson was appointed by Governor Mark Dayton as Commissioner of Minnesota Department of Human Services. The department has responsibility for Minnesota's government-sponsored health care and economic assistance programs, child welfare, services for seniors and people with disabilities, sex offender treatment, and licensing of service providers.

    “Cindy’s appointment reflects Hamline Law’s long-standing tradition of leadership in the public interest,” Dean Lewis said. “We are honored that one of our own now plays a central role in the Dayton administration, particularly in the critical area of health care reform. With the arrival of Thad Pope and his unique set of skills, along with the continuity in our health law faculty, we see an especially bright future.”

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