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A core group of Hamline Law faculty members focus on health law courses. These faculty members are experienced and respected in the health law arena and are working to expand the Health Law Institute through significant scholarship in health law and related fields, symposium programs, specialized practical training, lawyer education, and legal clinics and externships. In addition, affiliate faculty members in fields related to health law provide additional courses and experiential learning opportunities.  

Thaddeus Pope Director of the Health Law Institute, Associate Professor of Law
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Courses Taught: Medical Law at the End of Life; Health Law: Quality of Care and Liability; Health Law: Organization and Finance; Torts

Research Interests: Medical futility and other legal obstacles to good end-of-life care; Internal Dispute Resolution mechanisms in healthcare, particularly ethics committees; Tort Law, particularly consent and the assumption of risk doctrine; Public Health Law, particularly the legitimacy of restricting voluntary self-regarding conduct; Normative Jurisprudence, particularly the justifiability of hard paternalism

JD, Georgetown; PhD, Georgetown; BA, University of Pittsburgh

   
Barbara Colombo Senior Fellow, Director of the Health Care Compliance Program
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Courses Taught: Health Care Compliance Institute; Health Care Compliance Laws and Regulations; Compliance Skills: Auditing, Investigating, and Reporting; Health Law: Quality of Care and Liability; Elder Law; Health Law Externship

JD, William Mitchell College of Law; BSN, College of St. Teresa (Winona, Minn.)

   
Lucinda Jesson Associate Professor of Law
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Currenty on leave, serving as Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

JD, Pennsylvania; BA, Arkansas

   
Jonathan Kahn Professor of Law
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Courses Taught: Law and Bioethics; Genetics Seminar; Public Health Law & Ethics; Constitutional Law; Torts

PhD, Cornell; JD, California-Berkeley; BA, Yale

   
Laura Hermer Associate Professor of Law
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Courses Taught: Health Care Organization and Finance; Reproductive Rights Seminar; Current Topics in Bioethics Seminar; Torts

JD, Northeastern University School of Law; LLM (health law), University of Houston Law Center; BA, Hampshire College

Clinic Faculty

Lindsay Davis Staff Attorney, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Inc.
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Courses Taught: Health Law Clinic

JD, Hamline University School of Law; MA, University of Illinois; BA, Lawrence University

   
Susan Schaffer Attorney, Susan M. Schaffer, Attorney at Law, P.A.
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Courses Taught: Health Law Clinic

JD, Wayne State University Law School; MS, Boston University School of Nursing; BS, College of St. Teresa

   
   
  

 

Affiliate Faculty

Learn more about the Health Law Institute's affiliate faculty members:

Adjunct Faculty & Guest Presenters

The Health Law Institute also engages industry professionals and visiting scholars to teach or present in courses. These instructors and presenters bring their experience, practical knowledge, and expertise to students.

Adjunct Faculty

  • Sandra Andreini, In-House Counsel, HealthPartners, Inc.
    Courses Taught: Health Reform: Insurance Plans, Exchanges, and Mandates
  • Thomas Beimers, Special Counsel, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
    Courses Taught: Health Reform: A New Age of Regulatory Enforcement
  • Brian Beutner, Chair, Board of Directors, MNsure
    Courses Taught: Business of Health Care: Managed Care and Beyond
  • Isaac Buck, Professor of Law, Mercer University School of Law
    Course Taught: Fraud & Abuse
  • George Chresand, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Fairview Health Services
    Courses Taught: Health Care Credentialing and Privileging, Health Care Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Ross C. D’Emanuele, Partner, Dorsey and Whitney
    Courses Taught: Medicare for Lawyers
  • Nanette Elster, Vice President, Spence & Elster, PC; Lecturer, Neiswanger Institute
    Course Taught: Assisted Reproductive Technologies
  • Nancy Evert, Deputy General Counsel, Care Group, HealthPartners
    Course Taught: Governance & Ethics in Health Care Compliance
  • Mark Gardner, Associate Attorney, DuVal & Associates, P.A.
    Courses Taught: Food and Drug Law
  • Marlene Garvis, Partner, Jardine, Logan & O’Brien
    Courses Taught: Medical Malpractice: Theory & Practice
  • Deb Gerardi, President & Chief Creative Officer, EHCCO
    Courses Taught: Strategic Management of Conflict in Health Care: Using Coaching to Improve Patient Safety and Interprofessional Teamwork
  • David Graham, Partner, Oppenheimer, Wolff & Donnelly, LLP
    Courses Taught: Food and Drug Law
  • Keith Halleland, Shareholder, Halleland Habicht, PA
    Courses Taught: Compliance Skills: Auditing, Investigating, and Reporting
  • Peter Hofrenning, Associate Counsel, HealthPartners
    Courses Taught: Health Law Externship
  • Joan Humes, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Litigation and Investigations, Medtronic
    Courses Taught: Health Care Fraud and Abuse
  • Gina Kastel, Partner,  Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
    Courses Taught: Health Reform: A New Age of Regulatory Enforcement, HIPAA Privacy
  • Susan Kratz, Attorney, Moore, Costello & Hart, PLLP
    Courses Taught: Governance and Ethics in Health Care Compliance
  • Barbara Lindberg, Lead Nurse Planner, OptumHealth Education
    Courses Taught: Mental Health Law
  • Janet Newberg, Owner/Attorney, Newberg Law Office
    Courses Taught: Health Care Fraud and Abuse
  • Marcia Miller, Attorney, Sieben, Grose, Von Holtum & Carey, LTD
    Courses Taught: Bioethics and the Law
  • Jennifer O’Brien, Chief Compliance Officer, Government Programs, UnitedHealthcare
    Courses Taught: Compliance Skills: Auditing, Investigating, and Reporting
  • Lori Oleson, Director of Compliance, UCare
    Courses Taught: Compliance Skills: Auditing, Investigating, and Reporting
  • David Orbuch, Executive Vice President, Optum
    Courses Taught: Governance and Ethics in Health Care Compliance
  • Vernellia Randall, Visiting Distinguished Professor of Law; Professor of Law, University of Dayton School of Law
    Course Taught: Race, Health Care, and the Law
  • Marc Raspanti, Partner, Pietragallo, Gordon, Alfano, Bosick & Raspanti, LLP
    Courses Taught: Drugs, Devices, and the False Claims Act
  • Suzanne M. Scheller, Counselor at Law, Scheller Legal Solutions LLC
    Course Taught: Elder Law
  • Patti Skoglund, Partner, Jardine, Logan & O’Brien
    Courses Taught: Medical Malpractice: Theory and Practice
  • Steven Snyder, Owner/Director, International Assisted Reproduction Center
    Courses Taught: Assisted Reproductive Technology and the Law
  • Tobi Tanzer, Vice President, Integrity, Compliance Officer and Privacy Officer, HealthPartners, Inc.
    Courses Taught: HIPAA Privacy
  • Paul Torgerson, Partner in Health Group, Dorsey & Whitney, LLP
    Courses Taught: Health Care Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Stacey Tovino, Professor of Law, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada
    Courses Taught: Elder Law, Comparative Health Law, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, HIPAA Privacy, Mental Health Law, Patients' Rights, Quality of Care and Liability, Bioethics and the Law
  • Barbara Tretheway, Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Office, Health Partners
    Course Taught: Governance & Ethics in Health Care Compliance
  • Judith Walker, Vice President for Internal Audit, Risk Management & Consumer Affairs, Blue Cross & Blue Shielf of MN
    Courses Taught: Governance and Ethics in Health Care Compliance
  • Gerald Wilhelm, Assistant United States Attorney, U.S. Dept. of Justice
    Courses Taught: Health Care Fraud and Abuse

Guest Presenters

  • Michael Benson, The Benson Bjorklund Group, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
  • Doug Blanke, Director, Public Health Law Center, William Mitchell College of Law
  • Brian Bjorklund, The Benson Bjorklund Group, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
  • Patricia Bower-Jernigan, Director, Allina Hospitals and Clinics
  • Gail Brandt, Shareholder, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
  • Pamela Brecht, Special Counsel, Pietragallo, Gordon, Alfano, Bosick & Raspanti, LLC
  • Heidi Neff Christianson, Partner, Moore, Costello & Hart PLLP
  • David Edgerton, IT Business Engagement, National Marrow Donor Program
  • Richard Ostrom, Title, WayPoint, Inc.
  • Daniel Roach, Vice President, Compliance & Audit, Catholic Healthcare West (Co-Chair of the Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics)
  • Laura Zdychnec, Attorney, Long Reher Hanson