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June 2016 Issue, Volume 9, Number 3

AHLA's Journal of Health & Life Sciences Law (Journal) is a free benefit for members. The Journal brings you in-depth analysis that will help you advise your clients in the ever-changing world of health and life sciences law. The Journal's editorial board, veteran members of the profession, identify topics they view as critical and review all articles. 


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What’s new in the latest issue:

Featured Article:
Same-Sex Spouses Under Health and Welfare Plans: Changes in the Wake of DOMA’s Collapse by Sarah E. Sanchez Read Now

Proposed Changes to the Common Rule: A Standoff Between Patient Rights and Scientific Advances? by Samantha L. Groden, Summer Martin, and Rebecca Merrill Read Now

Notes and Comments:
Right-to-Try Laws: Safe and Effective or Placebo Legislation? by Jan Murray and Lindsey E. Gabrielsen
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Practice Resource:
Is Your Organization Ready for a High-Profile Patient? by Ann G. Taylor, B. Moses Vargas, and Jennifer Stevens Read Now

Death with Dignity: Right-to-Die Issues in Senior Care and Housing by Pamela S. Kaufmann and Gabriela Sanchez Read Now
Brief Insight:
Patient Discrimination Litigation under Section 1557 of the ACA: A Sleeping Giant? by Andrew C. Stevens
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Brother’s Keeper or Big Brother? Resident Safety vs. Resident Rights by Emily M. Park Read Now

Whose Rights Prevail when the Patient Makes the Clinician’s Race an Issue? by Mike Midgley Read Now


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AHLA's Journal of Health & Life Sciences Law has been cited in numerous publications, including these since 2014:

Harvard Journal on Legislation
Stanford Technology Law Review
Boston University Journal of Science & Technology Law
Tulane Journal of Technology & Intellectual Property
American Journal of Law & Medicine
Journal of Health Care Law & Policy
Elder Law Journal
Vanderbilt University Law School Journal of Health Care Law & Policy
Health Matrix: Journal of Law Medicine
Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law
Hastings Law Journal
Arizona Law Review
George Mason Law Review
The Yale Law Journal Forum
William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal


Editorial Board Members

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Cynthia F. Wisner Editor-in-Chief Trinity Health (734) 343-1139 Email
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Elise D. Brennan Member Conner & Winters LLP (918) 586-8585 Email
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Michael H. Cook Member Liles Parker PLLC (202) 298-8750 Email
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Richard G. Cowart Member Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC (615) 726-5660 Email
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Lawrence L. Foust Member Children's Health (214) 456-7705 Email
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Lucy C. Hodder Member University of New Hampshire (603) 513-5212 Email
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Neel Kothari Member Milligan Lawless PC (606) 792-3511 Email
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Travis Grainger Lloyd Member Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP (615) 252-2306 Email
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Holley Thames Lutz Member Dentons US LLP (202) 408-6836 Email
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Thomas Mayo Member Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law (214) 768-3767 Email
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Jordan K. Paradise Member Seton Hall University School of Law Faculty (973) 642-8825 Email
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Dorthula H. Powell-Woodson Member Wiley Rein LLP (202) 719-7150 Email
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Cynthia Ransburg-Brown Member The University of Alabama System (205) 975-4844 Email
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Susan O. Scheutzow Member Kohrman Jackson & Krantz PLL (216) 736-7228 Email
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Paul W. Shaw Member Verrill Dana LLP (617) 274-2860 Email
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Richard F. Tompkins Member First Chesapeake Group Inc (410) 991-9327 Email

Staff Liaisons

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Cynthia M. Conner Staff Liaison American Health Lawyers Association (202) 833-0755 Email

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