Health Law Society

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Welcome to the Health Law Society

Affiliated with the American Health Lawyer's Association, the Health Law Society aims to connect students to the broader legal world of health law, and is dedicated to raising the visibility of health law issues at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. The Society pursues this goal by bringing academics and practitioners to C|M|LAW to discuss these issues with students, either through panel discussions, symposia, or more informal events. Topics to be explored include bio-medical ethics, health care compliance, medical technology, food and drug law, mass tort litigation, patent law, HMOs, insurance regulation, ERISA, disability rights issues, elder care, legal issues in AIDS research and treatment, the body as property, and comparative health systems.

This year the Society will bring speakers to C|M|LAW through a Health Law Brown Bag Lunch series. Other projects for this upcoming year include sponsoring a health law career awareness fair; attendance at the Health Law Student Conference, hosted by the American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics (ASLME); disseminating information on physical and mental health care for law students; and providing a comprehensive list of relevant courses for students interested in pursuing careers related to health and medicine. The Society will also work closely with the C|M|LAW Journal of Law and Health and Center for Health Law and Policy to raise awareness of issues in health law.


Elected Officers


Marie Bordley (m.bordleynull@cmlaw.csuohio.nulledu)


Heather Holt (h.d.holtnull@cmlaw.csuohio.nulledu)


Kimberly Cunningham (k.m.cunningham77null@cmlaw.csuohio.nulledu)


Gary Whitla (g.whitlanull@cmlaw.csuohio.nulledu)


Faculty Advisor

Professor Browne E. Lewis (b.c.lewisnull@csuohio.nulledu)


Health Law Society Events for 2015

Blood Drive - November 11, 2015 - 35 students and faculty membes offering to give.

Fourteen members of the Health Law Society attended the American Health Lawyers Association Conference on the Fundamentals in Health Law from November 15-17th. It was a great networking opportunity for all of the students that attended, as well as a great way to get to know each other.


The Health Law Society is planning to have a meet and greet with the Professors of the Health Law Curriculum. This will allow our membes to get an "inside view" of the best clasees to take and to find out what may be available in the job market related to Health Law.


Health Law Career Options Fair

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 - 4pm - 6:30pm
C|M|Law Moot Court Room (1801 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115) [map]

4pm - 5pm Panel discussion
5pm - 6:30pm "Table Talk" / Networking Reception with students

Please join us and hear experiences from attorneys who practice in the health law field.

We will begin with a brief panel discussion in our Moot Court Room on health care law moderated by Stephen Sozio, a Health Care Practice Partner at Jones Day. Our confirmed list of distinguished speakers include:

  • Mary L. Legerski, RN, Esq., CPC, The Chief Compliance Officer at MetroHealth
  • Megan Sprecher, Attorney with The Cleveland Legal Aid Society
  • Trish Decensi, Assistant General Counsel at Medical Mutual
  • David Schweighoefer, Schweighoefer Law
  • Michael Collyer, Assistant US Attorney from the U.S. Attorney’s Office

The panel will be followed by "table talk" and a reception in the law school atrium, where students can talk one-on-one with health care professionals working in various capacities in the health care field.

From Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy to Medical Child Abuse: Shifting Focus to the Victim and Away from the Abuser

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 - 1pm - 4pm
C|M|Law Moot Court Room (1801 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115) [map]


  • Carole Jenny, M.D., professor of Pediatrics at Brown University, director of the ChildSafe child protection program at Hasbro Children's Hospital
  • Thomas A. Roesler, M.D., associate professor at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, co-director of the Hasbro Children's Partial Hospital Program
  • Thomas H. Allison, DVM, Esq., associate counsel at the Cleveland Clinic Law Department
  • Johanna Goldfarb, M.D., director of the Center for Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the Cleveland Clinic
  • Yvonne Billingsley, Esq., assistant prosecuting attorney, supervisor of the Children and Family Services Unit
  • Michelle A. Myers, Esq., in charge assistant prosecuting attorney in the Children and Family Services Unit of the Office of the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor

Physicians and attorneys will address the issues surrounding medical child abuse. Attendees will learn the history of Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy and medical child abuse, and find out why the legal and medical communities strive to rid their vocabularies of the term, “Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy.” Additionally, the physicians will discuss how medical child abuse can be detected and the appropriate steps to ensure a child's safety. Finally, the attorneys will highlight the relevant Ohio Revised Code Sections that are impacted by medical child abuse.

CLE credit: 3 free hours CLE and CEU

This event is free and open to the public. A reception in the Atrium will follow the program.

This program is hosted by the Cleveland-Marshall College of LawJournal of Law and Health and Center for Health Law and Policy .


More Than a Tummy-Ache: Regulating, Preventing and Litigating Foodborne Illness Cases

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 - 5pm - 7:30pm
C|M|Law Moot Court Room (1801 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115) [map]

The program will feature Robert Rodriquez, a supervisory consumer safety officer and import program manager from the Cincinnati Office of the Food & Drug Agency who will discuss the Food Safety Modernization Act and Attorney Fred Pritzker, the founder and president of the national food safety law firm, Pritzker Olsen, P.A., who will discuss the prevention and litigation of foodborne illness cases. The program will be moderated by Helen Rhynard who is a registered dietician and a recent graduate of Cleveland-Marshall.

CLE credit: 2.5 free hours approved

This event is free and open to the public. A reception in the Atrium will follow the program.

This program is hosted by the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Center for Health Law and Policy.


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