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The health care field is booming, both locally and nationally – and Browne Lewis, the Leon and Gloria Plevin Professor Law and director of the Center for Health Law & Policy at Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, is a nationally recognized expert on the laws governing this industry.
With an aging population and the ongoing implementation of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), health law continues to grab national attention. Lewis believes another topic that is vital to every individual will again push health law into the spotlight
“Health care law is constantly evolving,” explained Lewis. “Currently, the focus is upon the implementation of the Affordable Care Act – but I believe the next big growth area in health law is going to be food and agriculture law, with a big focus on food security. While the recognition that preventive medicine is the best medicine has led to initiatives like urban farms and community gardens, the lack of regulation of those industries could lead to the public consuming unsafe food. Congress and state legislatures will soon realize that new food safety law and regulations are needed.”
Lewis writes in the areas of bioethics, environmental, family and inheritance law. In July 2012, New York University Press published Lewis' book, “Papa's Baby: Paternity and Artificial Insemination.” Lewis' next book, “Arrogance, Avarice and Anguish: Addressing the Ethical and Legal Consequences of Posthumous Reproduction,” will be published by Routledge Press. Lewis’ work has been included in several law reviews and national publications.
The past two summers, Lewis served as a visiting researcher at the foundation Brocher in Geneva, Switzerland and visiting Scholar at the Institute for Medical Humanities (University of Texas Medical Branch), at The Hasting Center and at Yale University's Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics.
Prior to joining the faculty at Cleveland-Marshall, Professor Lewis was an associate professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, a visiting professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, a summer visiting professor at Seattle University School of Law and a legal writing instructor at Hamline University School of Law. Lewis earned J.D. from the University of Minnesota School of Law, and an LL.M from University of Houston School of Law.
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