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Leading Health Law Scholar Joins Stanford Law School Faculty

SLS Professor David Studdert; photo courtesy of University of Melbourne

STANFORD, Calif., November 18, 2013—Stanford Law School today announced that David M. Studdert has joined the Stanford faculty as professor of law, effective November 1st. He also holds a joint appointment as professor of medicine at Stanford School of Medicine.

Professor Studdert is a leading expert in the fields of health law and empirical legal research. His scholarship explores how the legal system influences the health and well-being of populations. He is a prolific scholar who has authored more than 150 articles and book chapters, and his work frequently appears in leading international law, medical and health policy publications.

“David’s vast scholarship in health law and policy continues to be highly influential in multiple fields,” said M. Elizabeth Magill, Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and Dean of Stanford Law School. “His exceptional ability to bridge complex legal and scientific concepts is an ideal complement to Stanford’s rich tradition of interdisciplinary study and is a tremendous asset to our students and faculty. We are very excited that David has joined the SLS community.”

Before joining SLS, Professor Studdert was on the faculty at University of Melbourne and the Harvard School of Public Health. He has also worked as a policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, a policy advisor to the Minister for Health in Australia and a practicing attorney.

“David is a wonderful colleague, as I know from our past collaborations on health policy research projects,” said Deborah Hensler, Judge John W. Ford Professor of Dispute Resolution and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies at SLS. “His policy analysis experience and health law expertise will contribute significantly to our new public policy initiative and ‎his international perspective is icing on the cake.”

“I am absolutely delighted to have David as a colleague,” said Daniel Kessler, SLS Professor of Law. “He is an internationally-known scholar with broad interests in law and public health. This is a huge win for the Law School.”

Professor Studdert’s research has addressed the full spectrum of health law and policy, including the performance of the medical liability system, conflicts of interest in medical research, informed consent and the regulation of nursing homes.

“David is one of the foremost health law scholars and he will help build and strengthen collaborations between the School of Medicine and Law School,” said Douglas Owens, Henry J. Kaiser, Jr. Professor, and Director of the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research at Stanford School of Medicine and of the Center for Health Policy at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. “We look forward to working with our colleagues in the Law School who have interests in health policy.”

Professor Studdert received the Alice S. Hersh New Investigator Award from AcademyHealth, the leading organization for health services and health policy research in the United States, in 2004. He was awarded a Federation Fellowship in 2006 and a Laureate Fellowship in 2011 by the Australian Research Council. He holds a law degree from University of Melbourne and a doctoral degree in health policy and public health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the SLS faculty,” said Professor Studdert. “It’s a remarkable faculty full of scholars whose work I admire. I’m excited about the prospect of learning from them, and forging new research collaborations here. I’m also looking forward to engaging with Stanford Law students.”

About Stanford Law School Stanford Law School (www.law.stanford.edu) is one of the nation’s leading institutions for legal scholarship and education. Its alumni are among the most influential decision makers in law, politics, business, and high technology. Faculty members argue before the Supreme Court, testify before Congress, produce outstanding legal scholarship and empirical analysis, and contribute regularly to the nation’s press as legal and policy experts. Stanford Law School has established a new model for legal education that provides rigorous interdisciplinary training, hands-on experience, global perspective, and focus on public service, spearheading a movement for change.

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