Saint Louis University

Health Law Reform: The Act, Decision and Election

Paul Starr - Keynote SpeakerPaul Starr
Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs,
Stuart Professor of Communications and Public Affairs,
Princeton University

Paul Starr is professor of sociology and public affairs at Princeton University. At Princeton he holds the Stuart Chair in Communications and Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School. He received the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction and Bancroft Prize in American History for The Social Transformation of American Medicine and the 2005 Goldsmith Book Prize for The Creation of the Media. His most recent book is Remedy and Reaction: The Peculiar American Struggle over Health Care Reform (2011).

Professor Starr has written extensively on American society, politics, and public policy. In 1990, with Robert Kuttner and Robert Reich, he co-founded The American Prospect, a liberal magazine about politics, policy, and ideas. He set out his interpretation of liberalism and its history in a 2007 book, Freedom's Power.

Another book by Professor Starr, The Logic of Health-Care Reform (1992, reissued in a revised and expanded edition in 1994) laid out the case for a system of universal health insurance and managed competition. During 1993 he served as a senior advisor at the White House in the formulation of the Clinton health plan.

Brietta R. ClarkBrietta Clark
Professor of Law
Loyola Law School Los Angeles

Professor Clark teaches several health care law courses, administrative law, and business associations, and she remains active in the health law community through her service to legal, medical and consumer-based organizations and providers. Clark's research focuses on the structural defects and biases that create inequity in our health care delivery and financing systems, and the important role that law and government regulators play in ensuring equitable access to health care resources. Prior to joining Loyola in 2001, Clark worked in the Los Angeles office of Sidley, Austin, Brown & Wood as an associate specializing in health care transactions and fraud. She was a post-graduate research fellow at the University of Southern California Law School, and, while in law school, Clark interned at the National Health Law Program in Los Angeles.

Thomas L. GreaneyThomas Greaney
Co-Director, Center for Health Law Studies
Chester A. Myers Professor of Law
Saint Louis University School of Law

A nationally recognized expert on health care and antitrust law, Professor Thomas (Tim) Greaney has spent the last two decades examining the evolution of the health care industry and is a vocal advocate for reforming the health care system and protecting consumers. He also has a strong interest in comparative antitrust law, having been a Fulbright Scholar in Brussels and a visiting lecturer at several European law schools.

After graduating from Harvard Law School, Greaney began his career as a legislative assistant on Capitol Hill and as a law clerk with the Federal Communications Commission. He then moved on to the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice where he was a trial attorney and became the assistant chief in charge of antitrust matters in health care. His career at Justice spanned ten years and involved him in civil and criminal antitrust litigation in health care, banking, communications and other regulated industries as well as policy formulation and legislative matters.

Greaney came to SLU LAW in 1987 after completing two fellowships and a visiting professorship at Yale Law School. Professor Greaney became Chester A. Myers Professor of Law in 2004 and was named Health Law Teacher of the Year by the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics in 2007.

In addition to his extensive scholarly writing on health care and antitrust laws for legal and health policy journals, Professor Greaney has authored or co-authored several books, including the leading health care casebook, Health Law. A frequent speaker in academia and the media, Professor Greaney has also offered expert testimony at hearings sponsored by the Federal Trade Commission on the issues of applying competition law and policy to health care, and submitted invited testimony to the U.S. Senate on competition policy and health care reform.

Mark HallMark Hall
Fred D. & Elizabeth L. Turnage Professor of Law
Wake Forest University School of Law

Mark Hall is one of the nation's leading scholars in the areas of health care law and policy and medical and bioethics. The author or editor of fifteen books, including Making Medical Spending Decisions (Oxford University Press), and Health Care Law and Ethics (Aspen), he is currently engaged in research in the areas of consumer-driven health care, doctor/patient trust, insurance regulation, and genetics. He has published scholarship in the law reviews at Berkeley, Chicago, Duke, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Stanford, and his articles have been reprinted in a dozen casebooks and anthologies. Mark also teaches in the MBA program at the Babcock School and is on the research faculty at Wake Forest's Medical School. He regularly consults with government officials, foundations and think tanks about health care public policy issues.


Timothy S. JostTimothy Jost
Robert L. Willett Family Professor of Law
Washington and Lee University School of Law

Timothy Stoltzfus Jost, J.D., is a professor of law at the Washington and Lee University School of Law. He is a coauthor of a casebook, Health Law, used widely throughout the United States in teaching health law and now in its sixth edition. He has written numerous monographs on legal issues in health care reform for national organizations and blogs regularly for Health Affairs on regulatory issues. He is a consumer representative to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and a member of the Institute of Medicine.

Susan Nestor LevySusan Nestor Levy
Executive Vice President, Ascension Health Alliance
President and CEO, Ascension Health Global Mission

Susan Nestor Levy serves as the Executive Vice President, Ascension Health Alliance, and President and CEO, Ascension Health Global Mission. Ms. Levy has responsibility for international mission outreach efforts by Ascension Health Alliance that are designed to improve the health and living status of targeted global populations. She previously served as Chief Advocacy Officer for Ascension Health and Executive Director of Seton Institute.
As the Chief Advocacy Officer at Ascension Health and Executive Director of Ascension Health's international ministry, Seton Institute, Ms. Levy oversaw one of the three parts of Ascension Health's Call to Action, "Healthcare That Leaves No One Behind," which frames Ascension Health's commitment to the most vulnerable with a 2020 goal of 100% access and 100% coverage. She also operated a legislative and public policy office in Washington, D.C., and oversaw Ascension Health's national access catalyst role to expand access in community collaboratives in 19 states and Washington, D.C.

Prior to joining Ascension Health, Ms. Levy served as the Executive Director of Policy in the Office of Policy and Representation for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association in Washington, D.C. As Executive Director, she was responsible for formulating the Association's national policy on healthcare legislation. Prior to joining the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Ms. Levy served as the Medicare Part A legislative and policy expert to the United States Senate Committee on Finance. During this tenure, Ms. Levy was one of a small number of health staff to the U.S. Congress during the historic Clinton health reform debate. Ms. Levy received a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind., and holds a master's of hospital and health services administration degree from Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Mo.

Sara RosenbaumSara Rosenbaum
Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy, School of Public Health and Health Services;
Professor of Law, Law School;
The George Washington University

Sara Rosenbaum J.D. is the Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy and Founding Chair of the Department of Health Policy, George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. She also holds a Professorship by Courtesy in the GW Law School and is a member of the faculty of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

A graduate of Wesleyan University and Boston University Law School, Professor Rosenbaum has devoted her professional career to issues of health justice for populations who are medically underserved as a result of race, poverty, disability, or cultural exclusion. An honored teacher and scholar, a highly popular speaker, and a widely read writer on many aspects of health law and policy, Professor Rosenbaum has emphasized public engagement as a core element of her professional life, providing public service to six Presidential Administrations and fifteen Congresses since 1977. Professor Rosenbaum is best known for her work on the expansion of Medicaid, the expansion of community health centers, patients' rights in managed care, civil rights and health care, and national health reform. Between 1993 and 1994, she worked for President Clinton, directing the drafting of the Health Security Act and designing the Vaccines for Children program, which offers near-universal coverage of vaccines for low income and medically underserved children. Professor Rosenbaum also regularly advises state governments on health policy matters and has served as a testifying expert in legal actions involving the rights of children under Medicaid.

Professor Rosenbaum is the leading author of Law and the American Health Care System, 2d ed., published by Foundation Press, May, 2012, a landmark textbook that provides an in-depth exploration of the interaction of American law and the U.S. health care system. She has received national awards for her work, serves on governmental advisory committees, private organizational and foundation boards, and is a past Chair of AcademyHealth. She is a member of the CDC Director's Advisory Committee, the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP), and a Commissioner on the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC), which advises Congress on federal Medicaid policy.

Sidney D. WatsonSidney Watson
Professor of Law
Saint Louis University School of Law

Professor Watson is a specialist in health law and health care access for the poor. She has spent her legal career advocating on behalf of low-income people, both as a legal services lawyer and as a law professor.

From 1977 to 1981, Professor Watson was director of clinical education at Tulane University School of Law. She founded both Tulane's Law Clinic and its Trial Advocacy program. From 1980 to 1987, Watson was a legal services lawyer in Louisiana and Alaska. In Louisiana, she served as managing and senior attorney in the health, welfare and elderly units of the New Orleans Legal Assistance Corporation. She was also director of the Farmworkers Legal Assistance Project, a statewide legal services program representing migrant and seasonal farm workers. She spent three years in Dillingham, Alaska, as the supervising attorney of the Alaska Legal Services Corporation Bristol Bay office, a circuit riding through 32 native villages throughout southwest Alaska.

Currently, Professor Watson is advocating for improved access to Medicaid services for people with disabilities and others. She received a grant from the Missouri Protection and Advocacy Service, the Missouri Planning Council on Development Disabilities and the Southern Disability Law Center to write An Advocate's Guide to Missouri MC+/ Medicaid for People with Disabilities, a reference guide for lawyers and other advocates.

Professor Watson joined the School of Law in 2001 as a full professor. Previously, she was on the faculty at Mercer University School of Law, where she taught for 14 years. Watson has been a visiting scholar and professor at Seton Hall University School of Law and Saint Louis University School of Law. She is on the faculty of the School's Center for Health Law Studies.

Professor Watson is a frequent speaker to consumer, disabilities rights and children's groups about Medicaid and access to care. She has written extensively on racial and ethnic disparities in health care, health reform, physicians and charity care, and health care for those who are homeless. She is editor of the book, Representing the Poor and Homeless: Innovations in Advocacy. She also authored three editions of the book, A Georgia Advocate's Guide to Health Care.

Professor Watson is a former member of the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty. She also served on the National Health Law Program Task Force on Civil Rights and Health Care Reform during the Clinton Health Reform Initiative.