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Learn more about current and past staff of the Saint Louis University Journal of Health Law and Policy and how you can join. 

Joining Staff

Election to the staff of the SLU Journal of Health Law and Policy is based on an application process and review that is conducted by the editorial board and faculty advisers in the spring semester each year.

To be eligible for the editorial staff:

  • Students must have completed two semesters of law school and both semesters of the legal research and writing course.
  • The Journal of Health Law and Policy will hold an orientation meeting each spring to review the application process with students interested in applying.
  • During the first year on the staff, each member is required to write a publishable paper on a health law topic and selected members' papers will be published.

Published Staff Members

Notes and comments from staff members have appeared in recent volumes of the journal.

Volume 17

Rachel N. Reeder -- EMTALA Preemption of State Laws Restricting Emergency Abortions

José M. Sandoval Jr. -- “The People” Getting Sick of Orders:  Legislative Vetoes and Checks and Balances

Madeline C. Tatro -- The Shifting Landscape of Substantive Due Process: Could  Dobbs  Pose a Threat to Contraceptive Rights?

Helen S. Webster -- The Future of Jacobson v. Massachusetts and Modern Substantive Due Process for Public Health Preparedness

Volume 16

Jemalyn A. Harvey -- Preventing Maternal Deaths: A Critical Feminist Approach to Maternal Mortality in the United States

Abigail Jaeger -- Inefficacy of the Transparency in Coverage Final Rule in Promoting Cost-Effective Choices

Alexandra M. Robbins -- Who Pays First?: Medicaid Third-Party Liability in Florida and Virginia’s Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Programs

Mary E. Quandt -- Making Rights Meaningful: Advocating for Simple Changes in Federal Agency Practice to Promote Health Equity

Volume 15

Hiba B. Al-Ramahi -- The Impact of Bostock v. Clayton County on Access to Health Care for LGBTQ Persons

Jessie L. Bekker -- Finding the Cluster: Balancing Privacy and Public Health Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Brenna M. Moreno -- “Woman Enough” to Win? An Analysis of Sex Testing in College Athletics

Michael J. Schellhous -- Improving Access to Emerging Lifesaving Drugs: Solving the Disclosure Problem Within the Patent Dance

Volume 14

Gabriella Garbero -- Rights Not Fundamental: Disability and the Right to Marry

Megan K. Hart -- Expanding Patient Access to Breast Cancer Genetic Testing Through Incentive Regimes

Anam A. Khan -- Enforcing the “Safe and Sanitary” Environment Standard Within U.S. Detention Facilities to Save Children’s Lives

Patrick Monahan -- The Legal and Ethical Considerations of the Posthumous Retrieval of Gametes

Volume 13

Allison Michelle Bowen -- The Importance of Standardized Data Collection and Reporting in Improving Medical Care for Immigration Detainees

Ashton K. Dietrich -- Hypothesizing a Small Opioid MDL Settlement: An Argument for Local Public Health Action and Lessons from Big Tobacco

Rachael Elyse Palmer -- Painfully Prescribed: Could Taking Opioids as Legal Treatment Result in Discrimination Uncovered by the ADA?

Kylie A. Thompson -- Taking the Politics Out of Vaccines: Increasing Vaccination Rates Without Repealing Exemptions

 Volume 12

Madhav Y. Bhatt -- A State’s Effort to Enhance Health Care: Empowering Pharmacists with Prescribing Authority

Colleen A. Kinsey -- Law Enforcement and Executive Order: Duplication in Missouri’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Lauren E. Pair -- Stretching Armstrong: How the Eighth Circuit Incorrectly Applied Supreme Court Precedent in Does v. Gillespie

Stephen M. Scannell -- Medical Marijuana and the ADA: Following the Path Blazed by State Courts to Extend Protection

Volume 11
  • Stefanie G. Brody - “Working Well(ness): The Impact of the ADA Final Rule on Wellness Program Regulation and a Proposal for a Zero Incentive Rule”
  • Jordan A. Butler - “Finding an Unlikely Combatant in the War Against Ransomware: The HIPAA Omnibus Amendments and Off-Site Data Backup”
  • Merlow M. Dunham - “Avoiding Sticker Shock: Legislative Approaches to Protect Consumers from Surprise Medical Bills”
  • Caitlan E. Grombka-Murphy - “Overlapping and Concurrent Surgeries: An Analysis of Informed Consent When There Is Incomplete Risk Information”
Volume 10
  • Molly Anderson - “Evidence-Based Public Health is the Answer to Increasing American Childhood Vaccination Rates, Not Legislative Fortitude”
  • Erin Grant - “Belling the Cat: Implementation of a Prospective Payment System of Reimbursement for Critical Access Hospitals, Its Likely Success, and Political Implications of this Policy”
  • Tyler Klein - “Antitrust Enforcement Against Pharmaceutical Product Hopping: Protecting Consumers or Reaching Too Far?”
  • Elizabeth Tucker - “Adding Insult to Injury: How the ACA’s “Fix” for Nursing Home Compare Staffing Data Misses the Mark”
Volume 9 
  • Maddie Bainer - “Mergers and Monopolies: An Examination of the Cyclical Effect of Anti-Competition and a Lack of Rate Regulation in Health Care”
  • Alex Dansicker - “Paying Docs for End-of-Life Discussions: Can Monetary Incentives Change the Failures Inherent with Physician-Patient Communications?”
  • Tyler Dinkelaker - “A False Sense of Safety: How the Drug Quality and Security Act Fails to Protect Patients from Harm”
  • Matt Westbrook - “Transforming the Physician's Standard of Care in the Context of Whole Genome Sequencing Technologies: Finding Guidance in Best Practice Standards”
Volume 8
  • Mayo Alao - “Thirty-Eight Years and Counting: The FDA’s Misuse of the 510(k) Notification Process and Consequent Under-Regulation of Implantable Medical Devices”
  • Kalle Elizabeth Deyette - “Hitech Act:  Building an Infrastructure for Health Information Organizations and a New Health Care Delivery System”
  • Peter J. Eggers - “Disclosure for Closure? Why the Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol Process Paired with the 60-Day Overpayment Rule Creates More Headaches Than Solutions”
  • Rachel A. Polzin - “Short-Stay, Under Observation, or Inpatient Admission?—How CMS’ Two Midnight Rule Creates More Confusion & Concern”