The health law section at AALS put on a truly outstanding program. Jennifer Bard posted on the speakers and topics here, and I’d wanted to do a post reporting on the program. But there was so much there that I’ll try to draft a post on each speaker, or at least a column from the Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics that reflects her or his approach. Fortunately, as Bard reported, “the Indiana University Robert H. Mckinney School of Law’s Health Law Review has agreed to print pieces about these programs as well as the proceedings of the panel in a Spring 2012 volume.”
The first speaker was Prof. Charity Scott, Catherine C. Henson Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Law, Health & Society at Georgia State University College of Law. Her presentation, “Collaborating with the Real World: Opportunities for Developing Skills and Values in Health Law,” was a terrific mix of high level observation, on-the-ground experiences, practical examples from her own health law program, and articles she edited as editor of the Teaching Health Law column of the JLME. Scott noted that experiential learning can happen in time slots ranging from an hour to a day to a semester or year, so any committed professional can fit some opportunities into their schedule at some point. She particularly focused on how students could help attorneys, doctors, and community members solve pressing problems. In coming weeks, I’ll blog on some of the particular programs she mentioned.