May 22, 2006

Professor Sharona Hoffman named co-director, professor Jessica Berg named associate director of Case School of Law’s Law-Medicine Center

Sharona Hoffman
Sharona Hoffman

Sharona Hoffman, professor of law and bioethics at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law has been appointed co-director of the school’s Law-Medicine Center. Jessica Berg, professor of law and bioethics, has been named associate director of the center.

“It is a pleasure to announce these appointments,” said Gerald Korngold, dean and McCurdy Professor of Law. “Professors Hoffman and Berg are first-rate scholars in the field of law and bioethics, and both have made important contributions to the Law-Medicine Center.”

“Having Professor Hoffman as co-director, and Professor Berg as associate director, will greatly enhance the scope of the center’s research,” said Maxwell Mehlman, Arthur E. Petersilge Professor of Law, professor of bioethics and director of the Law-Medicine Center. “They are both participating in important NIH-funded research which will significantly advance our understanding of the law in these areas.”

Jessica Berg
Jessica Berg

Hoffman previously was associate director of the center, while Berg had been a member of the center’s faculty. Both are nationally recognized experts in law and bioethics who have published and given numerous presentations on the subjects.

Founded in 1953 the Law-Medicine Center is the oldest law school-based center for the study of legal medicine and health law in the United States. It tied for fifth in the 2006 U.S. News and World Report rankings of health law programs, and has always placed among the top ten in the country since the rankings began.

Hoffman joined the Case School of Law faculty in 1999 as an assistant professor. She was named associate professor of law and bioethics in 2003 and professor in 2005. A former senior trial attorney with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, she is the author of more than 25 articles and papers and holds a B.A. from Wellesley College, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and an LL.M. in health law from the University of Houston Law Center. In 2005 she was honored for excellence in research and scholarship by Case’s Flora Stone Mather Center for Women.

Berg came to the Case Law School faculty in 1999 after serving as the director of academic affairs and secretary of the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs, and section director of professionalism at the American Medical Association. Before that she was a Scholar in Excellence at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and a Fellow at the Center for Biomedical Ethics and the Institute for Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. She has also been an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago Law School and Northwestern University Law School. Berg has published widely and coauthored a book, Informed Consent: Legal Theory and Clinic Practice (Oxford, 2001). She holds a B.A. from Cornell University and a J.D. from Cornell Law School.

For more information: Jeff Bendix 216-368-6070.

Posted by: Kevin Adams, May 22, 2006 03:35 PM | News Topics: HeadlinesMain

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