Associate professor selected as Health Law Scholar

August 19, 2016 | News, UToday, Law
By Kirsten M. Winek

Elizabeth McCuskey, an associate professor at the UT College of Law, recently was selected as one of four 2016 Health Law Scholars by the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics and Saint Louis University Law School’s Center for Health Law Studies.

The society’s Health Law Scholars are chosen using blind selection by a nominating committee composed of nine health law and bioethics scholars from across the country. Scholars are selected based on the originality of their articles and likelihood of making a significant contribution to health law scholarship.



McCuskey will participate in Scholars Weekend in September and present her work to an audience of distinguished health law professors.

Her article is titled “Affordable Care Preemption.” The work “examines preemption doctrine in the light of health reform, focusing on the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance provisions,” McCuskey explained. “This project illuminates the novel ways that the Affordable Care Act deploys preemption and scrutinizes its implications for the development of preemption doctrine and the implementation of health reform.”

McCuskey joined the UT law faculty in 2012 to coordinate the college’s health law concentration and direct the University’s JD/MD and JD/MPH joint-degree programs. In particular, the new JD/MPH joint-degree program can be completed in three and a half to four years and offers graduates a unique, interdisciplinary perspective on law and its role in promoting public health.

Additionally, McCuskey teaches Civil Procedure, Jurisdiction, Health Law, and Food and Drug Law, and was the winner of the Beth Eisler First-Year Teaching Award in 2014.

“It is an honor to be named a 2016 Health Law Scholar,” McCuskey said. “I am thrilled that the nominating committee found ‘Affordable Care Preemption’ so promising, and I look forward to sharing my work with this esteemed group.”

“Health law is an extremely hot topic in legal education,” said Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Geoffrey Rapp. “Legal and compliance jobs in the health field represent a major growth area, and we’re lucky to have a rising star in the field like Professor McCuskey leading our interdisciplinary efforts in the area.”

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