Health Law Faculty
The health law program is led by John D. Lyons Professor of Law Roy Spece. Spece is a nationally-recognized expert in bioethics, medical malpractice, conflicts of interest, professional licensure, and litigation around medical products. His experience includes work on the contaminated blood litigation, which affected thousands of patients. His publications include Bioethics and Law: Cases, Materials, and Problems (M. Shapiro, R. Spece, et al. eds., 2d ed., Thomson/West Publishing Company 2003); and Conflicts of Interest in Clinical Research and Practice (R. Spece, D. Shimm, and A. Buchanan eds., Oxford University Press 1996). He is a former chairman of the Law & Medicine Section of the American Association of Law Schools.
Professor Tara Sklar, an expert in health law and aging law and public policy, oversees the college's fully online Graduate Certificates in Health Law. The graduate certificates are the result of an innovative multidisciplinary collaboration with the Colleges of Pharmacy, Public Health, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Management and an industry leader in regulatory science, the Critical Path Institute.
The faculty is complemented by a world-class group of professors of the practice, including Tracy Nuckolls, who for years was the general counsel for a major metropolitan hospital, a position that allowed him to develop a sophisticated knowledge about the entire range of health law transactions, including creation of institutional insurance companies.
The core faculty is complemented by a wide range of other professors that teach relevant courses, including:
- Ellen Bublick (a leading scholar on tort law, who has also taught a course in “Poverty, Law, and Health”),
- Jane Bambauer (a privacy law and First Amendment expert),
- Derek Bambauer (technology and IP), and
- Barak Orbach (antitrust).
The University of Arizona is an excellent place to study health law, given that it has an academic hospital, a world-class research enterprise, and faculty in a wide range of disciplines. For examples of faculty strength elsewhere in the university: philosopher Michael Gill is a leading bioethicist; sociologist Robin Stryker is a leading scholar of law, science, and public health; and Leila Barraza is an expert in law and public health. The College of Law has a very open policy for cross-registering for courses across the university.