• Faculty

    Accomplished health law faculty challenge and encourage you to reach your professional goals

    HLI faculty members share their expertise in health care compliance, health care organization and finance, quality of care and liability, bioethics, genetics and medicine, governance and ethics, public health law, and health information privacy.

    Health Law Faculty

    Thaddeus Pope
    Director of the Health Law Institute, Associate Professor of Law

    Courses Taught: Medical Law at the End of Life; Health Law: Quality of Care and Liability; Health Law: Organization and Finance; Torts

    Research Interests: Medical futility and other legal obstacles to good end-of-life care; Internal Dispute Resolution mechanisms in healthcare, particularly ethics committees; Tort Law, particularly consent and the assumption of risk doctrine; Public Health Law, particularly the legitimacy of restricting voluntary self-regarding conduct; Normative Jurisprudence, particularly the justifiability of hard paternalism

    JD, Georgetown; PhD, Georgetown; BA, University of Pittsburgh

    Barbara Colombo
    Director of the Health Care Compliance Program, Senior Fellow

    Courses Taught: Health Care Compliance Institute; Health Care Compliance Laws and Regulations; Compliance Skills: Auditing, Investigating, and Reporting; Health Law: Quality of Care and Liability; Elder Law; Health Law Externship

    JD, William Mitchell College of Law; RN, College of St. Teresa (Winona, Minn.)

    Jonathan Kahn
    Professor of Law

    Courses Taught: Law and Bioethics; Genetics Seminar; Public Health Law & Ethics; Constitutional Law; Torts

    PhD, Cornell; JD, California-Berkeley; BA, Yale

    Laura Hermer
    Associate Professor of Law

    Courses Taught: Health Care Organization and Finance; Reproductive Rights Seminar; Current Topics in Bioethics Seminar; Torts

    JD, Northeastern University School of Law; LLM (health law), University of Houston Law Center; BA, Hampshire College

    Jean Holloway
    Professor of Law
    Dean, Hamline University School of Law

    JD, University of Chicago; MBA, University of Chicago 

    Lucinda Jesson 
    Currently on leave, serving as the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services

    JD, University of Pennsylvania Law School; BA, University of Arkansas

    Clinic Faculty

    Meghan Scully JD '11
    Staff Attorney, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Inc.

    JD, Hamline University School of Law

    Affiliate Faculty

    Adjunct Faculty & Guest Presenters

    The Health Law Institute also engages industry professionals and visiting scholars to teach or present in courses. These instructors and presenters bring their experience, practical knowledge, and expertise to students.

    Adjunct Faculty

    • Sandra Andreini, In-House Counsel, HealthPartners, Inc.
      Course Taught: Health Reform: Insurance Plans, Exchanges, and Mandates
    • Thomas Beimers, Special Counsel, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
      Course Taught: Health Reform: A New Age of Regulatory Enforcement
    • Brian Beutner, Chair, Board of Directors, MNsure
      Course Taught: Business of Health Care: Managed Care and Beyond
    • Isaac Buck, Professor of Law, Mercer University School of Law
      Course Taught: Fraud & Abuse
    • George Chresand, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Fairview Health Services
      Courses Taught: Health Care Credentialing and Privileging, Health Care Mergers and Acquisitions
    • Lindsay Davis, Access to Justice Director, Minnesota State Bar Association
      Course Taught: Health Law Clinic
    • Ross C. D’Emanuele, Partner, Dorsey and Whitney
      Courses Taught: Medicare for Lawyers
    • Nanette Elster, Vice President, Spence & Elster, PC; Lecturer, Neiswanger Institute
      Course Taught: Assisted Reproductive Technologies
    • Nancy Evert, Deputy General Counsel, Care Group, HealthPartners
      Course Taught: Governance & Ethics in Health Care Compliance
    • Mark Gardner, Associate Attorney, DuVal & Associates, P.A.
      Course Taught: Food and Drug Law
    • Marlene Garvis, Partner, Jardine, Logan & O’Brien
      Course Taught: Medical Malpractice: Theory & Practice
    • Deb Gerardi, President & Chief Creative Officer, EHCCO
      Courses Taught: Strategic Management of Conflict in Health Care: Using Coaching to Improve Patient Safety and Interprofessional Teamwork
    • David Graham, Senior Counsel, Dykema Gossett PLLC
      Courses Taught: Food and Drug Law
    • Keith Halleland, Shareholder, Halleland Habicht, PA
      Course Taught: Compliance Skills: Auditing, Investigating, and Reporting
    • Peter Hofrenning, Associate Counsel, HealthPartners
      Course Taught: Health Law Externship
    • Joan Humes, Vice President & Deputy General Counsel for Litigation & Investigations, Medtronic
      Course Taught: Health Care Fraud and Abuse
    • Nancy Husnik, Senior Counsel, Target Corporation
      Course Taught: Food Law
    • Gina Kastel, Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
      Courses Taught: Health Reform: A New Age of Regulatory Enforcement, HIPAA Privacy
    • Susan Kratz, Attorney, Moore, Costello & Hart, PLLP
      Courses Taught: Governance and Ethics in Health Care Compliance
    • Barbara Lindberg, Lead Nurse Planner, OptumHealth Education
      Courses Taught: Mental Health Law
    • Janet Newberg, Owner/Attorney, Newberg Law Office
      Courses Taught: Health Care Fraud and Abuse
    • Marcia Miller, Attorney, Sieben, Grose, Von Holtum & Carey, LTD
      Courses Taught: Bioethics and the Law
    • Jennifer O’Brien, Chief Compliance Officer, Government Programs, UnitedHealthcare
      Courses Taught: Compliance Skills: Auditing, Investigating, and Reporting
    • Lori Oleson, Director, Government Programs Compliance & Quality, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
      Courses Taught: Compliance Skills: Auditing, Investigating, and Reporting
    • David Orbuch, Executive Vice President, Optum
      Courses Taught: Governance and Ethics in Health Care Compliance
    • Mary Prentnieks, Sr. Dir. Assoc. General Counsel, Medica Health Plans
      Courses Taught: HIPAA Privacy
    • Vernellia Randall, Visiting Distinguished Professor of Law; Professor of Law, University of Dayton School of Law
      Course Taught: Race, Health Care, and the Law
    • Marc Raspanti, Partner, Pietragallo, Gordon, Alfano, Bosick & Raspanti, LLP
      Courses Taught: Drugs, Devices, and the False Claims Act
    • Susan Schaffer, Attorney, Private Practice
      Course Taught: Health Law Clinic
    • Suzanne M. Scheller, Counselor at Law, Scheller Legal Solutions LLC
      Course Taught: Elder Law
    • Patti Skoglund, Partner, Jardine, Logan & O’Brien
      Courses Taught: Medical Malpractice: Theory and Practice
    • Steven Snyder, Owner/Director, International Assisted Reproduction Center
      Courses Taught: Assisted Reproductive Technology and the Law
    • Tobi Tanzer, Vice President, Integrity, Compliance Officer & Privacy Officer, HealthPartners, Inc.
      Courses Taught: HIPAA Privacy
    • Paul Torgerson, Partner in Health Group, Dorsey & Whitney, LLP
      Courses Taught: Health Care Mergers and Acquisitions
    • Stacey Tovino, Professor of Law, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada
      Courses Taught: Elder Law, Comparative Health Law, Complementary & Alternative Medicine, HIPAA Privacy, Mental Health Law, Patients' Rights, Quality of Care & Liability, Bioethics
    • Barbara Tretheway, Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Office, Health Partners
      Course Taught: Governance & Ethics in Health Care Compliance
    • Judith Walker, Vice President for Internal Audit, Risk Management & Consumer Affairs, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of MN
      Courses Taught: Governance and Ethics in Health Care Compliance
    • Gerald Wilhelm, Assistant United States Attorney, U.S. Dept. of Justice
      Courses Taught: Health Care Fraud and Abuse
    • Susan Zwaschka, Former General Counsel, Vice President, & Chief Compliance Officer of major health services provider
      Courses Taught: Governance and Ethics in Health Care Compliance

    Guest Presenters

    • Marie Anderson, Employee Assistance Program Counselor, Medtronic, Inc.
    • Michael Benson, The Benson Bjorklund Group, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
    • Doug Blanke, Director, Public Health Law Center, William Mitchell College of Law
    • Brian Bjorklund, The Benson Bjorklund Group, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
    • Patricia Bower-Jernigan, Director, Allina Hospitals and Clinics
    • Gail Brandt, Shareholder, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
    • Pamela Brecht, Special Counsel, Pietragallo, Gordon, Alfano, Bosick & Raspanti, LLC
    • Heidi Neff Christianson, Partner, Moore, Costello & Hart PLLP
    • Sara DeSanto, Compliance Officer, University of Minnesota Physicians
    • David Edgerton, IT Business Engagement, National Marrow Donor Program
    • Ruth Flynn, Associate General Counsel, University of Minnesota Physicians
    • Richard Ostrom, Title, WayPoint, Inc.
    • Daniel Roach, Chief Compliance Officer, General Counsel, Optum 360; Co-Chair, Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics
    • Laura Zdychnec, Attorney, Long Reher Hanson