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New Director Takes the Helm of Nationally-Ranked Health Law Institute

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Professor Thaddeus Pope has joined the School of Law as director of the nationally-ranked Health Law Institute. Pope comes to Hamline from Widener University School of Law. His research focuses on end-of-life medicine, bioethics, internal dispute resolution, public health law, and torts. He also authors a blog on medical futility, reporting and discussing legislative, judicial, regulatory, medical, and other developments concerning medical futility and end-of-life medical treatment conflict.

“We have outstanding curriculum and a great Hamline team in place, along with extraordinary relationships in the health law community, both locally and nationally,” Pope said. “With this kind of foundation, we’re able to hit the ground running and continue to serve both our students and the health law community while doing very meaningful work along the way."

Pope has also served at the Albany Medical College and the University of Memphis. Prior to joining academia, he practiced at Arnold & Porter LLP and clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He earned a J.D. and Ph.D. in philosophy and bioethics from Georgetown University and a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh.

“We are truly excited about the arrival of Thad Pope and believe he has the ideal background to lead the Health Law Institute in this next exciting phase of its development,” School of Law Dean Donald Lewis said.

The Health Law Institute was established in 2006 to bridge the gap between health law scholarship and policy through engagement, collaboration, and innovation; to serve as a regional forum for addressing issues in health law and policy; and to provide programs, training, and educational opportunities for future health law leaders. The institute has earned a national reputation in health law – recently ranked as one of the top 20 health law programs by U. S. News & World Report.

Pope assumed his new role at Hamline in mid-January and succeeds founding director Lucinda Jesson who last year was appointed to Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton’s cabinet as director of the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

"This is a wonderful time to come to Hamline," Pope said. "I feel very fortunate that I will have the opportunity to benefit from all the tremendous work done by Lucinda Jesson and her team.”