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The Health Law & Policy Brief is a bi-annual publication at American University Washington College of Law that focuses on emerging issues of health law.

The Health Law and Policy Brief is excited to partner with the Human Rights Brief for a special COVID-19 summer edition.

We are collecting student and practitioner articles that are eight to fifteen pages, double spaced.

If you have written a COVID-19 related piece and would like it to be considered for publication, please email your article to [email protected] and [email protected]. Submissions open today, May 18th, and run through June 15th.

Even if you are not interested in submitting a piece for publication, please consider getting involved with this special edition. Spading will be a great summer opportunity that allows you to become more familiar with current legal topics and COVID-19 challenges as well as getting you more involved with these brief. If you are interested in spading for this edition, please email [email protected] and [email protected] to let us know.

Volume 14.2 is now available on our website. Please read our newest publication.

The Health Law and Policy Brief stands in solidarity with BLSA and members of our community impacted the the former SBA President's statements. WCL BLSA

Please welcome our 2020-2021 Executive Board!

Our friends from AUBLR are hosting this amazing conference next Monday, March 9. I encourage you to attend!

Please join If/When/How and WCL students to rally for reproductive justice, third party standing, and the future of medical practice. Meet us and fellow students on March 3rd at 5pm in the Commons to strategize and make posters. Then, meet at Georgetown Law at 8am on March 4th for a quick breakfast and to walk over to the Supreme Court. This case has broad implications for health policy, so we hope to see you there!

Attention! The due date for Executive Board applications has been extended to March 1.


Our newest round of blog posts have been published on our website. Check them out!

If you haven't already, apply for the Health Law and Policy Brief Executive Board. Applications are due by 2/15!

Hi Health Law and Policy Briefers! Join our friends from WCL If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice for a Pal-entine's Day mixer with individuals from the local DC reproductive justice community at 5:30pm at Johnny Pistolas (2333 18th St NW)! The evening will be brimming with coalition building, friendship, and solidarity as we prepare for big battles ahead, like the March 4th oral arguments for June Medical Services, LLC v. Gee. A portion of mixer purchases will be donated to DC Abortion Fund! Bring your best pals and come show your love for reproductive justice! Anyone is welcome to attend!

Interested in joining the Health Law and Policy Brief Executive Board? See attached flyer for details!


The Health Law and Policy Brief is pleased to announce that our newest publication is now available! Click below to read our current issue.


Our newest blog posts have been posted. Check them out!


The Health Law and Policy Brief's newest round of blog posts have been posted. Take a look!

Hey everyone! If/When/How and ACS are hosting an incredible event on Tuesday at noon in Y116. June v. Gee would have dramatic implications for constitutional law and health law and policy.

[10/13/19]   Hi everyone! This is a friendly reminder that there are two great events this week. The first is the externship fair on Wednesday, October 16 starting at 4pm. The next is the health law happy hour on Thursday at 7pm at Tenley Bar and Grill. We would love to see you at both!

Two exciting reminders:
The first is that the Next Steps in Health Reform Conference is this Thursday and Friday. This event is free to students, but registration is required.
Next, HLPB is co-hosting a Health Law Happy Hour with HLPSA next Thursday, 10/17. It's at 7pm at Tenley Bar and Grill!

The Externship Office is organizing a mini job fair on October 16, 2019 4:30-6:30 in Claudio Grossman Hall. This event is specifically designed for students interested in pursuing a career in Business, Tax, Finance, Health, Intellectual Property, & Communications Law. To register, please visit

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The Health Law and Policy Brief is excited to announce its 2019-2020 members! Welcome to our newest members, and welcome back to our returning staffers. It's going to be a great year.

Several Big Drug Companies Considering Massive Settlements To Resolve Opioid Suits Purdue Pharma, Johnson & Johnson and other health care giants are discussing potential deals with authorities that could resolve thousands of lawsuits they're facing over the U.S. opioid epidemic.

Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $572 Million in Landmark Opioid Trial The first case against a drug manufacturer for the national public health disaster may indicate what lies ahead in 2,000 more lawsuits.

Join the Health Law and Policy Brief for the 2019-2020 school year

Pleased to welcome our 2019-2020 Health Law & Policy Brief Executive Board!

Health Law & Policy Brief's cover photo

Please Join us at our Symposium- "Health Law 101: Hot Topics and Careers" on March 19th from 12-2pm in YT17. We look forward to seeing you there!

The FDA and Insulin: Biologic and Biosimilar Pricing

Interested in biosimilars? Read our latest blog "The FDA and Insulin: Biologic and Biosimilar Pricing" by Elizabeth Raterman here: #hlpb #FDA #diabetes

Please enjoy the most recent issue of the Health Law & Policy Brief:

23&you – Warrantless Searches of Familial DNA

What can the government do with your DNA? Read our newest blog post "23&you – Warrantless Searches of Familial DNA" by Alycia Hogenmiller here: American University Washington College of Law Health Law and Policy Brief

Interested in a career in health law? Join the Health Law & Policy Students Association tomorrow at 6:30 pm in Y403 for the fall Health Law Career Panel.

Please enjoy the most recent issue of the Health Law & Policy Brief

Do you plan to pursue a career in Health Law? On Wednesday, October 3, 2018, the Externship Program at WCL is hosting a specialized externship fair which allows students to meet with attorneys working specifically in the areas in which they want to practice. Registration is required!

Coffee must carry cancer warning, California judge rules in tentative decision

Are you from California? If you go home and see one of these warning labels, share a photo and let us know! Judge Elihu Berle based his decision on a state law that requires businesses with at least 10 employees to notify Californians about chemical exposure that can cause cancer and birth defects, report the Associated Press, the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.

[04/07/18]   Apply for the Health Law & Policy Brief Executive Board!

Interested students need to submit a cover letter and resumé to [email protected].

The Editor-in-Chief will be responsible for soliciting articles, working with the publisher/printer, communicating with faculty advisers, meeting with the ExecutiveBoard on a regular basis, and ensuring the smooth running of HLPB. The Editor-in-Chief will oversee all functions of HLPB and having final decision-making authority in all matters. The Editor-in-Chief establishes a production schedule in coordination with the Executive Editor, and establishes a blog schedule in coordination with the Managing Editor. The Editor-in-Chief can issue or withdraw an offer of publication to an author, including student authors, reject an article for publication, and extend an offer of admission to a new member.

Executive Editor:
The Executive Editor is in charge of final edits before the Editor-in-Chief submits an issue for final publication. The Executive Editor enforces deadlines for staff members, grants deadline extensions, and establishes a production schedule in coordination with the Editor-in-Chief. The Executive Editor enforces warnings and demerits. The Executive Editor oversees the Article Editors and works with Article Editors directly to ensure that spading and first line edits are on schedule. The Executive Editor is also the liaison to the Student Bar Association (“SBA”).

Managing Editor:
The Managing Editor oversees the blog component of the HLPB, including creating a blogger schedule, proofreading and giving final approval to the blogs to be posted on the HLPB’s website. The Managing Editor works with the ExecutiveEditor on the budget, manages online subscriptions to the HLPB, and generally oversees staff members.

Article Editors (4):
Performs technical and line edits of articles, notes, and comments; completes other projects as necessary; develops solicitation programs for obtaining quality outside articles and critical essays. They organize source folders for assigned articles. You will receive no more than one article per semester, and hopefully only one in an academic year.

Symposium Director:
The Symposia Director is the liaison to the Health Law and Policy Students Association (“HLPSA”). The Symposium Director works to sponsor or co-sponsor health law related events both on campus at WCL and in the local community. The Symposium Director is responsible for organizing at least one symposia sponsored by HLPB, or co-sponsoring at least one symposia with another WCL brief, journal, or student organization. The Symposium Director works with the Marketing Director to publicize the publication, specific issues, articles, and blogs, and works with HLPSA and the Marketing Director to put on events of interest for health law students. The Symposium Director may also be a blogger, or an Article Editor.

Marketing Director:
The Marketing Director is responsible for running HLPB’s presence on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and any other social media accounts deemed appropriate for the HLPB by the Executive Board. The Social Media Director works with the Managing Editor to facilitate online subscriptions to the HLPB, publicize both the HLPB generally at health law related events at WCL and in the DC legal community, and publicizes the symposium and other events as necessary. With the Symposium Director, the Marketing Director is a liaison to the HLPSA and any other health law related student organizations at WCL.

Membership on the HLPB Executive Board provides both leadership and editorial experience while allowing students with an interest in healthcare to expand their base of health law knowledge. Also, it is an easy way to strengthen your resume! You can apply for as many positions as you like; just indicate a preference order in your cover letter. Even if you don’t feel like you have the experience necessary to apply for a position, we strongly encourage you to apply anyway; we can train you and make sure that you are well prepared.

Please email your resume and cover letter to
[email protected].

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