Thursday, July 12, 2018

Solomon Center Fellows Receive Appointments

Four departing Solomon Center fellows and affiliated scholars have received academic or clinical teaching appointments at Northeastern University School of Law, Penn State Law, Columbia Law School, and University of Miami School of Law. The successful year continues the Center’s 100% placement record.

Lecturer in Law and Solomon Center Graduate Research Fellow Claudia Haupt, PhD, LLM, JSD, has joined the faculty of Northeastern University School of Law as an Associate Professor of Law and Political Science. At the Solomon Center, Haupt played a central role in organizing a major interdisciplinary project on “Law and the Opioid Crisis.” Students and faculty in this University-wide seminar co-authored articles that will be published in a special issue of the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics this summer. According to Haupt, “The collaborative spirit and interdisciplinary approach of this project has influenced my thinking about complex and pressing health law issues such as the opioid crisis, and I have taken away a deeper understanding of the cross-cutting nature of health law that will influence my scholarship going forward.” Haupt’s scholarship at the Solomon Center has focused on health law, professional services, and the First Amendment (Law, Religion, and Health in the United States).

Megan Wright ’16, PhD, JD, will join the faculties of both Penn State Law and Penn State College of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Law and an Assistant Professor of Medical Humanities and Public Health Sciences. For the past two years, Wright has served as both a Research Fellow and the Senior Advisor to the Center for the Advanced Study of Brain Injury Project at the Solomon Center. In these roles, Wright has supported student scholarship and has co-authored articles on disorders of consciousness and the related issues of guardianship (Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal), health care decision making (American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience), rights language (Brain Injury), and social integration (Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics). Wright reflects that “The Solomon Center and its affiliated faculty have been vital to my development as a legal scholar and bioethicist. With the additional training I’ve received throughout my fellowship, I’m prepared to succeed as an assistant professor of law and medicine.”

Solomon Center Distinguished Visiting Scholar Emily A. Benfer, JD, LLM, will join the Columbia Law School faculty as a Visiting Associate Clinical Professor of Law. Benfer’s work at the Solomon Center has focused on the Center’s Medical-Legal Partnerships. At Columbia, Benfer will develop an interprofessional health justice advocacy clinic, building on her work with the Solomon Center and her success founding the award-winning Health Justice Project at University of Chicago Loyola.

Former Solomon Center Executive Director Tamar Ezer, JD, LLM, will join the faculty of University of Miami School of Law where she will be the Associate Director, Lecturer in Law, and Practitioner-in-Residence with the law school’s Human Rights Clinic. While at YLS, Ezer spearheaded the Center’s national convening of Medical-Legal Partnership experts, which also led to the development of a special issue of the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics on this topic. Her scholarship has focused on palliative care as a human right (Journal of Pain and Symptom Management), health care and human rights for marginalized populations (Health Economics, Policy and Law; Journal of Human Rights Practice), and the intersection of health care and torture (Torture in Healthcare Settings: Reflections on the Special Rapporteur on Torture’s 2013 Thematic Report). Ezer reflects, "The Solomon Center has highlighted for me the important role an academic institution can serve in developing a vibrant intellectual community; bridging local, national, and global conversations; and connecting practice to research and reflection. These are goals I will be taking with me to Miami."

“We are so proud of these four groundbreaking scholars,” said Solomon Center Faculty Director and Professor of Law Abbe R. Gluck ’00. “Each has played an instrumental role at the Solomon Center and we will forever be grateful for their work with us and our students. We look forward to watching them flourish as the next generation of leading health law academics.”