2012 Election Experts: Health Care


Lindsay Wiley – assistant professor of law

Expertise: health care policy, health care law's severability issue before the U.S. Supreme Court

Professor Wiley teaches torts, health law, and public health law. Her current research focuses on access to health care and healthy conditions in the U.S. and globally. She also works on various law and policy issues at the intersection of public health, food systems, and environmental change. Prior to joining the law school faculty, Wiley was the Global Health Law Program Director at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University. She has also worked at the Center for Law and the Public’s Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the American Society for Law, Medicine and Ethics, and Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman LLC in Baltimore, MD.


Stephen Wermiel – fellow in law and government

Expertise: U.S. Supreme Court review of the health care law, constitutional law

Stephen Wermiel teaches Constitutional Law, First Amendment, Media Law and a seminar on the workings of the U.S. Supreme Court at the law school. He is an expert on the life and career of Justice William J. Brennan and co-author of the recently published biography Justice Brennan: Liberal Champion. Wermiel holds expertise in the Supreme Court, having covered the court for the Wall Street Journal from 1979 until 1991. During his 12-year tenure at the Journal, he covered and interpreted more than 1,300 Supreme Court decisions and analyzed trends on a broad array of legal issues. Early in his career, Wermiel was a Washington correspondent for the Boston Globe. He is currently chairman of the editorial board of Human Rights, the magazine of the American Bar Association's Individual Rights & Responsibilities Section, and a member of the editorial board of Communications Lawyer, the journal of the ABA's Forum on Communications Law.


Stephen I. Vladeck - professor of law and associate dean for scholarship

Expertise: U.S. Supreme Court review of the health care law, federal and state jurisdiction and the health care law, Medicare and Medicaid

Stephen Vladeck’s teaching and research focus on federal jurisdiction, national security law, constitutional law (especially the separation of powers), and international criminal law. A nationally recognized expert on the role of the federal courts in the war on terrorism, he was part of the legal team that successfully challenged the Bush Administration’s use of military tribunals at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld and has co-authored amicus briefs in a host of other lawsuits challenging the U.S. government’s surveillance and detention of terrorism suspects. Vladeck has also drafted reports on related issues for a number of organizations, including the First Amendment Center, the Constitution Project, and the ABA’s Standing Committee on Law and National Security, and he is a senior editor of the peer-reviewed Journal of National Security Law and Policy.


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