HEALTH CARE SPEAKERS
National Health Law Program, Inc.
University of Maryland School of Law
National Health Law Program
Jane Perkins, JD, MPH, is the Legal Director at the National Health Law Program, a public interest law firm working on behalf of low income people, children, people of color, and individuals with disabilities. She engages in federal and state litigation and advocacy on their behalf. Ms. Perkins also directs the Health Activist Court Watch Project and manages NHeLP's litigation docket. She has written numerous articles on Medicaid, children's health, and access to the courts. Ms. Perkins is admitted to the state bars of California, Maryland (inactive), and North Carolina; seven of the federal circuit courts of appeal; and the U.S. Supreme Court.
National Health Law Program
Sarah Somers has been a Staff Attorney in NHeLP's Chapel Hill office since 2001. She specializes in litigation and litigation support and has a particular expertise in Medicaid and disability issues. Before coming to NHeLP, she worked for DNA - People's Legal Services and the Native American Protection and Advocacy Project on the Navajo Nation, where she represented children in special education and Medicaid cases. She received her J.D. from Michigan Law School in 1992 and her B.A. from Wellesley College in 1988.
Joel Teitelbaum, JD LLM
Hirsh Health Law and Policy Program
The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services
Joel Teitelbaum, J.D., LL.M., is Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs in the Department of Health Policy, and the Managing Director of the Hirsh Health Law and Policy Program, at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS) in Washington, D.C.
Professor Teitelbaum has taught graduate courses on health care law, health care civil rights, public health law, minority health policy, and long-term care law and policy, and an undergraduate survey course on health law. In 2009 he became the first member of the SPHHS faculty to win the University-wide Bender Teaching Award. He has authored or co-authored many articles, book chapters, policy papers, and reports on civil rights issues in health care, managed care law and policy, and behavioral health care quality, and he is the lead author of Essentials of Health Policy and Law (2007), an introductory textbook, and of Essential Readings in Health Policy and Law (2009), a companion to the textbook. He has directed or managed several health law and policy research projects, including ones sponsored by the District of Columbia Department of Health, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation's Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, the Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc., and the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. In addition, Professor Teitelbaum was co-recipient of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, which he used to explore the creation of a new framwork for applying Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to the modern health care system.
Professor Teitelbaum is a member of Delta Omega, the national honor society recognizing excellece in the field of public health; the American Consitution Society for Law and Policy; the American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics; the State Bar of Wisconsin; and the Washington Council of Lawyers.