Tushnet analyzes Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling

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In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that closely held, for-profit corporations have a right to exercise the religious beliefs of their owners and therefore cannot be required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to provide contraception coverage to employees if it conflicts with those views. The Gazette spoke with Harvard Law School Professor Mark Tushnet  about the decision and what it means for future corporate challenges to the Affordable Care Act.

‘Choosing not to choose’: improving healthcare law by acknowledging how people behave (video)

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Cass Sunstein opened the 2014 Behavioral Economics, Law, and Health Policy Conference with a keynote address called “Choosing Not to Choose.” His talk set the tone for the two-day conference organized by The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School, which drew nearly 200 lawyers, public health professionals, economists, and health policy analysts to the campus from May 2-3.

‘Food is Medicine’: Health reform should support nutritional counseling, medical meals, says HLS report

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The Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (CHLPI) of Harvard Law School released the report “Food is Medicine: Opportunities in Public and Private Health Care for Supporting Nutritional Counseling and Medically Tailored, Home-Delivered Meals.”The report, funded in part by the M•A•C AIDS Fund, examines ways in which public and private health care programs like […]

Petrie-Flom Center Announces New Journal of Law and the Biosciences

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The first volume of the Journal of Law and the Biosciences (JLB) was recently published by Oxford University Press. The new peer-reviewed, open access, online journal is a co venture between Duke University, Stanford University and Harvard Law School’s Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics. JLB focuses on cutting-edge scholarship at the intersection of law […]

Thought for Food: Contemplating new regulations in a global economy

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With more and more people deeply concerned about what they’re eating and what it means for our health, the economy, the environment, social justice, and even national security, Harvard Law School has created a new focus on food law.

HLS Authors: Selected alumni books

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Brown uses her own example—after leaving a law partnership upon the birth of her daughter, she is now a professor of business law—and those of many others, from a jewelry designer to a nurse to a rabbi, to show the possibilities for those who are unhappy with the practice of law. Such a change is not easy, but a lawyer’s skills can be reframed and refreshed, she says, adding that she has never met a former lawyer who regrets having left the profession.