The Law-Medicine Center
The Law-Medicine Center

Case Western Reserve University School of Law

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Research & Scholarship

The Law-Medicine Center is a catalyst that aggressively stimulates new research and scholarship. The Center coordinates research funded by foundations, medical and legal organizations, and government agencies. Research topics include ethical, legal, and social implications of the Human Genome Project; protections for human subject research participants; informed consent; disability; organ donation; medical malpractice reform; the role of practice standards and outcome measures in assuring the quality of care; access to health care, public health emergency preparedness, and health information technology.

These activities give students opportunities for significant research experience. Students work with faculty as research assistants (during the summer and school year) and as Law-Medicine Fellows  (during the summer).

Students have access to the Judge Ben C. Green Law Library, all campus libraries, many proprietary electronic databases, and interloan materials. To further aid student and faculty research, a School of Law reference librarian and the law school webmaster created the Bioethics and Biomedical Open Access Resources and Free Full Text Materials, an online search tool for open source bioethics and health law-related databases and information. This unique tool, which continues to be expanded, enables researchers to find useful information that exists outside traditional academic or professional or medical databases.

In addition, the library prepares bibliographies of distinguished guest lecturers hosted by the Law-Medicine Center. These are posted, along with the archived webcast of the event, on the lecture series pages.

University Resources
The Law-Medicine Center works closely with the School of Medicine (Bioethics, Human Genetics and other departments), Weatherhead School of Management,  the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, the Center for Policy Studies, and the nursing, dental, and graduate schools on research projects and to organize conferences, workshops, and lectures open to students and faculty.

In August 2004, the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), chose Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine to receive a five-year multi-million dollar grant as one of four national Centers of Excellence in a new initiative to address some of the most pressing ethical, legal and social questions raised by recent advances in genetic and genomic research. School of Law professors are playing a significant role in developing, designing and conducting collaborative research studies. Under CGREAL, Law-Medicine Center Director Maxwell Mehlman received a two-year grant to review, and then address, any public policy gaps in guidelines and ethical differences between therapeutic and enhancement genetic research that involves human subjects. The success of the research resulted in the CGREAL grant being renewed in 2010.

Our Community: Excellence in Law and Medicine

Cleveland is both a major law center and a major center of health care and medical research. Downtown, home to MetroHealth Medical Center and most of the region’s major law firms—including some of the largest firms in the nation—is a 15-minute drive from campus. Many medical facilities are even closer. University Hospitals Case Medical Center is headquartered on our campus. The Cleveland Clinic Foundation and the Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center are just minutes away. The proximity of these teaching hospitals is critical to the Law-Medicine Center, as both students and faculty are exposed to the real world of health care. Thus, the health law curriculum includes on-site experience and intensive contact with providers and patients.
The Center sponsors frequent lunch-time lectures.