Associate professor Erin Fuse Brown has been named the director of the Center for Law, Health & Society at Georgia State College of Law as of January 1. She follows Leslie Wolf, who was appointed interim dean of the law school effective July 1, 2019.
“Erin was the obvious choice to lead the center when it became apparent that my new role did not allow enough time to also serve as the director,” said Wolf. “She is a leading health law scholar whose advice policymakers at every level regularly seek and she has deep connections with the health law bar. She also is a generous mentor to our students and graduates, as well as a fabulous colleague.”
Fuse Brown earned her J.D./M.P.H. dual degrees from Georgetown Law and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She joined the College of Law in 2012 and teaches Health Law: Financing and Delivery and Administrative Law, which are required for the health law certificate program. She designed the Health Care Transactional & Regulatory Practicum, an advanced course that simulates health care practice, with prominent Atlanta health care attorneys Kim Roeder, a partner at King & Spalding LLP, and Sidney Welch, a managing partner at Akerman LLP. Fuse Brown literally “wrote the book” on health law. She is one of the authors of the newest edition of Health Law: Cases, Materials and Problems (West, 2018).
Fuse Brown’s research focuses on the regulation of health care markets, health reform and consumer protections in health care. Her work has influenced state and national policymakers, including presenting to the Federal Trade Commission. She has consulted with the National Academy for State Health Policy, the Milbank Memorial Fund and the Georgia Health Policy Center on topics such as legal and policy approaches to address health care consolidation, ERISA preemption, health care price transparency and the Affordable Care Act. She was recently awarded a grant from Arnold Ventures to examine surprise medical bills related to air ambulance transport.
Fuse Brown’s scholarship has been published in leading law and medical journals including the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and the New England Journal of Medicine. She is frequently quoted in the media, including in The New York Times, NPR and CNN.
“I have big shoes to fill, and I am fortunate to take the helm of an incredible program built by Charity Scott and Leslie Wolf,” said Fuse Brown. “With our wonderful center team, we will continue our initiatives like the Health Law Partnership (HeLP) Legal Services Clinic, Journal of Legal Medicine, health law certificate and degree programs, and our events and conferences. I am honored to serve in this new capacity and look forward to working with our amazing colleagues across campus, health law students and alumni, and extended health law community to continue the center’s great work.”
The Center for Law, Health & Society at Georgia State Law began in 2004 and is celebrating its 15th year. A nationally ranked, top 10 health law program, the center seeks to addresses contemporary health challenges through educational programming for law students, attorneys and health professionals; research on critical issues at the intersection of health, law, policy and ethics; and community engagement.
By Stacie Kershner