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Professor Kinney Receives Top Honor in Health Law


On June 3-5, 2010 at the 33rd Annual Health Law Professors Conference of the American Society for Law, Medicine and Ethics in Austin, Texas, Professor Eleanor DeArman Kinney received the Jay Healey Award for Excellence in Teaching. Professor David Orentlicher who co-directs the law school’s Hall Center for Law and Health with Kinney, gave a short presentation about her work.

Professor Eleanor DeArman KinneyEleanor D. Kinney, founding director of the school’s internationally recognized William S. and Christine S. Hall Center for Law and Health, is one of the nation’s leading experts on health law. After graduating from law school, she practiced law for four years, then worked as an estate planning officer for Duke University Medical Center for two years. After earning her master’s degree in public health, she served as program analyst for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. Immediately prior to joining the faculty in 1984, she was assistant general counsel of the American Hospital Association.

A widely published author and respected lecturer on the subjects of America’s health care system, medical malpractice, health coverage for the poor, and issues in administrative law, Professor Kinney is author or co-author of numerous law review articles, book chapters and book reviews.

The Healey award is named in honor of Joseph (Jay) M. Healey who was Professor and Head of the Division of Humanistic Studies at the University of Connecticut Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine. In his dedication of a symposium edition of the American Journal of Law and Medicine to Prof. Healey, Prof. George Annas with Boston University’s School of Public Health described Prof. Healey as ”the most respected health law teacher of his generation” and "the spiritual leader of the nation's health law teachers." Prof. Healey received the Health Law Teachers Award in 1990, and it was renamed in his memory after his death in 1993.

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