Yearly Archives: 2012

Fixing a Broken System: Rape and Sexual Assault in the Military

The UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy is proud to partner with the Hastings Women’s Law Journal in presenting this fall’s conference entitled “Fixing a Broken System: Rape and Sexual Assault in the Military.” This conference will examine the response of the U.S. military justice system to sexual assault within its ranks. Throughout the day, panelists from a variety of disciplines will discuss the legal, social, and health implications of military sexual assault, and the policy changes that have been proposed. The conference will also feature a keynote address from Congresswoman Jackie Speier, who has been active in addressing the problem of sexual violence in the military. For more information and registration, please see For any questions, please contact Gina Gribow at

Congresswoman Jackie Speier
Congresswoman Jackie Speier

About the Speakers:
Confirmed speakers thus far are as follows:

  • Keynote Speaker: Congresswoman Jackie Speier
  • John D. Altenburg, Jr., Major General, U.S. Army (Ret.)
  • Philip D. Cave, Commander, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
  • Josh Connolly, Deputy Legislative Director, Office of Congresswoman Jackie Speier
  • Zoe Dunning, CDR, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
  • Kathleen Gilberd, Co-Chair, National Lawyer's Guild Military Law Task Force
  • Maia Goodell, Chair, New York City Bar's Military Affairs and Justice Committee
  • Victor M. Hansen, Professor of Law, New England Law, Boston
  • Elizabeth L. Hillman, Professor of Law, University of California Hastings College of the Law
  • Shira Maguen, Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, UCSF
  • Rachel Natelson, Legal Director, Service Women's Action Network (SWAN)
  • Teresa Panepinto, Director of Legal Services, Swords to Plowshares
  • Kate Weber, Protect Our Defenders Advocacy Board Member
  • Bridget J. Wilson, Esq., Major, California Guard, U.S. Army Reserve, Enlisted (Ret.)

CME and CLE Credit:
Both CME and CLE credits will be offered for this event.

The O'Brien Center for Scholarly Publications is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. Please RSVP with your state bar number and address to Gina Gribow at

These activities have been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) and the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy. UCSF is accredited by the ACGME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Presenting faculty have disclosed no conflict of interest for this event.

A recording of the conference can be found here:

How Physician Aid in Dying Became a Medical, Not a Legal, Issue

The physician's role in "aid in dying" services to patients has long been a controversial issue. Recently, a change has occurred in how we look at this process with the question changing from "is it legal?" to "is it a medically appropriate end of life option in this case?" Why has this shift occurred and what does it mean moving forward?

Lunch will be provided, so please remember to RSVP to

About the Speaker: 

Professor Schwartz received his B.A. in Philosophy at Stanford and graduated from Harvard Law School.  He served as law clerk to the High Court of American Samoa in Pago Pago before moving to New Mexico to practice Indian Law.  In 1976 he left practice to join the faculty at the University of New Mexico, where he has taught ever since.  He has been a visiting professor at Seton Hall University, Southern Illinois University, the University of Tasmania (Australia), the University of Granada (Spain), and the Indian Law Institute (New Delhi).  In addition to his role as chair of the New Mexico Health Policy Commission, he has taken leave from his teaching to serve as General Counsel to the New Mexico Human Services Department, and he has worked as a WHO consultant on health law to the governments of Vietnam, Cambodia and Tonga.  His primary areas of interest are health law (and, especially bioethics and health care decision-making), legislative process and tort law.  He has been a Visiting Professor at Hastings several times.

Summer Roundtable Series: “Turning Patients’ Wishes into Medical Orders: POLSTs and the New End-of-Life Decision-making Landscape.”

Professor Robert Schwartz will describe the development of POLSTs in California and elsewhere and the relationship of these relatively new end-of-life decision-making instruments to other medical orders and to advance directives. He will evaluate the reasons that these documents are so popular among patients, families, and, especially, health care providers. The discussion should shed some light on whether POLSTs really do serve the purposes of protection of patient autonomy that we had hoped would be served by advance directives, or whether requiring physicians to sign off on patients' decisions undermines that autonomy.

Lunch will be provided, so please remember to RSVP to

About the Speaker:
Robert Schwartz, JD
Senior Visiting Professor, UC Hastings
Weihofen Professor Emeritus, University of New Mexico

An audio-recording of the event is available here.

Summer Roundtable Series: What Now? Health Reform in the Aftermath of the Supreme Court Decision

The Supreme Court of the United States is expected to rule on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act in mere weeks, and the decision is anticipated to have wide-reaching consequences for health care in America. Shortly following the decision, experts from UCSF and UC Hastings College of the Law will convene to discuss the legal significance of the decision and its practical implications for health care.

Lunch will be provided, so please remember to RSVP to

About the Speakers:
Josh Adler, MD
Chief Medical Officer, UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital

Andrew Bindman, MD
Professor of Medicine, Health Policy, Epidemiology & Biostatistics,  UCSF

David Faigman, JD
Director, UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy
John F. Digardi Distinguished Professor of Law, UC Hastings College of the Law

Jaime King, JD, PhD
Associate Director, UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy
Associate Professor, UC Hastings College of the Law

A recording of the presentation can be found here.