Katharine A. Van Tassel

Katharine A. Van Tassel

Title: Professor of Law and Director, Public Health Law and Science Center (PHLSC) and Health Law Program
Department: School of Law
Phone: 330-972-6403
Email: vantassel@uakron.edu
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Selected Works - bepress: http://works.bepress.com/k_vantassel/
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Katharine Van Tassel is a Professor of Law and is the Director of Akron Law’s Public Health Law & Science Center (PHLSC) and its Health Law Certificate Program. She is the recipient of the 2013 Faculty Scholar of the Year award.

Professor Van Tassel clerked for U.S. District Court Judge William K. Thomas before becoming an associate with the international law firm of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey. She began her teaching career in 1997 and has taught Health Law: Quality, Cost and Access, Healthcare Organization and Finance, Government Provision of Healthcare, Bioethics, Public Health Law, Food & Drug Law, Law & Biotechnology, Civil Procedure, Evidence, and Torts. She is the Editor of the Health Law Prof Blog, is a regular blogger on Bill of Health, a blog of the Petrie-Flom Center at the Harvard School of Law, and is a regular blogger on Bio Law: Law and the Life Sciences.

She currently serves on the Executive Board of the Law, Medicine and Healthcare Section of the American Association of Law Schools, on the Executive Board of the Law and Mental Disability Section of the American Association of Law Schools and as the Co-Chair of the Food & Drug Law Committee of the Administrative Law Section of the American Bar Association. 

Professor Van Tassel’s scholarship has appeared in such journals as the University of Chicago Legal Forum, the Pepperdine Law Review, the Cardozo Law Review, the Connecticut Law Review, the Brooklyn Law Review, the University of Cincinnati Law Review and the Seton Hall Law Review. She is the author of International Encyclopaedia of Laws: Medical Law, United States of America (Klower, forthcoming, 2015). She is the coauthor of the two-volume treatise Food and Drug Administration (4th ed., forthcoming 2015) which is cited as an authoritative FDA source by the U.S. Supreme Court and numerous circuit and district courts. She is also the co-author on the book Litigating the Nursing Home Case (2nd ed., 2014).

In 2014, Professor Van Tassel was invited by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to testify at the 2014 Statutory Enforcement hearings on Patient Dumping in Washington, D.C. Professor Van Tassel offered her insights on how to improve the policies governing the enforcement of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act ("EMTALA") to better ensure hospitals, localities, or states are not "dumping" patients disabled by a psychiatric medical condition and in need of emergency care.

Professor Van Tassel is a Hearing Officer for medical staff peer review proceedings and is a consultant for matters involving the abuse and neglect of nursing home residents. She has served as a Special Commissioner on the Cervical Cancer Special Commission of the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and as a member of both the Clinical Ethics Review Team and the Institutional Review Board for Experimental Drugs and Devices of the largest hospital system in Western Massachusetts.