Katharine 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 currently teaches several classes in the area
of Health Law as well as teaching Food & Drug Law, Bioethics, 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

Professor Van Tassel’s scholarship has appeared, and will soon be appearing, 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 also the co-author on the
second edition of two books forthcoming in 2013, Legal Almanac: How to Protect Elders
From Harm (West/Thomson) and Litigating the Nursing Home Case (ABA Press). 

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. 



Harmonizing the Affordable Care Act with the Three Main National Systems for Healthcare Quality Improvement: The Tort, Licensure and Hospital Peer Review Systems, Brooklyn Law Review (2013)

According to an estimate by the Institute of Medicine made over a decade ago, treatment...



Blacklisted: The Constitutionality of the Federal System for Publishing Reports of 'Bad Doctors' in the National Practitioner Data Bank, Cardozo Law Review (2011)

The United States has a growing number of government created blacklists, including those for convicted...



The Growing Consumer Exposure to Nanotechnology in Everyday Products: Regulating Innovative Technologies in Light of Lessons from the Past (with R Goldman), Connecticut Law Review (2011)

Consumers in the United States are being exposed to steadily increasing levels of novel and...



Genetically Modified Food, Risk Assessment and Scientific Uncertainty Principles: Does the New Understanding of the Networked Gene Trigger the Need for Post-Market Surveillance to Protect Public Health?, Boston University Journal of Science and Technology Law (2009)

Consumers in the United States are unaware that they have high daily and long-term exposure...



Slaying the Hydra: The History of Quack Medicine, the Obesity Epidemic and the FDA's Battle to Regulate Dietary Supplements, Indiana Health Law Journal (2009)

The United States' obesity crisis is gaining momentum. Studies released in 2008 project that, in...