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About Katharine A. Van Tassel

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 Association.
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.


Present Professor of Law, The University of Akron

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