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Winning the Battle; Losing the War: The Federal Government’s Hindrance of Medical Marijuana Legalization

By Kylie Orme for BiolawToday.org This week, the Utah Senate will vote on legalizing medical marijuana in the Beehive state. Currently, Utah only allows the extract form, cannabidiol, to be used by those with severe epilepsy—so long as the patients obtain the extract from another state. As Utah is one of 17 states that allow […]

Contreras appointed to the National Institutes of Health Council of Councils

Professor Jorge Contreras has been appointed to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Council of Councils for a three-year term.  The Council of Councils is a trans-NIH body with oversight responsibility for NIH-wide programs and initiatives.  The Council of Councils consists of one member nominated by each of NIH’s twenty-seven Institutes and Centers.  Contreras also serves […]

Contreras publishes article, “Sharing by Design: Data and Decentralized Commons” in Science

S.J. Quinney College of Law professor Jorge Contreras, together with professor Jerry Reichman of Duke Law School, have published an article entitled “Sharing by Design: Data and Decentralized Commons” in the Dec. 11, 2015 issue of Science.  The article addresses common legal and organizational pitfalls faced by researchers who seek to combine and share large pools […]

Law and Biomedicine Colloquium

1:00 – 3:00 p.m., S.J. Quinney College of Law, Room 4609 The Law and Biomedicine Colloquium brings together scholars, practitioners in our community, law students, and law faculty for seminar-style discussion of complex and controversial topics in the field. We are excited to be welcoming four distinguished scholars from other law schools in the region, […]

Law and Biomedicine Colloquium

1:00 – 3:00 p.m., S.J. Quinney College of Law, Room 4609 The Law and Biomedicine Colloquium brings together scholars, practitioners in our community, law students, and law faculty for seminar-style discussion of complex and controversial topics in the field. We are excited to be welcoming four distinguished scholars from other law schools in the region, […]

Continued Efforts Toward More Effective Healthcare

By Courtney Neves for BiolawToday.org. Much has been written about the role of Accountable Care Organizations (“ACO’s”) in health care reform, but few of us have a good sense of what exactly these entities are. ACO’s are groups of doctors, hospitals, and other providers who work together to provide more efficient care to patients.[1] These organizations […]

The Slippery Slope of Hobby Lobby Already at the Supreme Court’s Door

  By Kendra Brown for BiolawToday.org. The United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear another challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) preventive care mandate.[1] The ACA requires that employers through their healthcare plans provide at no cost the full range of FDA-approved contraceptives. In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby,[2] a closely held for profit […]

There Will Be Blood

By Kylie Orme for BiolawToday.org. Several weeks ago, Judge Wiggins, a circuit court judge in Marion, Alabama, sparked controversy when he told a courtroom full of offenders that if they did not have the money to pay their fines, they could go outside of the courtroom and donate blood, or go to jail. In an […]

The Price of Health Privacy in Sports

By Travis Walker for BiolawToday.org.  Part of the digital age is access to information. For sports fans this includes updates on players and strategy that is nearly instantaneous. Media leaders make it possible to know everything about a game – creating a want, if not an expectation. Despite the numerous updates given daily, a single […]

Patent Trolls and the “Presumption of Validity”

By Dave Duncan for BiolawToday.org. Should the “presumption of validity” regarding issued patents be reversed? A patent application goes through an extensive examination process at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”). If and when the applied-for patent is issued, it is presumed to be valid in subsequent legal challenges unless it can be […]