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Sharona Hoffman

Sharona Hoffman

Edgar A. Hahn Professor of Law,
Professor of Bioethics
Co-Director, Law-Medicine Center

sharona.hoffman@case.edu 216.368.3860 (o)

Sharona Hoffman joined the faculty in 1999.  She is the Edgar A. Hahn Professor of Law, Professor of Bioethics, and Co-Director of the Law School’s Law-Medicine Center.  She teaches Health Law courses, Employment Discrimination, and Civil Procedure and was voted First Year Law School Teacher of the Year in 2011 and 2012.  She also served as the Law School’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2006 until 2009 and won the 2014 Distinguished Teacher Award.
Professor Hoffman received her B.A. from Wellesley College, her J.D. from Harvard Law School, and an LL.M. in health law from the University of Houston. Prior to becoming an academic, Ms. Hoffman was a Senior Trial Attorney at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Houston, a litigation associate at O'Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles, and a judicial clerk for U.S. District Judge Douglas W. Hillman (Western District of Michigan).
In 2013, Professor Hoffman was selected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for a scholar-in-residence fellowship in public health law.  She has also twice spent a sabbatical semester as a Visiting Scholar at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2007 and 2014) and was a Visiting Scholar at Emory University in 2014 as well.
Professor Hoffman has published over sixty articles and book chapters on health law and civil rights issues.  She has developed particular expertise and a national reputation in the area of health information technology.  Her work has appeared in the Georgetown Law Journal, William & Mary Law Review, and Boston College Law Review, among many other journals.  She is also the author of the book Aging with a Plan:  How a Little Thought Today Can Vastly Improve Your Tomorrow (Praeger 2015).  Professor Hoffman has lectured throughout the United States and internationally and has been widely quoted in the press.

Recent Publications

Aging with a Plan:  How a Little Thought Today Can Vastly Improve Your Tomorrow(Praeger 2015).
“Citizen Science:  The Law and Ethics of Public Access to Medical Big Data,” Berkeley Technology Law Journal (forthcoming 2015)
“Big Bad Data:  Law, Public Health, and Biomedical Databases,” 41 Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics 56 (Supp. 2013) (with Andy Podgurski)
“The Drugs Stop Here:  A Public Health Framework to Address the Drug Shortage Crisis,” 67 Food & Drug Law Journal 1 (2012).
“Balancing Privacy, Autonomy, and Scientific Needs in Electronic Health Records Research,” 65 SMU Law Review 85 (2012) (with Andy Podgurski)
“Meaningful Use and Certification of Health Information Technology:  What about Safety?”  39 Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics 77 (2011) (with Andy Podgurski).
“The Importance of Immutability in Employment Discrimination Law,” 52 William & Mary Law Review 1483 (2011).