The UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law and UNLV Health Law Program will host “ Fighting the Opioid Epidemic: Critical Insights from Healthcare and Law” on Feb. 23. Dr. David Orentlicher, codirector of the program, is leading the all-day occasion to bring a discussion of the science of dependency to public law.
“As politicians look for services to the opioid epidemic, it is crucial that they have accurate and current details on the reasons for addiction and the sort of policies that can lower opioid abuse,” Orentlicher stated.
This story by Camille Cannon, originally published in UNLV Law magazine, profiles Orentlicher, among the law school’s newest professor.
3 years of sleepless nights and limitless studying in law school after completing four years of sleepless nights and unlimited studying in medical school? It makes for expert with unique insights into the medical and legal concerns our society comes to grips with.
Dr. David Orentlicher not only pulled off this ultra-rare MD/JD double, he did so at Harvard.
Considering that protecting his degrees, the brand-new Cobeaga Law Firm Professor of Law and co-director of the health law program at the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Lawhas actually built a similarly excellent profession as a family physician and law expert. He’s also tacked on educator, state legislator, author and ethics advocate to his list of titles.
“I’ve been able to utilize my training in [law and medication] to address very important concerns,” Orentlicher states.
That’s putting it humbly. Most recently, Orentlicher was on the professors at Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law and Indiana University School of Medicine. He’s also served as an adjunct or checking out teacher at the University of Chicago Law School, Northwestern University School of Medicine and Princeton University, while also discovering the time to author multiple books and compose for several national outlets, including The New york city Times and USA Today.
From 1989 to 1995, Orentlicher directed the American Medical Association’s division of medical ethics. During that time, he established standards on problems such as organ hair transplants, medical-care access and patients’ rights– guidelines that impacted federal decision-making. (Who can say they were being in the courtroom when Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor cited their quick?) On top of that, Orentlicher served an economically diverse district of Indiana in the state’s Legislature from 2002 to 2008. “I had to represent the poorest, the richest and a great deal of individuals in between,” he says. “That made me a much better legislator.”
Orentlicher tackled Indiana’s high rate of child-abuse deaths by introducing legislation to increase the number of caseworkers who could help avoid such tragedies. He likewise authored expenses that made it much easier for Indiana-based companies to find startup financing and that offered tax breaks to companies to make health care more economical.
Fortunately for the Las Vegas neighborhood, Orentlicher states he sees his new task as an opportunity to extend his scholarship and civil service, particularly now that the UNLV School of Medication has opened.
“I’m anticipating dealing with trainees and faculty at the medical school. And also with state federal government,” he states. “Due to the fact that we’re the only law school [in Nevada], it’s a chance for us to have a huge impact.
He teaches the law school’s health legal advocacy and preparing course. “I’ll speak to lawmakers and see what they would like help with and have trainees prepare legislation that will hopefully be presented, and the students can then deal with getting their proposals passed.” In addition to teaching, Orentlicher states he will continue his scholarly research on earnings and education inequality in America, and the actions that neighborhoods, school districts and universities can take to cultivate equality … whether students aspire to pursue one degree or 2.