Health Law and Medical Innovation
Medical Tutorial for Law Students
The Medical Tutorial for Law Students, conducted during the January intercession of each year, allows 8 law students to round with physicians at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and observe first-hand the delivery of health care in four clinical settings: neurology, pediatrics ICU, psychiatry, and medical psychiatry. Students observe how medical and legal issues become intertwined. For example, in neurology, students encounter patients dealing with end-of-life care and organ donation issues. In psychiatry, students encounter patients involved in civil commitment proceedings. In addition, the students are exposed to numerous didactic lectures over a broad range of health care and health law issues that dovetail with work to which they have previously been exposed in courses taken from the traditional law school curriculum. Over the course of the semester, students prepare research papers on topics of their choice that are then presented and critiqued when the tutorial resumes the following April.
Law and Technology Seminar
The Law and Technology Seminar offers law students the unique opportunity to role play being Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. Over the course of an academic year, the students prepare a model statute, typically in an area related to health and/or medical technology. Topics have ranged from surrogacy, health care information privacy, protection of genetic information, and organ donation. The model statutes have been published in the student-run journals at the Iowa Law School—the Iowa Law Review, the Journal of Corporation Law, and the Journal of Gender, Race, and Justice.
Professor Kurtz, a member of the IBL Center, is also a Commissioner on Uniform State Laws. In that capacity, he has worked on three Uniform Acts that have provided research and writing opportunities for students at the Iowa Law School. These relate to anatomical gifts, the inheritance rights of children born as the result of assisted reproductive technologies, and genetic privacy.