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Diagnosing America's Healthcare System: Addressing Costs and Access NOW

March 5, 2021


Tennessee (5.25 hours), Arkansas (5.25 hours), and Mississippi (5.3 hours) CLE credit have been approved

While universal healthcare is the norm in most developed countries and the goal of many in the United States, achieving it is not likely to occur in the near future. Americans don't have time to wait. We need action to reduce health costs and expand access now. At its annual symposium, The University of Memphis Law Review hopes to foster ideas and solutions focused on reforming our current insurance system, reducing the rising costs of healthcare, capitalizing on solutions offered by Artificial Intelligence and other technologies, addressing disparities on individuals and groups facing chronic discrimination, expanding the roles of non-M.D. healthcare workers, and promoting community initiatives aimed at education and expansion of access to those most vulnerable and at risk.


Zoom meeting information:

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83756247850?pwd=QzU3S0dINVpCZVIvVG1CM3VzYjRYUT09

Password: Healthcare

Symposium speakers include:

Melissa Ballengee Alexander, J.D., Professor of Law, University of Wyoming College of Law

  • Discussing: Distributive Justice and Health Equity: using crisis ventilator allocation to better understand ethical distribution of health care spending.

Jennifer A. Brobst, J.D., LL.M., Associate Professor, Southern Illinois University School of Law

  • Discussing: How courts turn their backs on consumers least able to negotiate with hospitals on billing. Arguing that a pattern has emerged in hospital billing cases, where the courts have strayed from the common law role of unconscionability claims, in conflict with the gains achieved by state and federal consumer protection legislation and policy in recent years.

Benjamin Hayes, J.D.

  • Discussing: Bundled Rebates, Doctrinal Blindspots, and the Risks of Antitrust Under-Enforcement in the Biologic Pharmaceutical Market.

Samuel Macomber, J.D. , Law Clerk to the Hon. Landya B. McCafferty, US District Court for the District of New Hampshire

  • Discussing: The Right to Medication-Assisted Treatment in Jails and Prisons.

Haley L. Moss, J.D., Owner, Haley Moss LLC

  • Discussing: Exploring and analyzing the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and how these key pieces of legislation affect access and reasonable accommodation in healthcare settings for disabled people.

Riyad Omar, J.D., CIPP/US, CIPP/E, Innovation Accountability Initiative

  • Discussing: The Unintended Consequences of Using Predicted Costs to Measure Medical Needs.

Barry Solaiman, Ph.D., LL.M.,LL.B., Assistant Professor, Hamad Bin Khalifa University College of Law

  • Discussing: Addressing Access with Artificial Intelligence: Overcoming the Limitations of Deep Learning to Broaden Remote Care Today


In order for us to verify attendance and ensure that you receive CLE credit, we kindly ask that you complete and submit the CLE Attendance forms on our website and submit them to the appropriate dropbox (linked below).

Attendance forms must be submitted by Wednesday, March 10, 2021 to receive CLE credit. There will be absolutely no exceptions for attendees who fail to submit a completed form by March 10th .

For more information contact symposium editor, John Taylor, at jptylor1@memphis.edu.

The University of Memphis Law Review hosts its annual symposium every spring at the Law School. For more information about the most recent past topics and speakers, please visit the links below.


2019: Barriers at the Ballot Box: Protecting or Limiting the Core of the American Identity?

2018: The American Addiction: Pathways to Address the Opioid Crisis

2017 - The Fragile Fortress: Judicial Independence in the 21st Century

2016 - Urban Revitalization: The Legal Implications of Remaking a City

2015 - In re Valor: Policy and Action in Veterans Legal Aid

2014 - Juvenile Courts in Transition

2013 - Breaking the Silence: Legal Voices in the Fight Against Human Trafficking 

2012 - Cultural Competency and the Death Penalty