The University of Illinois College of Law presents the 2019 Ann F. Baum Memorial Elder Law Lecture, featuring David M. Studdert of Stanford University.
"Medical Malpractice Litigation and the Elderly: An Empirical Perspective"
Max L. Rowe Auditorium
The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided to lecture attendees.
Health care provides tremendous benefits, but also creates substantial risks of unintended injury. As the most frequent users of the health care system, the elderly are disproportionately affected by iatrogenic harm. Some who experience it seek compensation for their losses in the tort system. This talk will review trends in malpractice litigation over the last 20 years, focusing on claiming activity among the elderly. It will also consider the distinctive impact successive waves of tort reform are likely to have had on the elderly.
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David M. Studdert is a leading expert in the fields of health law and empirical legal research. His scholarship explores how the legal system influences the health and well-being of populations. A prolific scholar, he has authored more than 150 articles and book chapters, and his work appears frequently in leading international medical, law, and health policy publications.
Professor Studdert joined Stanford Law School faculty in a joint appointment as Professor of Medicine (PCOR/CHP) and Professor of Law. He will teach health law this spring.
Before joining the Stanford faculty, Professor Studdert was on the faculty at the University of Melbourne (2007-13) and the Harvard School of Public Health (2000-06). He has also worked as a policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, a policy advisor to the Minister for Health in Australia, and a practicing attorney.
Professor Studdert has received the Alice S. Hersh New Investigator Award from AcademyHealth, the leading organization for health services and health policy research in the United States. He was awarded a Federation Fellowship (2006) and a Laureate Fellowship (2011) by the Australian Research Council. He holds a law degree from University of Melbourne and a doctoral degree in health policy and public health from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Ann F. Baum Memorial Elder Law Lecture Series
In remembrance of the life of Mrs. Ann F. Baum, a gift through her estate has endowed the Ann F. Baum Memorial Elder Law Lecture. This lecture series seeks to promote the relevant and timely discussion of broad range of issues relating to the intersection of public policy, the law, and the elderly.
Mrs. Baum was born November 11, 1922, into a poor Irish Catholic family. A life-long resident of the Chicago area, Mrs. Baum grew up with seven siblings. She and her husband, the late Alvin H. Baum, operated an investment firm in Chicago. Mr. Baum passed away in 1982, and Mrs. Baum passed away in 2005.
Mrs. Baum and her late husband were compassionate individuals who supported a broad array of charities as well as providing direct support to needy individuals. Targets of their giving included the disadvantaged, the young, the elderly, religious organizations, educational organizations, and civic organizations. Their legacy of giving and sharing is continued through the Alvin H. Baum Family Fund of which Alvin and Ann were both benefactors.
The Ann F. Baum Memorial Elder Law Lecture constitutes a fitting memorial to a woman who was deeply concerned with the rights and issues pertaining to elderly people in our society.