Pitt’s Nordenberg Lecture in Law, Medicine, and Psychiatry Oct. 6

Issue Date: 
October 3, 2011
Jessica Wilen BergJessica Wilen Berg

The University of Pittsburgh School of Law will feature Jessica Wilen Berg, professor of law and bioethics and associate director of the Law-Medicine Center at Case Western Reserve University Schools of Law and Medicine, in the annual Nordenberg Lecture in Law, Medicine, and Psychiatry at noon Oct. 6 in the Pitt Barco Law Building’s Teplitz Memorial Courtroom.

The free public lecture is titled “What Remains of Charity Care After Health Reform? Community Obligations of Nonprofit Hospitals.”

Berg joined the Case Western faculty in 1999 after serving as the director of academic affairs for the Institute for Ethics and as secretary of the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs for the American Medical Association. Prior to that, Berg was a visiting professor at Michigan State University Medical School, a Scholar in Excellence at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and a fellow at both the Center for Biomedical Ethics and the Institute for Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy at the University of Virginia.

Berg teaches law and bioethics. Her publications and research span a variety of areas, including informed consent, research with human subjects, reproductive law and ethics, confidentiality of medical information, mental health law, professional self-regulation, and E-medicine. Berg’s recent work, with coauthors, includes “Making All the Children Above Average: Ethical and Regulatory Concerns for Pediatricians in Pediatric Enhancement Research” in Clinical Pediatrics (2009) and “Human Subjects Protections in Biomedical Enhancement Research: Assessing Risk and Benefit and Obtaining Informed Consent” in the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics (2008).

Pitt’s annual lecture in law, medicine, and psychiatry is named for Pitt Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg, former dean of the law school, and is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Board for one hour of substantive CLE credit. Registration is available at the door. There is a $25 fee to obtain CLE credit with a check made payable to the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

For more information, call 412-647-5700 or e-mail bioethic@pitt.edu.