Introducing New Blogger Leslie Francis

We’re pleased to introduce Leslie P. Francis as a regular contributor to Bill of Health.

Professor Francis holds joint appointments at the University of Utah as Alfred C. Emery distinguished professor of law and distinguished professor of philosophy, and adjunct appointments in Family and Preventive Medicine (in the Division of Public Health), Internal Medicine (in the Division of Medical Ethics), and Political Science. Since 2012, she has also served the College of Law as Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development. Professor Francis received a B.A. from Wellesley College, where she graduated with high honors in philosophy and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She received a Ph.D. in philosophy (1974) from the University of Michigan. After joining Utah’s philosophy faculty, she received her J.D. from the University of Utah (1981) and served as a law clerk to Judge Abner Mikva on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Appointed to the law faculty in 1982, she teaches and writes extensively in the areas of health law, bioethics, and disability. Professor Francis currently serves as a member of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, where she co-chairs the subcommittee on Privacy, Confidentiality, and Security; and as a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (IVR). Professor Francis also has been a member of the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee and of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Law and Aging.

Representative Publications:

Francis, Leslie P. & Francis, John G. 2013.“Informatics and Public Health Surveillance,” in Bioinformatics Law: Legal Issues for Computational Biology in the Post-Genome Era, ed. Jorge Contreras & James Cuticcia.  Washington, D.C.: American Bar Association.

Francis, Leslie P. & Francis John G. 2012.  Criminalizing Health-Related Behaviors Dangerous to Others? Disease Transmission, Transmission Facilitation, and the Importance of Trust, Criminal Law and Philosophy 6(1):  47-63, DOI: 10.1007/s11572-011-9136-7

Francis, Leslie P. 2011. “Skeletons in the Family Medical Closet,” St. Louis University Journal of Health Law & Policy 4(2): 371-396.

Francis, Leslie P. 2010. “The Physician-Patient Relationship and a National Health Information Network,” Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics 38: 36-46.

Margaret P. Battin, Leslie P. Francis, Jay A. Jacobson & Charles Smith. 2009. The Patient as Victim and Vector: Bioethics and Infectious Disease, Oxford University Press. 

Francis, Leslie P. and Anita Silvers. 2008. “Debilitating Alexander v. Choate:  ‘Meaningful Access’ to Health Care for People with Disabilities,” Fordham Urban Law Journal 35: 447-477.

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