Annual Creighton Law Review Symposium and TePoel Lecture: Inequities and Injustice in Health Care

Annual Creighton Law Review Symposium and TePoel Lecture: Inequities and Injustice in Health Care
Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 8:30am - 3:30pm

Access to health care and the quality of care received differs starkly based on the patient’s socioeconomic status, rural or urban residence, immigration status, and other social determinants of health. Even when adjusting for these factors, a patient’s race, ethnicity, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, and  disability status are strongly correlated with the receipt of appropriate care as well as overall health outcomes. These differences have been attributed to structural and cultural barriers, provider biases, and sometimes outright discrimination, among other causes. Several existing legal and policy efforts designed to ameliorate these inequities—including Section 1557 and other provisions of the Affordable Care Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and key provisions of Medicaid—are now in flux.

Designed For

Lawyers, health care professionals, community members, students

Provided By

Creighton University School of Law
Creighton University Office of Continuing Education

8:30 a.m.
Registration and Check-in

9:00 a.m.

Michael J. Kelly, JD, LLM, Interim Dean, Creighton University School of Law
Andrew J. Almadova, Editor in Chief, Creighton Law Review

9:15 a.m.
Keynote: Health Equity for All: A Past, Present and Future Look at the Legal and Political Determinants of Health

Daniel E. Dawes, JD
Author, 150 Years of ObamaCare
Senior Advisor and General Counsel, Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine
Associate Professor, H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship, Nova Southeastern University

10:15 a.m.

Session I: The Affordable Care Act and Health Inequities & Discrimination

Moderator: Catherine M. Brooks, MA, JD, Professor of Law & Faculty President, Creighton University

10:30 a.m.
Poverty, Substance Use Disorder Insurance Benefits, and Incremental Health Care Reform
Stacey A. Tovino, JD, PhD
Judge Jack and Lulu Lehman Professor of Law
William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Medicaid Expansion: Boosting Access to Care in both Rural and Urban Nebraska
Molly McCleery, JD
Director, Health Care Access Program, Nebraska Appleseed

Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act—Advising Health Care Organizations
Zachary J. Buxton, JD, MHA
Attorney, Baird Holm LLP

11:45 a.m.
Lunch on your own

Session II: Inequities & Discrimination Based on Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, Race, & Disability Status

Moderator: Victoria J. Haneman, JD, LLM, Assistant Professor, Creighton University School of Law

12:45 p.m
Heather McCabe, MSW, JD
Assistant Professor
Indiana University School of Social Work
Adjunct Professor, IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law

The Movement to Ban Conversion Therapy: Strategies and Tactics​
Tiffany C. Graham, JD
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Senior Lecturer
University of South Dakota, School of Law

Another Doe, Another Dollar: Ongoing Ways Insurers Discriminate Against People with HIV
Valarie Blake, JD, MA
Associate Professor of Law
West Virginia University College of Law

Pain Treatment, Sickle-Cell Disorder, & Provider Avoidance: The Negative Impact of Prescription Opioid Regulation
Kelly K. Dineen, RN, JD, PhD
Assistant Professor & Director, Health Law Program, Creighton University

2:30 p.m.

Session III: Immigration & Refugee Status, Country of Origin Inequities

Moderator: David P. Weber, JD, Professor, Creighton University School of Law

2:40 p.m
Immigration Status as a Social Determinant of Health
Medha D. Makhlouf, JD
Assistant Professor of Law
Director, Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic
Penn State University Dickinson Law

Imperial Law and the Construction of “Disposable Citizens: What Hurricane María Revealed about Health Inequities and Injustices in Puerto Rico
Jacqueline N. Font-Guzmán, MHA, JD, PhD
Director and Professor, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, Creighton University

3:30 p.m.
Closing Remarks, Evaluation and Adjournment

TePoel Lecture Series

The TePoel Lecture Series is named in honor of Dean Louis TePoel, teacher, scholar, and academic administrator, who served on the Creighton Law School Faculty from 1907 to 1947 and as Dean from 1920 to 1947. Inaugurated in 1975 with a lecture given by Professor Harold J. Berman of the Harvard Law School, the series has featured many legal scholars of national and international reputation. The Law School takes great pride in the TePoel Lecture Series. It is a primary means by which Creighton continues to provide its students and the Omaha community with the best in legal education.

Education Credit

This program is approved for 4.75 hours of CLE credit in Nebraska and Iowa.

Daniel E. Dawes, JD

Daniel E. Dawes is a nationally recognized leader in the health equity movement and has led numerous efforts to address health policy issues impacting vulnerable, under-served, and marginalized populations. He is a health care attorney and administrator, and serves as the executive director of government affairs and health policy at Morehouse School of Medicine. He is also a lecturer of health law and policy at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute.


Dawes was instrumental in shaping the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) and founded and chaired the largest advocacy group, the National Working Group on Health Disparities and Health Reform, focused on developing comprehensive, inclusive and meaningful legislation to reform the health care system and address the disparities in health care and health status among racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, women, children, LGBT individuals, and other vulnerable groups in the United States. He is the co-founder of the Health Equity Leadership and Exchange Network (HELEN), which is a national network of health equity champions in virtually every state and territory.


Dawes often lectures and presents on health law and policy while serving simultaneously on several boards, commissions, and councils focused on health equity and health reform. He is an adviser to international, national, regional, state and municipal policymakers, as well as think tanks, associations, foundations, corporations, and nonprofit organizations.



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