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Closing Death's Door: Legal Innovations to End the Epidemic of Healthcare Harm

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Description: This program addresses the massive problem of iatrogenic injury and death, the inadequacy of the law’s conventional response, and several of the more innovative approaches the law might be taking in the future to raise the level of patient safety. Those more innovative approaches will be more regulatory than litigative. Three areas to be discussed are: new incentives for investment in safety, error reporting, and engaged surveillance.
Learning Objectives:
  • Acquire a more complete picture of the nature and extent of the problem of iatrogenic harm.
  • Understand the limited efficacy of malpractice liability in encouraging prevention of harm.
  • Learn about new incentives (existing and proposed) to create a business case for patient safety.
  • Learn about failings of error reporting regimes.
  • Learn about engaged surveillance.
Professor Michael J. Saks 
Michael J. Saks is Regents Professor at the Arizona State University, where he is on the faculties of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, the Department of Psychology, and the Law and Behavioral Science Program, and is also a fellow in the Center for Law, Science, and Innovation. Previously, he was a faculty member at the University of Iowa as the Edward F. Howrey Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology. For a decade, he taught appellate judges in the University of Virginia Law School's summer LL.M. program, trial judges in Duke University’s Judging Science program, law professors at the Georgetown University Law Center, and law students, graduate students, and/or undergraduates at Boston College, Georgetown, and Ohio State University, as well as at ASU and Iowa.
Michael’s research and scholarship have spanned a range of topics: the psychology of decision-making in the legal process, the behavior of the litigation system, scientific and other expert evidence in the law, and legal policy related to iatrogenic injury.
Michael has authored several books including, Modern Scientific Evidence: The Law and Science of Expert Testimony (five volumes), The Psychological Foundations of Evidence Law (2016) and Closing Death’s Door: Legal Innovations to End the Epidemic of Healthcare Harm (2021).
Michael’s work has earned a number of awards and has been cited in various judicial opinions, including several by the United States Supreme Court. His articles have made a lasting impact on the legal system, in part because he tries to address the big picture. Thus, his piece on “The Behavior of the Tort Litigation System,” a landmark integrative review of empirical research concerning the litigation system, has been the most-cited article on tort law for more than a quarter-century. And, “The Coming Paradigm Shift in Forensic Identification Science,” in the journal Science, helped stimulate a groundbreaking examination by the (U.S.) National Research Council of the traditional forensic sciences.
He earned a Ph.D. in experimental social psychology from the Ohio State University and an M.S.L. from the Yale Law School.
Professor Stephan Landsman
Professor Stephan Landsman is the Clifford Professor of Tort Law and Social Policy, Emeritus, at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Il.  He is a graduate of Harvard Law School, the author of six books and more than 70 articles. His most recent books concern medical error, the challenge of crimes of the Holocaust, and the merits of the American adversary system of justice. He is an expert on the American jury.  Stephan’s scholarly articles examine the history, value, and workings of the jury.  He was the Reporter responsible for drafting the American Bar Association’s Principles for Juries and Jury Trials.
He successfully argued before the United States Supreme Court in Akron Center for Reproductive Health v. City of Akron and has pursued claims regarding medical malpractice, sex discrimination, judicial recusal, products liability and aviation accidents.
As a professor, Stephan has taught in England and India, and lectured in Japan, China, Australia, Israel and across the United States. He continues to work as a practicing lawyer, as he has throughout his career.

Practice Areas: Healthcare & Pharmaceutical Law
Online Media Type: Audio
Production Date: 08/20/2021
Level: Intermediate
Category: Standard
Duration: 1 Hours, 6 Minutes
Online Format: On Demand

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Expiration: 08/19/2024
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