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Center for Law and the Public’s Health

Faculty

Lainie Rutkow
Lainie Rutkow, JD, PhD, MPH
Center Co-Director
Lainie Rutkow, JD, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Law and the Public’s Health. She is jointly appointed in the School’s Department of Health, Behavior and Society and the School of Medicine’s Department of Emergency Medicine. She is core faculty of the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy, the Johns Hopkins Center for Mental Health and Addiction Policy Research, and the School’s Office of Public Health Practice and Training. Dr. Rutkow is also Co-Director of the MPH/JD Program at Johns Hopkins. She uses legal, quantitative, and qualitative research methods to conduct policy analysis and evaluation in areas including emergency preparedness and chronic disease prevention. She has published numerous articles in these and related areas. Dr. Rutkow is affiliated with the Eastern Region of the Network for Public Health Law. She earned her BA from Yale University, a JD from New York University School of Law, and an MPH and PhD, in health policy and management, from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Jon Vernick
Jon S. Vernick, JD, MPH
Center Co-Director
Jon S. Vernick, JD, MPH, is a Professor and Deputy Chair of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Law and the Public’s Health. He is the primary instructor for courses on Issues in Injury and Violence Prevention, and Public Health and the Law. He is also Co-Director of the MPH/JD Program at Johns Hopkins. His research has concentrated on ways in which the law and legal interventions can improve the public's health. Prof. Vernick is particularly interested in epidemiologic, policy, legal, and ethical issues associated with the prevention of injuries. He also studied legal aspects of motor vehicle safety, tobacco control, public health preparedness, and obesity prevention, having published more than 100 scholarly articles and reports on these and other topics. Prof. Vernick is committed to translating research findings into policy change, regularly working with legislators, media, courts, and advocates to provide information about effective policies. He is affiliated with the Eastern Region of the Network for Public Health Law. Vernick earned his BA from the Johns Hopkins University, a JD with honors from the George Washington University, and an MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Joanne Rosen, JD, MA
Center Faculty
Joanne Rosen, JD, MA, is an Associate Lecturer in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Director of the Clinic for Public Health Law and Policy. Her work focuses on the public health impact of laws that regulate abortion and reproductive health, and laws that regulate sexual intimacy and sexual orientation. She is also interested in the discrimination and stigma associated with these laws. Educated in Canada, Rosen obtained her JD and MA at the University of Toronto. She served as counsel to the Ontario Human Rights Commission in Toronto for 17 years, and specialized in human rights and administrative law. She was also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and an instructor in the Bar Admission Course.

Leonard Rubenstein, JD
Center Faculty
Leonard Rubenstein, JD, is a lawyer who has spent his career in the field of health and human rights. His current interests include strengthening data collection, prevention strategies and accountability mechanisms to assure respect for international law regarding protection of hospitals, clinics, patients, health workers, and ambulances in times of armed or civil conflict; developing a screening tool for identifying refugee women who have been subjected to sexual or gender-based violence; identifying the institutional policies and procedures that facilitated health professional involvement in abuse of alleged terrorists in the U.S. military and intelligence custody; and approaching regulation of industrialized animal farming from a human rights standpoint. He is affiliated with the Center for Public Health and Human Rights, the Center for a Livable Future, and the Berman Institute of Bioethics.

Paul A. Locke, JD, MPH, DrPH
Center Faculty
Paul A. Locke, JD, MPH, DrPH, is an Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He studies how decisionmakers use environmental health sciences such as epidemiology, toxicology, and radiobiology in policymaking and how environmental health sciences influence the policymaking process. His research and practice have concentrated on both radiation law and alternatives to animals in toxicity testing. Locke’s work was instrumental in establishing U.S. policy for testing and mitigation of radon in homes, and his work on three National Academy studies has influenced the disposal of high-level waste from Cold War Legacy Sites. He holds an MPH from Yale University School of Medicine, a DrPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a JD from Vanderbilt University School of Law.

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