UC Hastings College of the Law and UCSF are throwing a party tonight to formally announce their nascent collaboration in law and science. Faculty and researchers from the two campuses have been rolling out courses and swapping students, and laying plans for various research and legal service projects in the spirit of interdisciplinary education.
Hastings professor David Faigman, who has been director of the UCSF / UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy since January 2009, says Hastings started offering course work focused on health sciences to Hastings students last year. The school is paving the way for a full graduate-level certificate program. The size and scope of that program will depend in part on the results of a market survey on jobs due in May, Faigman said.
The consortium is also creating a medical legal clinic devoted to senior care (to help the elderly deal with issues linked with Medicare, for instance), Faigman said, and setting up externships so students can work in local hospitals and in the health care industry more generally.
Faigman said it's time to properly introduce the initiative to alumni and the legal community and - he hopes - drum up support. The party starts at 6 p.m. at the Hastings Alumni Reception Center at 200 McAllister.