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Sharona Hoffman, JD, LLM, SJD

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Sharona Hoffman, JD, LLM, SJD is a Professor of Law and Bioethics at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She joined the faculty in 1999 and is now the Edgar A. Hahn Professor of Law, Professor of Bioethics, and Co-Director of the Law School’s Law-Medicine Center. She teaches Health Law courses, Employment Discrimination, and Civil Procedure and was voted First Year Teacher of the Year in 2011, 2012, and 2019. She was elected to membership in the prestigious American Law Institute in 2017.

Dr. Hoffman also served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2006 until 2009 and won the 2014 Distinguished Teacher Award. She received her B.A. from Wellesley College, her J.D. from Harvard Law School, an LL.M. in health law from the University of Houston, and an S.J.D. in health law from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Prior to becoming an academic, Ms. Hoffman was a Senior Trial Attorney at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Houston, a litigation associate at O’Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles, and a judicial clerk for U.S. District Judge Douglas W. Hillman (Western District of Michigan).

In 2013, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awarded Professor Hoffman a scholar-in-residence fellowship in public health law. She has also twice spent a sabbatical semester as a Visiting Scholar at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2007 and 2014) and was a Visiting Scholar at Emory University in 2014 as well.

Professor Hoffman has published over seventy articles and book chapters on health law and civil rights issues. Her work has appeared in the Georgetown Law Journal, Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law and Ethics, and many other publications. She is also the author of two books: Aging with a Plan: How a Little Thought Today Can Vastly Improve Your Tomorrow (Preager 2015, second edition Anthem Press 2022) and Electronic Health Records and Medical Big Data: Law and Policy (Cambridge University Press 2016).

In 2021 Professor Hoffman won the Case Western Reserve University Faculty Distinguished Research Award. In 2016, Dr. Hoffman won the Case Western Reserve University School of Law Distinguished Research Award. Professor Hoffman has lectured throughout the United States and internationally and has very frequent appearances in local, national, and international media.

For more information see her website and her law school page, and selected publications.

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