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L-R: Jessica Kleinman (3D), Kathryn Spates (4E), and Chris Forgues (3E).

CUA Law Team Nails Third Place in National Health Law Competition



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A Catholic University law school trio of talented legislative analysts placed third overall in the 3rd Annual Health Law Regulatory and Compliance Competition, held on Feb. 8, 2014, at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

Jessica Kleinman, Kathryn Spates, and Chris Forgues represented CUA Law in the 12 team competition. They were assisted by faculty advisor, Seth A. Mailhot. Awards were given to the top three teams. 
“I think this is a great accomplishment for Catholic University in the growing field of health law, especially given the fact some of the other schools who competed have extensive health law certificate programs,” said Spates.
The relatively new competition requires teams of three students to analyze a particular “fact pattern” using federal health regulations, rules, and agency documents, and to present a legal and policy solution and/or recommendations to a panel of regulatory and compliance attorneys. 
This year's problem challenged students to address several areas, including:
  • Compliance with NIH and FDA clinical and ethical research issues
  • Issues relating to electronic health records, HIPAA and the HITECH Act Antitrust issues
  • FDA regulatory requirements 
The fact pattern was distributed on the day of the competition, leaving the competing teams only about 90 minutes to review the information and prepare an oral presentation of issues identified in the fact pattern.
Teams presented twice to two separate judge panels, and the three top finishers were announced during the competition’s commencement luncheon. 
“Our award demonstrates that CUA Law does have students interested and with knowledge in many areas of health law including NIH and FDA clinical trials, FDA regulatory requirements, and privacy and security matters,” concluded Spates, who called the rigorous competition “a great learning experience.”
As the only team member with another year left of law school, Forgues plans to organize another CUA Law team to compete in next year’s competition.