Jennifer S. Bard

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Jennifer Bard

Professor, Law College of Law

Jennifer S. Bard, J.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., is Professor of Law at the College of Law and also has an appointment as Professor, Department of Internal Medicine at the College of Medicine.  Bard is an internationally recognized expert in the intersection of the fields of law, public health, and bioethics.
Immediately before coming to the University of Cincinnati she was Associate Vice Provost for Academic Engagement at Texas Tech University and was the Alvin R. Allison Professor of Law and Director of the Health Law and JD/MD program at Texas Tech University School of Law.   From 2012-2013, she served as Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development at the law school.
Bard also held appointments in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences as a member of the founding faculty of the public health program and as adjunct professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Texas Tech University Health Science Center’s School of Medicine. She has been a visiting professor at Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa and in the LLM program at LaTrobe University in Melbourne, Australia.
Bard has been recognized for her teaching, including “Best First Year Teacher.”   She has taught Torts, Public Health Law, Human Subject Research Law, and Constitutional Issues in Health Law.  She began her academic career as a faculty member at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.
Bard is a prolific and highly successful scholar in the disciplines of law, public health and bioethics. She has published 30 articles and book chapters, including articles in the University of Utah Law JournalThe American Journal of Bioethics, and the University of Houston International Law Journal on topics ranging from the regulation of e-cigarettes, international human subject research, whistleblowing in higher education, the use of “dangerousness” as a factor in death penalty sentencing, corporate wellness programs including and posthumous reproduction.  Her work is widely cited by publications in a variety of disciplines.
Bard has been asked to present scholarly papers at conferences all over the world in law, bioethics, and public health, most recently including the Athens Institute for Education and Research 11th Annual International Conference on Law, Athens, Greece and the European Law Faculties   (ELFA) Annual Conference in Istanbul, Turkey.  She is frequently sought out by the media on issues of law and public health and has been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal and Money Magazine.  She often publishes opinion pieces in print and is a contributing editor to the Health Law Professors Blog, Praws Blog, and The Harvard Bill of Health
She is an elected member of the American Law Institute and has served as book review editor of the Journal of Legal Medicine, a publication of the American Academy of Legal Medicine.  She also was a past-chair of two American Association of Law School's sections:  Law, Medicine, and Health Care and Mental Disability.  She coordinated the Jewish Bioethics group for the American Association of Bioethics and the Humanities.
Bard graduated from Wellesley College, studied law and philosophy at Oxford University, received her J.D. from Yale Law School, her master's degree in public health (M.P.H) from the University of Connecticut and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Texas Tech University.  She received grant support from the NIH and was selected as a Public Health Law Foundation Scholar in Residence. 
Immediately after graduating from law school, she clerked with the late Honorable Frank H. Freedman, Chief Federal District Court Judge for the District of Massachusetts.  She was then a litigation associate