For Immediate Release

Shari Ireton
University of Washington School of Law


UW Hosts Debate on Constitutional Status of Health Reform

A video of the roundtable debate can be viewed here

On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, mandating that all Americans buy health insurance starting in 2014. Within an hour, more than a dozen Attorneys General across the United States filed lawsuits on the grounds that the bill is unconstitutional, including Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna.

Addressing the debate on the constitutional status of health reform, the UW School of Law presents "Is Health Care Reform Constitutional?", a discussion featuring a roundtable of distinguished law faculty on Tuesday, March 30 from 4 - 5:30 PM in William H. Gates Hall Room 138.

The roundtable participants include:

  • Hugh Spitzer (Moderator)

    Professor Spitzer is a recognized expert in Washington state constitutional law. A practicing attorney with Foster Pepper since 1982 and affiliate professor at the UW School of Law, he has practiced municipal and public finance law for more than 30 years. Spitzer teaches Local Government Law and State Constitutional Law, drafts state legislation, and has an active state constitutional law practice.

  • Stewart Jay

    Professor Jay has taught at the UW School of Law since 1980. Before entering teaching, Professor Jay clerked for two years, first with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and then for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Warren E. Burger. His teaching and research interests include constitutional law and constitutional history.

  • Kathryn Watts

    Professor Watts joined the UW School of Law faculty in 2007 as an assistant professor. She teaches administrative law, constitutional law, and Supreme Court decision making. Professor Watts clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court and also for Judge A. Raymond Randolph of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

  • John McKay

    Professor McKay served as U.S. Attorney for Western Washington from October 2001 through December 2006. He joined the faculty of Seattle University School of Law in 2007 where he teaches national security and constitutional law. In 1995, the Washington State Bar Association named McKay Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year, and in 2001 he received the Association's Award of Merit, its highest honor.

  • Sallie Sanford

    Professor Sanford teaches health law at the UW Schools of Law and Public Health and her research interests include health care delivery systems, health administration law, and medical and administrative ethics. Sanford clerked for The Honorable Robert R. Beezer of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and served for six years as an Assistant Attorney General.

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