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Law Professors Mark Hall and Michael Curtis to square off in health care debate at noon on Thursday, April 26

As the U.S. Supreme Court considers the legality of health care reform, the Wake Forest School of Law will host a debate focusing on the core issues of its constitutional challenge. The debate, which is set for noon on Thursday, April 26, in Room 1312 of the Worrell Professional Center, will feature law Professors Mark Hall and Michael Curtis. 
 
The event is free and open to the public.
 
The pair held a similar debate at the Wake Forest School of Medicine on April 3, which was moderated by Law School Dean Blake Morant and co-sponsored by the Health Policy Core, the WFU Center for Bioethics, Health, and Society, and the Office of the Dean, Wake Forest School of Medicine. 
 
Both professors bring unique experience and expertise to the debate.
 
Professor Hall is a nationally-recognized scholar in the areas of health care law and policy and medical and bioethics. He has authored or edited 15 books in these areas, including “Making Medical Spending Decisions and Health Care Law and Ethics.” He is a member of the Wake Forest University Medical School’s research faculty, and recently led a group of more than 100 law professors in filing a brief to the Supreme Court focusing on the controversial individual mandate portion of the Affordable Healthcare Act.

Professor Curtis is also a well-recognized authority, specializing in constitutional history. He is the author of two books, “Free Speech: The People’s Darling Privilege: Struggles for Freedom of Expression in American History,” a text which received multiple honors, and “No State Shall Abridge: The Fourteenth Amendment and the Bill of Rights,” which was also critically-acclaimed.  Additionally, Professor Curtis has received the Frank Porter Graham Award from the North Carolina Civil Liberties Union for his work fighting for civil liberties in the state.