Professor Mark Hall to lead American Law Institute project on medical liability

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(Winston-Salem, N.C., Jan. 28, 2019) — Mark Hall, a professor with Wake Forest School of Law and Wake Forest School of Medicine, has been named lead reporter of the medical liability sections of the Restatement Third of Torts, by the American Law Institute (ALI).

Hall will lead the effort to develop official text that informs all U.S. courts on the legal principles governing medical liability.

As the signature work of ALI, the “Restatements” of the law are highly influential syntheses of the current and future direction of legal principles. The Restatements have been cited by courts on more than 200,000 occasions and have regularly informed state supreme courts during the development of governing state law.

Lead reporters of Restatements are responsible for structuring the project and its research and for preparing and presenting Restatement drafts to project advisors and ALI membership, which votes on the final version.

The Restatement of tort law has been one of the ALI’s most influential projects over its 100-year history, yet this Restatement previously has not included provisions on medical liability. This gives the project particular importance.

In addition to synthesizing legal principles from past cases across the country, Hall’s project will consider how legal principles might evolve going forward, to take account of changes in the health care system, such as more coordinated approaches to care delivery, and efforts of hospitals and physicians to become “learning health care systems.”

“The selection of Mark Hall to lead this prestigious project is a testimonial to his exceptional contributions in the area of health care law,” said Greg Burke, M.D., M.Sc., senior associate dean for research, chief science officer, and professor of public health sciences at Wake Forest School of Medicine. “The outcome of this project will be especially important as our health care delivery system continues to rapidly evolve.”

As a Nonresident Senior Fellow with the Brookings Institution’s Center of Health Policy, Hall regularly consults with government officials, foundations, and think tanks about health care public policy issues.

Hall is a faculty researcher at Wake Forest School of Medicine and is the director of the Health Law & Policy Program at Wake Forest School of Law. He is also a professor with the University’s MBA program and graduate program in bioethics.

Wake Forest School of Law currently has four reporters with the ALI, including Michael Green, co-reporter for the Restatement Third of Torts: Concluding Provisions; Tanya Marsh, associate reporter for the first comprehensive Restatement of Property; Jonathan Cardi, associate reporter for the Restatement Third of Torts: Intentional Torts to Persons; and Mark Hall, lead reporter for the Restatement Third of Torts: Concluding Provisions.

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