Professor Katharine Van Tassel

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Katharine Van Tassel is a Professor of Law at Western New England College School of Law. She received her M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health and her J.D from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. She clerked for U.S. District Court Judge William K. Thomas before becoming associated with the international law firm of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey. In 1991, she became the Owner and Managing Partner of Van Tassel & Associates, a 13 lawyer, national law firm which specialized in the defense of products liability, medical malpractice and federal multi-district court litigation. In 1997, Professor Van Tassel became an Assistant Professor of Law and the Director of Law Clinics at Ohio Northern University. In 2001, she joined Western New England College School of Law where she is now a Professor of Law. Most recently, Professor Van Tassel was a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Professor Van Tassel teaches health law, bioethics, food & drug law, law & science, torts, products liability, evidence and civil procedure. She is the Editor of the Health Law Prof Blog.

Professor Van Tassel serves as a Special Commissioner on the Cervical Cancer Special Commission of the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and is a Hearing Officer for medical staff peer review proceedings. Recently, Professor Van Tassel has served as a member of both the Clinical Ethics Review Team and the Institutional Review Board for Experimental Drugs and Devices of the largest hospital system in Western Massachusetts. Professor Van Tassel is a consultant for matters involving the abuse and neglect of nursing home residents.


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