Stacey A. Tovino

Stacey A. Tovino

Judge Jack and Lulu Lehman Professor of Law

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Areas of expertise:

Health Law, Medical Humanities, Bioethics, Tort Law


Stacey Tovino serves as the Judge Jack and Lulu Lehman Professor of Law at UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law. An elected member of the American Law Institute, Professor Tovino is a leading expert in health law, bioethics, and the medical humanities, with particular expertise in the civil, regulatory, operational, and financial aspects of health law. Trained in both law and the medical humanities, Professor Tovino publishes her interdisciplinary work in textbooks, casebooks, encyclopedias, law reviews, medical and science journals, and ethics and humanities journals. Professor Tovino's recent non-symposium scholarship has placed in the Notre Dame Law Review (2019), Iowa Law Review (2019), Alabama Law Review (2018), Washington and Lee Law Review (2017), Minnesota Law Review (2016), Boston College Law Review (2016), and Washington Law Review (2016). Professor Tovino founded the UNLV Health Law Program, an academic partnership between the UNLV Boyd School of Law and the UNLV School of Public Health, and served as its Director from 2013 to 2018. She designed and implemented the Health Law Concentration, the first curricular concentration available to students at Boyd School of Law. In 2019, Professor Tovino received the UNLV Top Tier Award, a university-wide honor that recognizes faculty members who demonstrate excellence in all five areas of UNLV’s Top Tier Mission, including research and external funding, teaching excellence and student achievement, academic health center growth, infrastructure and shared governance, and community partnerships. She also earned law school-wide teaching awards in 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016. Within the legal academy, Professor Tovino has served as Chair of the AALS Section on Law and Mental Disability (2009); Chair of the AALS Section on Torts and Compensation Systems (2018); Panel Chair of the AALS Section on Law and the Humanities (2019); Secretary of the AALS Section on Biolaw (2020); Secretary of the AALS Section on Law, Medicine, and Health Care (2020); and Executive Committee Member of the AALS Section on Teaching Methods (2020). Within the bioethics academy, Professor Tovino serves as a member of the Executive Planning Committee of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH).

Professor Tovino is a frequent speaker on the local, national, and international level. She has been invited to guest lecture and present papers on a range of health law, bioethics, and medical humanities topics at schools of law, medicine, nursing, public health, pharmacy, life sciences, health sciences, and public policy, as well as undergraduate and graduate departments of neuroscience, biology, psychology, sociology, philosophy, and humanities around the world. Prior to joining the faculty at Boyd School of Law, Professor Tovino served as the Founding Director of the Health Law and Policy Center and Associate Professor of Law at Drake University Law School (2008-2010); Assistant Professor of Law at Hamline University School of Law (2006-2008); Visiting Assistant Professor, Research Professor, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston Law Center (2003-2006); and attorney in the Health Industries Group of the Houston office of the international law firm Vinson & Elkins (1997-2003). During her practice, Professor Tovino represented physicians, scientists, allied health professionals, general and special hospitals, academic medical centers, organ procurement organizations, blood banks, and nonprofit health care organizations in civil, regulatory, operational, and transactional matters.

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