David Orentlicher

Director, UNLV Health Law Program
Professor, UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law
Expertise: Health Law, Constitutional Law, Presidential Power


David Orentlicher is the Cobeaga Law Firm Professor of Law and director of the UNLV Health Law Program. Nationally recognized for his expertise in health law and constitutional law, Orentlicher has testified before Congress, had his scholarship cited by the U.S. Supreme Court, and has served on many national, state, and local commissions.

Orentlicher came to UNLV Law from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and Indiana University School of Medicine. He is a member of the American Law Institute and a former president of the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics. Additionally, Orentlicher previously directed the American Medical Association's Division of Medical Ethics, where he drafted the AMA’s first patient’s bill of rights and many other guidelines relied upon by courts and government agencies, and he has practiced both law and medicine.

Orentlicher has published numerous articles and essays on a wide range of topics, including health care reform, physician aid in dying, reproductive decisions, affirmative action, and presidential power. His work has appeared in leading professional journals, such as the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), as well as in the New York TimesTime MagazineUSA TodayCNN Opinion, the Chicago Tribune, and other major newspapers.


  • M.D., Harvard Medical School
  • J.D., Harvard Law School

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David Orentlicher In The News

On Wednesday, six Colorado voters and the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a lawsuit in state court to prevent former President Donald Trump from running for the presidency next year. 
Former President Donald Trump’s surrender to the authorities in Georgia Thursday on charges of racketeering, forgery, false statements and other crimes, as well as his three previous arraignments in separate criminal probes, reflects an important reality: Trump allegedly violated the law on many occasions, and he should be held accountable through criminal prosecutions. Indeed, it is essential to bring Trump to justice for his assaults on the electoral process.
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Nevadans will have some interesting choices in less than a year when they pick their candidates for president.
For good reason, we say that no person is above the law. So it is essential that prosecutors hold former President Donald Trump accountable for any potential misconduct. And there is plenty to try to hold Trump accountable for: his role in the violent attack on the US Capitol and on our democracy on January 6, 2021, his other apparent efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election and his alleged mishandling of classified documents. Appropriately, federal and state officials are investigating or already suing for these many misdeeds.

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Students at Pida Plaza on the first day of classes (Josh Hawkins, UNLV).
Campus News | September 1, 2023

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2022 U.N.L.V. Spring Commencement Ceremony for the Graduate College.  May 13, 2022 (Josh Hawkins/UNLV)
Campus News | June 2, 2022

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