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

K.N.P.R. News
May 3, 2022
People quickly gathered to protest a leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft decision that would overturn a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion.
Let's Get Psyched Podcast
February 9, 2022
In 1997 Oregon became the first state to pass a law allowing terminally ill individuals to complete suicide with the help of a physician. Only 4 more states followed with their own "Death With Dignity" laws. Have any of the concerns raised in 1997 come to pass? Should this be a human rights issue? Join our discussion with guest David Orentlicher. Dr. Orentlicher is a doctor, lawyer, elected official, UNLV law professor, and medical ethicist, who has studied and published in this very divisive issue.
El Tiempo
November 9, 2021
A Las Vegas nursing home in which 30 residents died from COVID-19 is facing multiple malpractice lawsuits, but the center claims it is protected from complaints because it followed federal safety guidelines.
U.S. News and World Report
November 8, 2021
A Las Vegas nursing home where 30 residents died from COVID-19 is facing several negligence lawsuits, but the facility asserts it is protected from the claims because it followed federal safety directives.

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