David Orentlicher

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

Biography

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.

Education

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

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David Orentlicher In The News

KTNV-TV: ABC 13
May 10, 2021
How would you feel if you weren't allowed inside somewhere because you weren't vaccinated against COVID-19? The simple answer is yes, but there are a couple of exceptions.
El Tiempo
April 22, 2021
Displaying digital proof of protection against COVID-19 could become the norm at this year's Las Vegas events, but privacy experts say they are concerned about data collection by two new "vaccine passport" phone apps ”.
Las Vegas Review Journal
April 22, 2021
Flashing digital proof of COVID-19 protection could become the norm at Las Vegas events this year, but privacy experts say they’re concerned about data collection by two new “vaccine passport” phone apps.
Yahoo!
April 7, 2021
Linda Heim knew that her father was not going to wait for the cancer to kill him. For decades, he had lived in Montana, which they thought was one of the few places where terminally ill people could get a prescription to end their life.

Articles Featuring David Orentlicher

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Campus News | April 14, 2021
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Campus News | January 5, 2021
A collection of stories highlighting UNLV experts and their analysis of all things politics in 2020.
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Arts and Culture | December 30, 2020
A sampling of university experts who sounded off on the year’s monumental movements surrounding race, ethnicity, and gender.
Campus News | November 5, 2020
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