After seven years, Professor and Associate Dean David L. Faigman has stepped down as the founding director of the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy.
UC Hastings Professor Jaime King will take the helm as the new co-director for the Consortium, working with her counterparts at UCSF to lead the organization.
The Consortium was established in 2008, with the mission to develop and support collaborative educational and professional opportunities for students and faculty at UC Hastings and UCSF. The organization brings together the two leading institutions by utilizing research, clinical training, and service to promote interdisciplinary collaboration at the intersection of law, science and health policy.
“I still remember the day Professor Shauna Marshall asked me to lead the UC Hastings side of this historic partnership,” recalled Faigman. “I am extremely honored and privileged to have directed this remarkable collaboration with one of the greatest universities in the world.”
Under Faigman’s leadership the Consortium has achieved major milestones including signing a formal agreement with UCSF, creating the health law concentration, founding the Masters of Studies in Law (MSL) program, and establishing the Medical-Legal Partnership for Seniors (MLPS), among other accomplishments.
“Even though David’s day-to-day role will change, the positive impact of his years as Director will continue,” said Professor Lois A. Weithorn. “He put much of his own scholarly agenda on the back burner for many years to provide to UC Hastings this extraordinary service of building the Consortium.”
Faigman, the John F. Digardi Distinguished Professor of Law, will return to teaching full-time this fall but still has plans to remain active with the Consortium.
“I could not be more proud of how far the Consortium has come, and I could not be more enthusiastic and confident about where it is going,” said Faigman.
“It was wonderful to watch David lead the creation of these programs. The work he has done began years ago and has generated so much for the two institutions,” said Chancellor & Dean Frank H. Wu. “I look forward to the continued success of Professor Jaime King, who is another true star in the field.”
Formerly the Associate Director of the Consortium, Professor Jaime King assumed the post of Director on July 1, 2015. She is looking forward to furthering the dynamic and path-breaking work Professor Faigman began. “It is such an honor to have the opportunity to work with groundbreaking scholars in law and medicine to help improve health care in America. The Consortium is uniquely positioned to drive change by promoting the use of innovative medical and health services research in law and policy. David should be extremely proud of his vision and all that he has created.”
As co-director, King hopes to develop a community of UCSF and UC Hastings students, faculty, and alumni eager to contribute to the Consortium through education, research, and service. “The Consortium creates an opportunity to bring amazing people together to solve some of the most challenging problems facing our nation’s health care system. I am thrilled that I am able to be a part of that and to share those opportunities with the broader UC Hastings community.”