Leonard Nelson III, JD

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Leonard J. Nelson, III has been an adjunct professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health since 1987. He has been a Senior Scholar at the Lister Hill Center for Health Policy at UAB since 1991 where he currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board. From 1984 to 2013, he was a professor at Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, where he taught torts and health care law and also served as Associate Dean.  From 1998-1999, he was a Visiting Professor at Chapman University School of Law in Orange, California, where he also served as Associate Dean.  From 1999-2004, he was a Summer Sessional Instructor at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law in Victoria, British Columbia, where he taught comparative health law. He is a Fellow at the Healthcare Ethics and Law (HEaL) Institute at Samford University and Chair of an IRB at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham.

Previously, he served on the Ethics Committee at Carraway Medical Center in Birmingham. He has his BA magna cum laude from the University of Washington, JD cum laude from Gonzaga University, and LLM from Yale Law School. From 1975-1976, he served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Charles F. Stafford at the Supreme Court of Washington. Professor Nelson has also completed the Summer Seminar in Clinical Ethics at the University of Washington. He has written articles on a variety of topics related to health care law that have been published in peer-reviewed journals and law reviews. His book, Diagnosis Critical: The Urgent Threats Confronting Catholic Health Care, was published in 2009.