Quinnipiac-Yale Dispute Resolution Workshop lecture April 9

Feb. 24, 2014 - Michelle Mello of the Harvard School of Public Health will discuss, "Hospitals' Responses to Medical Errors: the Role of ADR," on Wednesday, April 9, at noon in the Faculty Commons in the School of Law Center. The lecture is part of The Quinnipiac-Yale Dispute Resolution Workshop series, which features nationally recognized scholars and practitioners.

Mello is a professor of law and public health in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. She conducts empirical research into issues at the intersection of law, ethics, and health policy. She is the author of more than 120 articles and book chapters on the medical malpractice system, medical errors and patient safety, research ethics, the obesity epidemic, pharmaceutical regulation, and other topics. 

Among other current projects, Mello is studying disclosure and compensation of medical injuries as the recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research and as the lead evaluator for two large-scale federal demonstration projects of "communication-and-resolution" programs, in which hospitals and liability insurers communicate honestly with patients about unanticipated care outcomes, apologize, and in appropriate cases, proactively offer compensation. 

Mello serves as a Key Consultant to the National Program Office of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's program in Public Health Law Research. In 2013, she was elected to the Institute of Medicine.

Mello is a member of the Massachusetts Bar. She holds a JD from Yale Law School, a PhD in health policy and administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M.Phil in comparative social research from Oxford University, and a BA in political science and applied ethics from Stanford University. 

The Quinnipiac University School of Law's Center on Dispute Resolution was established in 1998 with a mission to integrate the theory and practice of dispute resolution. To achieve this mission, the center brings students, scholars and practitioners together for events and activities that allow these groups to exchange questions, insights and information. Even as the center explores and develops the theory of dispute resolution, it works to insure that Quinnipiac law students gain vital knowledge and skills in this growing field.

Quinnipiac's dispute resolution program is ranked 12th in the 2013 issue of U.S. News & World Report. Learn more

To RSVP for the lecture, please email Georgianna Coleman at georgianna.coleman@quinnipiac.edu by April 4. Lunch will be served. For more information, please contact Charlie Pillsbury, co-director of the center, at 203-582-8145 or charles.pillsbury@quinnipiac.edu.