Scholars in Action
Robin Fretwell Wilson is the Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law and Director of the Epstein Health Law and Policy Program and the Family Law and Policy Program at the University of Illinois College of Law. She is the author of eleven books, including Health Law and Bioethics: Cases in Context (Aspen, 2008, with Joan Krause, Sandra Johnson, and Richard Saver, eds.), The Contested Place of Religion In Family Law (Cambridge University Press, Robin Fretwell Wilson, ed., 2018), and The Handbook of Children, Culture & Violence (Sage Publications, 2006, with Nancy Dowd and Dorothy Singer, eds). Professor Wilson has spearheaded the discussion of the Medicalization of Poverty nationally, including co-editing the forthcoming symposium in the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics. Professor Wilson has worked extensively on state law reform and received the Citizen’s Legislative Award for work on Virginia’s informed consent law in 2007. Professor Wilson is the past Chair of the Section on Law, Medicine & Health Care of the Association of American Law Schools. A member of the American Law Institute, her work has appeared in New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, and Good Morning America, among others. She was named as one of the 150 for 150: Celebrating the Accomplishments of Women at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for its sesquicentennial celebration.
Rummana Alam is a full time faculty member and Teaching Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois College of Law and joined the faculty in 2010. Currently she is collaborating with Carle Foundation Hospital attorneys in teaching Health Care Law Practice. In addition, Professor Alam teaches Legal Writing and Analysis, Introduction to Advocacy, and Drafting for Transactions.
Prior to joining the College of Law, Professor Alam practiced for over four years as in-house contracts counsel for Carle Foundation Hospital, where she focused on health care transactional law.
She holds both a JD and LLM from the University of Illinois College of Law. She also earned a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Science from McMaster University.
Yulanda Curtis began teaching in Fall 2018. As a Clinical Assistant Professor, she is laying the groundwork for her Veterans Legal Clinic and began teaching in Fall 2018. Her Clinic will address the civil and legal needs of veterans and their families. Prior to joining the College of Law, she directed the Veterans Legal Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School. Additionally, she has four years of experience with the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington D.C. She first served as an Adjudicator for their Veterans Benefits Administration before being promoted and receiving the title of Associate Counsel of the Board of Veteran’s Appeals.
Stephanie Davidson is Associate Director for Faculty and Student Outreach, at the University of Illinois College of Law Library. She provides instruction and research support for students in upper-level seminars in the College, including the Children's Health and Violence course. Professor Davidson is nationally recognized for her work on library systems and services in the modern hybrid environment, and also teaches as an adjunct professor in the iSchool at Illinois.
Pia M. Hunter joined the law library faculty at the College of Law as a Teaching Assistant Professor in August 2018. She holds a JD from the University of Illinois College of Law and a Master of Science from the School of Information Science at the University of Illinois. Before coming to Illinois Law, she served as Visiting Assistant Professor and Copyright and Reserve Services Librarian at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where she researched and developed best practices for copyright and fair use for instruction for the UIC campus.
Richard L. Kaplan is the Guy Raymond Jones Chair in Law at the University of Illinois and is an internationally recognized authority on U.S. tax law and policy. In 1992, Professor Kaplan developed one of the first law school courses on elder law, which encompasses Social Security, pension benefits, Medicare, long-term care, and end-of-life issues. He is the co-author of Elder Law in a Nutshell and has served as faculty advisor for the Elder Law Journal since its inception. Professor Kaplan is a research fellow of the Employee Benefits Research Institute and an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.
Jay P. Kesan’s research and professional interests lie at the intersection of law and technology—in the areas of intellectual property (specially patents), innovation, and entrepreneurship as well in data privacy and data security. He has written extensively in these areas (see, http://www.jaykesan.com), and he is also an inventor who holds many U.S. patents and he has worked with numerous technology start-up companies. He worked as a research scientist at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, and at Illinois, he has joint appointments in the College of Law and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Robert Cranston, MD, MA (Ethics), MSHA, FAAN serves on the Carle Ethics Committee and leads the committee and ethics consult team. He participates as a member of the Christian Medical and Dental Association national ethics committee. From 2008 till 2015 he served as Medical Director for Medical Specialties at Carle. He is an ICF-certified executive coach and created and leads the Internal Executive Coaching program at Carle. Cranston is a clinical associate professor at Carle Illinois College of Medicine, where he chairs the Medical Ethics and Humanities thread. He is also a clinical associate professor at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of Medicine.
Jennifer Hardesty is a Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Illinois. Through her work, she focuses on advancing the understanding of intimate partner violence, separation/divorce, and parenting after separation. Through studying how different types of violence during marriage relate to different co-parenting experiences and health outcomes after separation, she will be able to inform prevention and intervention efforts with divorcing parents.
Margaret Browne Huntt is the Assistant Director for Strategic Initiatives and Chief Diversity Officer at the Cancer Center at Illinois (CCIL). She provides leadership and guidance on effective strategies, processes, and deliverables to CCIL leadership to successfully implement new initiatives and integrate new capabilities. She has aided in the assessment and development of several research and strategic thematic areas across campus, bringing extensive collaborations and institutional expertise to the center. She has worked with institutional stakeholders—both internal and external—to determine infrastructure needs and implemented processes to promote collaboration. She plays a vital role in the development and execution of center activities and has proven administrative and facilitative skills enabling the integration of vision, decision-making, and resource allocation.
Ruby Mendenhall is an Associate Professor in Sociology, African American Studies, Urban and Regional Planning, and Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also an affiliate of the Institute for Genomic Biology and the Institute for Computing in Humanities, Art, and Social Sciences. Her research focuses on issues of social inequality over the life course and the role of public policy and individuals’ agency in facilitating social and economic mobility.
Brian Ogolsky is an Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Illinois. He focuses his research on how relational partners maintain healthy romantic relationships across the life course. His work has the potential to inform practitioners and promote policy initiatives designed to enhance family dynamics.
Dr. Lei Shi is a researcher of the Foreign Family Law and Women Theory Research Center in the Civil and Commercial Law School, the Southwest University of Political Science and Law. He teaches Family Law and Chinese Civil Law as a lecturer in this university. He is member of the International Society of Family Law. He specializes in family law and medical law. His present research focus on reproductive law and surrogacy.
His has won Excellent Doctorate Dissertation in Chongqing, China in 2015. He was also awarded the Second Prize Scholarship in the Social Science Association’s second academic year in Chongqing recently.
He successfully applied funding from China’s Law Society and finished two research projects as the research team leader. He has published 2 books already. Other 3 books are in the editing process in the publishing house and will come out soon. He has also published more than 20 articles in law journals such as International Journal of Law, Policy & Family, International Survey of Family Law and Angle Health Law Review etc. both in English and Chinese.
King Li is the inaugural dean and chief academic officer of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. He is a renowned researcher, educator, inventor and clinician in molecular imaging and radiology. Holding 16 patents, with another six pending, he has a long track record of developing and commercializing intellectual property as well as setting up and administering large clinical and translational research programs. As the senior associate dean at Wake Forest School of Medicine, Li was a main driving force in developing a learning health care system in the institution. His broad knowledge and experience in research, clinical, education and entrepreneurial activities make him uniquely qualified in driving change in preparation for value-based health care and development of learning health care systems. His resume includes research, clinical, educational and entrepreneurial roles at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, Stanford University and Houston Methodist Hospital. He earned a medical degree from University of Toronto and an MBA from San Jose State University. Dr. Li also serves as the deputy director of the Cancer Community at Illinois.
Kurt Leifheit is Vice President, Corporate Counsel for Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Illinois. In this role, Kurt represents Carle and its affiliates and subsidiaries in a variety of legal, regulatory, and transactional matters. Kurt received a Bachelor of Science degree from Loyola University Chicago, a Master of Science degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and his Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago. Kurt is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys. He is the Board President of Mid-Illinois Big Brothers Big Sisters and a Board Member of Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation.