In recognition of his excellence in scholarly and teaching in health law, Paul Lombardo, law professor Bobby Lee Cook, has been named the 2021 recipient of the prestigious Jay Healey Teaching Award. The award was presented to Lombardo at the 44th Annual ASLME Faculty of Health Law Conference by his colleague and distinguished professor of law at Leslie Wolf University.
For more than 30 years, the members of the American Society for Law, Medicine & Ethics have honored the memory of Jay Healey, beloved professor of health law in the faculties of law and medicine at the University of Connecticut, with a teaching award in his name. Healey received the Health Law Teachers Award in 1990, which was renamed in his memory upon his death in 1993. The award recognizes scholarship, passion for teaching health law, mentoring students and other professors, and to be an inspiration to colleagues and students.
“Paul embodies the spirit of the Jay Healey Teaching Award, having dedicated his illustrious career in health law and bioethics to educating his students, colleagues, policy makers and the public,” said Wolf.
Erin Fuse Brown, Professor Catherine C. Henson and Director of Center for Law, Health and Society said, “Paul is such a deserving recipient of this incredible honor, which is essentially a Lifetime Achievement Award bestowed by the Academy of Health Law for excellence in teaching and contributions in the field. . We are fortunate to have him among our teachers at Georgia State. “
As a member of the Center for Law, Health and Society, Lombardo teaches courses in genetics and law, history of bioethics, mental health law and the history of public health law. . Last fall he also taught the Legal History of the US Eugenics Movement course, an area in which he has written extensively, including his book, Three Generations, No Fools: Eugenics, the Supreme Court and Buck v. Bell.
“I first heard about the Faculty of Health Law Award about three decades ago when my University of Virginia mentor Walter Wadlington received it,” Lombardo said. “I am flattered to be able to follow him and so many other great teachers who have been honored in this way.”
During the award ceremony, Wolf spoke of Lombardo’s kindness and generosity to his students and colleagues, and his ability to convey the relevance of the issues and historical examples he studies to those around him.
“For example, Paul personally paid for a historic roadside marker in Charlottesville, Va., The hometown of Carrie Buck, to commemorate the 75th birthday of Buck v. Bell,” explained Wolf. “The marker concisely describes the number of states with eugenic sterilization laws like that of Virginia, what happened to Carrie Buck, the Supreme Court ruling upholding Virginia’s sterilization law, the 8,000 Virginians sterilized under the law and subsequent evidence that Buck and others had no ‘hereditary defects, the laws were intended to remedy.
Nominations were collected this spring and presented to a special selection committee made up of the last 10 award recipients who voted anonymously to select a recipient.
Charity Scott, Professor of Law Emeritus and Founding Director of the Center for Law, Health & Society at the College of Law, also received the Jay Healey Teaching Award in 2006.