Brietta R. Clark

Associate Dean for Faculty 

BA, University of Chicago
JD, University of Southern California, Order of the Coif

Background

Professor Clark is an expert on health care law and inequality.  Her research focuses on the structural defects and biases that create inequity in our health care delivery and financing systems, and the role that law and government regulators play in ensuring equitable access to health care resources.  She has special expertise in the impact of Obamacare on Medicaid and private insurance access, reproductive and sexual health barriers, mental health care, and hospital closings in low-income neighborhoods.  Clark is an affiliate faculty member of The Bioethics Institute at Loyola Marymount University, and provides active service to numerous legal, medical and consumer-based organizations and providers.  

Prior to joining Loyola in 2001, Clark worked in the Los Angeles office of Sidley, Austin, Brown & Wood, specializing in health care transactions and regulatory compliance.  She was a post-graduate Fellow at the University of Southern California Law School. 

Public Service

  • Amicus Curiae Brief of Health Law Scholars, King v. Christie (3d Cir. Mar. 6, 2014) (Case No. 13-5038).
  • Amicus Curiae Brief of Health Law Scholars, Pickup v. Brown and Welch v. Brown (9th Cir. Feb. 6, 2013) (Case Nos. 12-17681, 13-15023).
  • Consultation with various legal organizations on health care regulatory matters such as hospital mergers, discriminatory coverage exclusions, and network adequacy in health plans.
  • LACMA-LACBA Joint Committee on Biomedical Ethics (January 2006-2012); Served on the writing committee for pain management guidelines (Avoiding Problems With Pain Management:  Ethical and Legal Guidelines for Physicians, 2012).
  • Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, Committee on Clinical Investigations (2007 - 2008)
  • Law School Admissions Council - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Issues Subcommittee (Chair, 2007 - 2009; Member, 2005 - 2007); Services and Programs Committee (Member, October 2003 - 2005)
  • California Hospital Medical Center, Institutional Review Board (2001 - 2006)
  • Health Law Section Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (2003 - 2010, past Chair)
  • American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, Board Member & Member of Medical Legal Rights Committee (2006-2011)
  • HIV & AIDS Legal Services Alliance, Board Member & Member of Medical-Legal Partnership Advisory Committee (2007-2011) 

Selected Scholarship

In the News

  • "Demanding Equality in Health Care Reform" American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics (aslme.org) (Nov. 23, 2009)
  • "Clever, Unconstitutional Way to Curb Abortions," San Francisco Chronicle, (sfgate.com) (with Karl Manheim, Nov. 13, 2009)
  • "The Missing Piece of Healthcare Reform," Los Angeles Daily Journal (Oct. 23, 2009)
  • "A Painful Lesson," Los Angeles Daily Journal (July 22, 2009)
  • "What a Difference a Name Makes," Los Angeles Daily Journal (April 29, 2009)
  • "Nonsense for Nonprofits," Los Angeles Daily Journal (Feb. 18, 2009)
  • "Insurance Doesn't Equal Access," Los Angeles Daily Journal (Nov. 5, 2008)
  • "Rapidly Fraying Safety Net," Los Angeles Daily Journal (Sept. 10, 2008)
  • "Rescissions: A Scary Epidemic," Los Angeles Daily Journal (June 18, 2008)
  • South Carolina's Ultrasound Bill is Unconstitutional and Unethical, bioethicsforum.com (April 20, 2007)
  • Bush's Plan is Not the Answer, bioethicsforum. com (Feb. 2007)
  • The Hidden Costs of a Cruel and Unusual Prison Health Care System, bioethicsforum.com (Sept. 2006)