Brietta R. Clark

Associate Dean for Faculty 

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


Prior to joining Loyola in 2001, Clark worked in the Los Angeles office of Sidley, Austin, Brown & Wood as an associate specializing in health care transactions and regulatory compliance.  She was a post-graduate research fellow at the University of Southern California Law School, and, while in law school, Clark interned at the National Health Law Program in Los Angeles.  Professor Clark remains active in the health law community through her service to legal, medical and consumer-based organizations and providers.  Her research focuses on the structural defects and biases that create inequity in our health care delivery and financing systems, and the important role that law and government regulators play in ensuring equitable access to health care resources. Clark is also affiliate faculty member of The Bioethics Institute at Loyola Marymount University.

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 ( (Nov. 23, 2009)
  • "Clever, Unconstitutional Way to Curb Abortions," San Francisco Chronicle, ( (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, (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, (Sept. 2006)