Interim Dean, Loyola Law School
Interim Senior Vice President, Loyola Marymount University
Professor of Law
J. Rex Dibble Fellow
- Health Law Survey
- Health Care Access Seminar
- Reproductive Justice
- Bioethics and the Law
- BA, University of Chicago
- JD, University of Southern California, Order of the Coif
Brietta Clark was appointed interim senior vice president and interim dean of LMU Loyola Law School on July 16, 2023.
Clark, a nationally recognized expert in health law, has used her extensive experience to elevate the law school’s curriculum, guide students and alumni on their career paths, and influence the public discourse via her scholarship, public service, and media commentary. The 19th dean of Loyola Law School, Clark is a J. Rex Dibble Fellow and one of five authors on the ninth edition of “Health Law,” the leading health law casebook in American law schools. She has taught health law-related courses to law students, bioethics master’s students, and undergraduates.
Since joining the law school faculty in 2001, Clark has served in numerous leadership roles, including as Associate Dean for Faculty from 2015-20. She was recently awarded the 2023 David P. Leonard Faculty Service Award by the St. Thomas More Society. She has received recognition for her mentorship by the school’s Black Law Students Association, the Judge Stephen O’Neil Trial Advocacy Mentoring Program (“Young Lawyers Program”), and the Health Law & Bioethics Student Association. Additionally, she participated in the AJCU Ignatian Colleagues Program for leaders in Jesuit higher education.
Throughout her career, Clark’s research and public service has focused on inequity in the U.S. healthcare delivery and financing system – especially its effects on vulnerable populations. She has written and provided testimony about the role that law can play in shaping healthcare access and quality, exploring the causes of unequal access and treatment and offering potential solutions. She has assisted legal organizations working to preserve access to essential healthcare services that are at risk because of hospital mergers or closures in underserved communities, discriminatory coverage exclusions, or inadequate provider networks. She has also provided community education related to national health reform and health-related state initiatives.
Early in her career, Clark helped draft ethical and legal pain management guidelines for physicians during her service on the Los Angeles County Medical Association-Bar Association Joint Committee on Bioethics. She served on the Institutional Review Board for Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles. She also served as a volunteer attorney with the HIV/AIDS Legal Services Alliance.
Before joining the LLS community, Clark worked in the Los Angeles office of Sidley, Austin, Brown & Wood, specializing in health care transactions and regulatory compliance. As a law student, Clark volunteered with the National Health Law Program, which nurtured her interest in Medicaid access and protecting safety-net hospitals in underserved communities. Clark earned her B.A. from the University of Chicago and her J.D. from USC Law School, where she was also a post-graduate research fellow.
In addition to her connections with the LLS community, the activities that spark the greatest joy for Dean Clark include spending time with family, dancing, traveling, nature walks, and getting lost in a good story.
- Testimony on “Health Care Inequity & COVID-19 Disparities” before the Delaware State Advisory Committee to the US Commission on Civil Rights (Oct. 12, 2021).
- 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.
- American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Board Member, Jan. 2021 – present, Member of the Health Law Scholars Nominating Committee, Jan. 2021 – present.
- 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)
- Protecting Health after Dobbs, Hastings Center Report, Vol. 52:6, 6-7 (Dec. 20, 2022).
- Enough is enough: The coverage provision is still constitutional and the court should reject this latest pretext for attacking the ACA, SCOTUSblog (Nov. 6, 2020)
- A Critical Race Perspective on Social Risk Targeting in the Health Care Sector, Online Symposium: Understanding the Role of Race in Health, Bill of Health, Petrie-Flom Center at Harvard Law School, (Oct. 20, 2020)
- Structural Racism in Early & Modern U.S. Health Policy, with Ruqaiijah Yearby, in Health Politics & Policy, Sixth Edition (James A. Morone & Dan Ehlke, eds.) (Cengage Learning, forthcoming)
- Health Law: Cases, Materials, & Problems, Ninth Edition, with Erin C. Fuse Brown, Robert Gatter, Elizabeth Y. McCuskey, and Elizabeth Pendo (West Publishing 2022).
- Commentary on Rewritten Opinion, National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra, Feminist Judgments: Health Law Rewritten. (Seema Mohapatra and Lindsay F. Wiley, eds.) (Cambridge University Press 2022).
- Structural Racism in Historical & Modern U.S. Health Policy, with Ruqaiijah Yearby and Jose Francisco Figueroa, Health Affairs (Feb. 2022) (one of the “Top-10 Health Affairs Journal Articles of 2022).
- Centering Black Pregnancy: A Response to Medical Paternalism, Stillbirth, & Blindsided Mothers, 106 Iowa L. Rev. Online 85 (2021)
- Sex-Based Discrimination in Health Care Under Section 1557: The New Final Rule and Supreme Court Developments, with Elizabeth Pendo and Gabriella Garbero, 33(1) The Health Lawyer (Oct. 2020).
- Health Law: Cases, Materials, & Problems, Eighth Edition, with B.L. Furrow, T.L. Greaney, S.H. Johnson, T.S. Jost, R.L. Schwartz, E.C. Fuse Brown, R. Gatter, J.S. King, and E. Pendo (West Publishing, 2018) (with 2019 & 2020 updates to casebook website).
- Medicaid Access & State Flexibility: Negotiating Federalism, Houston Journal of Health Law & Policy (2017).
- Teaching Health Law: A Journey Through the Health Care Safety Net, 61 Saint Louis University Law Journal 437 (2017).
- Getting People to Make the Right Choice Under the ACA: The Most Important “Sales Pitch” of Obama’s Presidency, 17 University of Maryland Journal of Health Care Law & Policy 3 (2014).
- APA Deference After Independence Living Center: Why Informal Adjudicatory Action Needs a Hard Look, 102 Kentucky Law Journal 211 (2013-14).
- A Moral Mandate & the Meaning of Choice: Conceiving the Affordable Care Act After NFIB, 6 Saint Louis University Journal of Health Law & Policy 267 (2013).
- Safeguarding Federalism by Saving Health Reform: Implications of National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, 46 Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review 541 (2013).
- Medicaid Access, Rate Setting, and Payment Suits: How the Obama Administration is Undermining Its own Health Reform Goals, 55 Howard Law Journal 771 (2012).
- Using Law to Fight a Silent Epidemic: The Role of Health Literacy in Health Care Access, Quality, & Cost, 20 Annals of Health Law 253 (2011)
- An Assessment of the Law School Climate for GLBT Students, 58 Journal of Legal Education 214 (June 2008) (with Kelly Strader, Robin Ingli, Elizabeth Kransberger, Lawrence Levine, and William Perez)
- The Immigrant Health Care Narrative and What it Tells Us About the U.S. Health Care System, 17 Annals of Health Law 229 (2008)
- Hospital Flight from Minority Communities: How Our Existing Civil Rights Framework Fosters Racial Inequality in Healthcare, 9 DePaul Journal of Health Care Law 1023 (2006)
- Erickson v. Bartell Drug Co.: A Roadmap for Gender Equality in Reproductive Health Care or an Empty Promise? 23 University of Minnesota Journal of Law and Inequality 299 (2005)
- The Continuing Battle for Gender Equality in Reproductive Health, Loyola Lawyer (Fall 2004)
- When Free Exercise Exemptions Undermine Religious Liberty and the Liberty of Conscience: A Case Study of The Catholic Hospital Conflict, 82 Oregon Law Review 625 (2003)