Brietta R. Clark

Brietta Clark
Brietta R. Clark, Professor of Law and J. Rex Dibble Fellow

Professor of Law and J. Rex Dibble Fellow 

Courses Taught

  • Health Law Survey
  • Health Care Access Seminar
  • Reproductive Justice
  • Bioethics and the Law
  • Torts



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


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

  • 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) 

Recent Commentaries

Selected Scholarship