Medha D. MakhloufJanuary 2022 — At the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), it was announced that Professor Medha D. Makhlouf had won the election for Secretary of the Association’s Section on Law, Medicine, and Health Care.

The AALS Section on Law, Medicine, and Health Care compromises faculty at member law schools who teach and research in the field of health law. The purpose of the Section, according to its bylaws, is “to promote the communication of ideas, interests and activities among members and to make recommendations to the Association on matters concerning law, medicine and health care.” As Secretary, Professor Makhlouf will support the Chair and Chair-Elect in the performance of their duties and will produce and distribute the annual Section newsletter. She will succeed to the office of Chair-Elect in 2023, and to the office of Chair in 2024.

In her statement of interest and qualifications for the position, Professor Makhlouf emphasized her expertise on interdisciplinary topics, as demonstrated by her publications and teaching in health law, clinical legal education, immigrants’ rights, and poverty law and policy. She hopes to inspire new ideas for the Section’s programming based on her professional network of faculty from these fields.

The AALS is the premier association of law schools in the United States. AALS Sections are interest groups of faculty members and professional staff organized by legal field or administrative roles. Sections “present programs at the AALS Annual Meeting, provide newsletters for their members, … host awards, offer mentoring programs, and provide exam exchanges, directories, and discussion lists.”

Professor Medha D. Makhlouf is an Assistant Professor and Founding Director of the Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic at Penn State Dickinson Law. She has a joint appointment in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Penn State College of Medicine. Professor Makhlouf’s research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of health law, immigrants’ rights, and poverty law and policy. Her recent scholarship has been published in the New York University Law Review, the California Law Review Online, and the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law & Ethics. Professor Makhlouf’s work is available at