Professor Leslie Wolf assumes roles as new center director

Meet the New Center Director!

Professor Leslie Wolf assumed the role of director of the Center for Law, Health & Society on July 1, 2014, succeeding founding director Charity Scott. “This is an exciting time for the center,” Wolf said. “The first ten years were about building the foundation – bringing in the faculty to support the courses and programs we now offer. With that strong base, we can look to grow in new areas.”
Before coming to Georgia State University seven years ago, Wolf was on faculty at the University of California San Francisco medical campus. Wolf candidly admits the center was an important factor to her decision to come to Georgia State Law. “I wanted to have colleagues who understood the kind of work I do.” The faculty has continued to grow since Wolf arrived, with a current total of ten full-time Center faculty, two faculty fellows, plus affiliated faculty. “It is a robust faculty that covers the entire range of health law.”

Wolf credits debates over the first “test-tube” baby for her interest in bioethics and her decision to go to law school. She also has training in ethics through the Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics and Health Policy, and a master’s degree in public health. She relies on each of these disciplines in her work. While with the UCSF Program in Medical Ethics and Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS), she developed an expertise in research ethics. Wolf also taught medical ethics to medical students, research ethics to fellows and junior faculty, served on an oversight committee for embryonic stem cell research, and consulted on legal and ethical issues that came up in clinical practice.

Her work at GSU has continued to span the wide range of health law topics. Wolf has taught courses on medical liability, public health law, HIV/AIDS and bioethics. She also has continued to conduct collaborative, empirical, grant-funded research and has published in legal, medical, ethics, and public health journals. “The center has always embraced the whole range of health law topics and approaches,” Wolf commented.

In her new role as director, Wolf shares founding director and Catherine C. Henson Professor of Law Charity Scott’s commitment to continuing the excellent work of the center through collaboration with faculty, students and the community.

“As we go forward, I see no reason to change what we have been doing so well for our students, alumni, the bar and the community,” Wolf said. “And I’m also excited to think about other ways we can connect with our communities, including taking advantage of our new building for additional programming, working collaboratively with colleagues across the university on important health and public health law questions and developing relationships internationally to enhance our faculty’s research and our students’ experiences.”