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Rosen returns to alma mater to teach health law course

By AdvocateDaily.com Staff

Toronto health lawyer Lonny Rosen returns to his roots this fall as an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School.

More than two decades on from his own graduation, Rosen, a partner with Rosen Sunshine LLP, will teach Osgoode’s Health Law course — a seminar aimed at upper-year students — with Kelley Bryan of PBP Lawyers.

“I’m very excited to return to my alma mater,” Rosen tells AdvocateDaily.com. “After twenty years of practice, my passion for health law has never waned, and I am looking forward to introducing a new generation of budding lawyers to the issues which make practicing in this area so interesting.”

Rosen notes that the recent retirement of a long-serving member of the Osgoode faculty provided the co-instructors with an opportunity to put their own stamp on the proceedings.

He says the pair have developed a series of interactive teaching methods, including reviews of the leading cases and commentary on the subject matter, presentations by students on cases or articles of interest, as well as class reviews of scenarios in the news and quizzes on Canadian health-care myths and facts.

“We will of course draw on our own experiences in representing clients in various health law proceedings to help students appreciate how the law is applied to real life facts, adds Rosen.

Students will also get a chance to hear from some of the leading practitioners in the health law field, who will be giving guest lectures.

Some of the topics covered during the 13-week course include:

  • consent to treatment
  • mental capacity and substitute decision-making
  • professional regulation and governance
  • medical malpractice
  • health information privacy
  • elder law issues in long-term care facilities and retirement homes
  • medical assistance in dying
  • human rights in health care
  • hospitals and health-care facilities, including physician privileges, employment issues and tensions between administrators, health-care professionals and other stakeholders
  • reproductive health and surrogacy
  • research ethics

“Overall, the course has a practical focus so that students will gain a basic substantive foundation in the major topics arising in a health law practice,” Rosen says. “We will also engage the students in theoretical discussions touching on these points. As a seminar course, we want students to apply critical analysis to the substantive topics we cover.”

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