Distinguished lecture in health law returns for discussion about health care reform
Public Relations - Published: November 17, 2009
RaynesMcCartyStarrPromoWidener University School of Law is pleased to announce that Princeton University Professor Paul Starr will deliver the fifth-annual Raynes McCarty Distinguished Lecture in Health Law on Widener’s Delaware campus and at The Union League of Philadelphia, both on Thursday, Nov. 19.


Starr holds the Stuart Chair in Communications and Public Affairs at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. His lecture, “Health Care Reform: The Long View,” is expected to put the current political battle over health-care reform into historical perspective and explore the future of the health-care system.

Starr received the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction and Bancroft Prize in American history for “The Social Transformation of American Medicine” and the 2005 Goldsmith Book Prize for “The Creation of the Media.”

He will first give the lecture during a luncheon event at The Union League of Philadelphia. The luncheon begins at noon and the lecture starts at 12:30 p.m. He will repeat the talk that day for the law school community at 4 p.m. in the Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom on the Delaware campus.

One substantive Delaware and Pennsylvania continuing legal education credit is available for attendance at either lecture. There is no cost to attend either event, including the luncheon, thanks to a generous gift from the Raynes McCarty law firm, based in Philadelphia. Raynes McCarty attorneys represent the catastrophically injured in the courts and the legislature. It is one of the country’s most philanthropic and civic-minded firms.

The Health Law Institute on Widener University School of Law’s Delaware campus is frequently ranked among the top-10 programs in the nation. Institute Director and Law Professor John G. Culhane said the Law School is proud to host Starr.

“We are delighted that Paul Starr will be our Raynes McCarty lecturer this year,” Culhane said. “He has a powerful command of the issues on health-care reform and, as someone even the White House has looked to for advice, should provide a thought-provoking hour of discussion. His remarks come at a time when health-care reform is at the height of our nation’s consciousness. Widener’s Health Law Institute is pleased to again present such a high-quality lecture on such a timely topic. I encourage the legal community and the Widener family to come out in force for this important event.”

Starr has written extensively on American society, politics, and domestic and foreign policy. He co-founded “The American Prospect” nearly 20 years ago with Robert Kuttner and Robert Reich. The liberal magazine about politics, policy and ideas is published monthly in print and online. His short book “The Logic of Health-Care Reform,” published in 1992 and reissued in a revised and expanded edition in 1994, laid out the case for a system of universal health insurance and managed competition. He served as a senior advisor at the White House during 1993, in the formulation of the Clinton health plan.

Attorneys interested in attending either lecture and receiving the continuing legal education credit may register by calling Karla Harris at 302-477-2704 or emailing kmharris@widener.edu. There is no fee but space is limited. Business attire is required.