1999 › Mark A. Rothstein
21st Farfel Recipient
Health Law and Policy Institute
Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of Law
When Mark Rothstein won the Farfel Award
in 1999, he had been a faculty member since 1985, an award-winning
law professor and a scholar at the helm of the university’s
Health Law and Policy Institute, the top-ranked health law program
in the United States. He was the first law faculty member to receive
the Farfel Award.
In January 2000, Rothstein was named director
of the Institute for Bioethics Health Policy and Law, and the Herbert
F. Boehl Chair of Law and Medicine at the University of Louisville
School of Medicine.
Rothstein is a renowned expert in health
law, specifically the ethical and legal issues raised by the Human
Genome Project. His distinguished career includes being named the
1999 National Public Hero of the Year by the University of California
at Berkeley School of Public Health and the Hugh Roy and Lillie
Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of Law at UH.
The Health Law and Policy Institute, under
his direction from 1986 to 2000, has been ranked as the top health
law program in the country and continued that tradition by ranking
first in the U.S. News and World Report Survey in April 1999.
Cornell Law Library named the Health Law and Policy Institute's
Web site, Health Law Perspectives, most valuable law-related
The author of twelve books one of which
is used as the standard reference in the field of occupational safety
and health law for lawyers, Rothstein is the lead author of the
employment law casebook presently used in more than 100 law schools
and graduate schools.
A Pennsylvania native, Rothstein received
his bachelor’s degree with honors from University of Pittsburgh
in 1970. He earned his juris doctorate in 1973 from Georgetown University,
where he served as a law review editor.
Rothstein believed that the Farfel Award
recognizes professors who try to share their expertise with the
community, something he has made a conscious effort to do throughout
his career. Public service should be an essential part of
the life of a university professor, he said. Getting
out in the community should be a goal of all educators. There are
many reasons why: it improves the quality of your teaching and research;
you serve as a role model; it improves university and community
relations; and it helps pay our debt to society. Academics have
a very privileged life, and this should be one way we give back
to the community that gives so much.