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Emily Whelan Parento

Associate Professor
Gordon D. Schaber Health Law Scholar
JD and LLM, Georgetown University Law Center
BBA, the University of Notre Dame


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Professor Emily Whelan Parento joined McGeorge in July 2015 as Associate Professor and the Gordon D. Schaber Health Law Scholar. Her primary scholarly focus is the intersection of domestic health law and policy with the human rights framework for the right to health and health equity. Professor Parento has written in both national and global health law and policy, examining issues such as the impact of the Affordable Care Act on health disparities, legal strategies to strengthen health equity, and global trends in obesity-related regulation. Prior to coming to McGeorge, Professor Parento served as Executive Director of the Office of Health Policy for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, advising the administration of Governor Steven L. Beshear during the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. 

Before her government service, Professor Parento held a fellowship at the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center; she also served as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, where she taught courses in health, food and drug, and administrative law. Earlier in her career she served as a federal judicial clerk and practiced litigation at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York and California. 

Professor Parento has published in a number of venues, including the Indiana Law Journal, the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics, & Public Policy, the Loyola Law Review, and the Hastings Center Report.  In her government service, Professor Parento led development and implementation of multiple grants, including a $2 million grant from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to develop a State Innovation Model Design to transform health care delivery and financing in Kentucky, as well as an award from the National Governors Association to develop a state health workforce plan. Professor Parento has also presented at numerous health policy conferences and symposia and testified at multiple legislative hearings. She holds a JD and LLM from Georgetown University Law Center, a BBA from the University of Notre Dame, and is admitted to the state bars of California (inactive), New York, and Kentucky.

Courses: Affordable Care Act Seminar, Public Health Law, Administrative Law

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