Visiting Professor of Law and Medicine
Ph.D., Texas Tech University
J.D., Yale Law Law School
M.P.H., University of Connecticut
B.A., Wellesley College
Jennifer S. Bard joins Penn State Law as a Visiting Professor of Law and Medicine for the 2017-18 academic year. She is currently a professor of law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law where she also holds an appointment as professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Prior to joining the University of Cincinnati, Bard was associate vice provost for academic engagement at Texas Tech University and was the Alvin R. Allison Professor of Law and director of the Health Law and J.D./M.D. program at Texas Tech University School of Law. From 2012 to 2013, she served as associate dean for faculty research and development at Texas Tech Law.
Bard also held appointments in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences as a member of the founding faculty of the public health program and as adjunct professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Texas Tech University Health Science Center’s School of Medicine. She has been a visiting professor at Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa, and in the LL.M. program at LaTrobe University in Melbourne, Australia.
Bard has been recognized for her teaching, including being named “Outstanding First Year Teacher” at Texas Tech Law. She has taught Torts, Public Health Law, Human Subject Research Law, and Constitutional Issues in Health Law. She began her academic career as a faculty member at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.
Bard is a prolific and highly successful scholar in the disciplines of law, public health, and bioethics. She has published 30 articles and book chapters, including articles in the University of Utah Law Journal, The American Journal of Bioethics, and the University of Houston International Law Journal on topics ranging from the regulation of e-cigarettes, international human subject research, whistleblowing in higher education, the use of “dangerousness” as a factor in death penalty sentencing, corporate wellness programs, and posthumous reproduction. Her work is widely cited by publications in a variety of disciplines.
Bard has been asked to present scholarly papers at conferences all over the world in law, bioethics, and public health, most recently including the Athens Institute for Education and Research 11th Annual International Conference on Law, Athens, Greece and the European Law Faculties (ELFA) Annual Conference in Istanbul, Turkey. She is frequently sought out by the media on issues of law and public health and has been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal and Money Magazine. She often publishes opinion pieces in print and is a contributing editor to the Health Law Professors Blog, PrawfsBlawg, and The Harvard Bill of Health.
She is an elected member of the American Law Institute and has served as book review editor of the Journal of Legal Medicine, a publication of the American Academy of Legal Medicine. She also was a past-chair of two American Association of Law School's sections: Law, Medicine, and Health Care and Mental Disability.
Following law school, Bard clerked for the late Honorable Frank H. Freedman, chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. She was then a litigation associate at Shearman & Sterling in New York City where she worked on complex commercial litigation and international mergers and acquisitions. Before entering academe, she was an assistant attorney general in Connecticut in the Medicaid Fraud/Whistleblower Unit.
She is a member of the bars of New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia and before the U.S. Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Military Court of Appeals, Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York, and the District of Connecticut.