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Release: March 7, 2003

Leading Health Care Attorney To Visit UI College Of Law

Tony Patterson, one of the nation's leading health care lawyers will be the F. Arnold Daum practitioner in residence at the UI College of Law March 9-12.

Patterson is the partner-in-charge of the Health Law Section of the Dallas office of Fulbright & Jaworski law firm. His primary focus is business and operational issues involving the management of health care institutions and organizations. His practice includes the formation of integrated health care provider systems, advising managed care organizations, hospitals and physician groups, and compliance with laws, such as anti-fraud and abuse laws and patient privacy laws.

Josephine Gittler, a UI law professor coordinating Patterson's visit, said health care law is a rapidly growing area of the law because health care plays such a large role in peoples' lives and is becoming a significant part of the U.S. economy.

"Health care now makes up more than 14 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product and is subject to heavy government regulation," she said. "Patterson's knowledge and expertise of the field will be of great interest to our students, many of whom will in one way or another have to have some knowledge of health care law during their careers."

During Patterson's week at the law school, he will meet with faculty members and make a faculty presentation, attend meetings of student organizations, and meet with faculty and administrators of UI Health Care.

"As an attorney in practice, he'll bring a practical view of health care law to our academic setting," Gittler said.

A native of Binghamton, N.Y., Patterson received his bachelor's degree from Coe College in Cedar Rapids and his law degree from Southern Methodist University. He is the incoming chair of the Health Law Section of the American Bar Association, and is also a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and the Coe College board of trustees. He is also included in Who's Who in American Law and The Best Lawyers in America.

The Daum Practioner-in-Residence Program is named after F. Arnold Daum, a native of Buffalo Center, Iowa, who became a senior partner with a top New York law firm and a specialist in corporate law and securities litigation. After earning his B.S.C. degree in commerce and science at UI in 1932, Daum completed his J.D. degree from the UI College of Law in 1934. He received his LL.M. degree in 1937 from Yale University Law School, where his distinguished academic career was recognized with a Sterling Fellowship in Law. He died in 1983. The endowment was created in 1986 by Daum's widow, Lucile, to bring a prominent judge, leading attorney, or other legal professional to the college annually for several days of interaction with law students and faculty. Many students value the Daum Program as an invaluable enrichment of their legal studies.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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