Assistant Professor of Law & Researcher
Dr. Laura C. Hoffman is an Assistant Professor of Law/Faculty Researcher for the Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy. Her work focuses on the research, development, and dissemination of legal and policy analyses that informs and shapes federal and state policy to impact vulnerable populations including children and those living with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Prior to joining the Seton Hall Law faculty, Professor Hoffman worked for Data Federal Corporation as a contract Attorney-Advisor for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) in Cleveland, Ohio where she drafted decisions for Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) on appeals involving disputes over Medicare payments.
Before working at OMHA, Professor Hoffman practiced law in the State of Ohio at both the municipal and county levels. She has also served as a Pro-Bono Magistrate for the City of Parma, Ohio Juvenile Diversion Program.
Professor Hoffman earned her B.A. in Political Science/Minor in Theology cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 2004 where she was recognized as one of its distinguished graduates of the Class of 2004. In 2007, she received her J.D. from Ave Maria School of Law and received a Commencement Award for her commitment to Catholic social justice in the law school community. She earned an LL.M. in Law and Government with a concentration in Civil and Constitutional Rights from American University Washington College of Law in 2009 where she worked as a Dean’s Fellow for Academic Support. In 2010, Professor Hoffman received a second LL.M. in Child and Family Law from Loyola University Chicago School of Law where she represented children as a student attorney with the Loyola Civitas ChildLaw Clinic.
Professor Hoffman’s education culminated in 2012 with a S.J.D. in Health Law and Policy from Loyola while receiving a Public Service Award. Published in its entirety, Professor Hoffman’s doctoral dissertation challenged the federal government to improve access to healthcare for children with autism. While earning her doctoral degree, Professor Hoffman served as a staff writer for the Loyola Public Interest Law Reporter, and assisted drafting portions of the student manual for the Health Justice Project.Additionally, she worked as a Research Assistant to former Seton Hall Law Associate Dean and Professor, Michael Zimmer, on anti-discrimination and international employment law issues.
In 2012, Professor Hoffman presented for the Young Scholars’ Workshop in Labor Relations Poster Session at the Marco Biagi Foundation, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in Modena, Italy, on the issue of employment of people with disabilities in sheltered workshops. Her legal scholarship has focused on children’s rights, Disability Law, and Health Law policy. She has been published in numerous law reviews and journals including the Notre Dame Law School Journal on Legislation, the University of Pittsburgh School of Law Journal for Environmental and Public Health Law, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School Journal of Law and Social Change.
LAW REVIEW ARTICLES
Public Health Regulation and the Limits of Paternalism, Vol. 46, Issue 5, Connecticut Law Review (Commentary Issue) (2014) (Provided Comment to article by Professor David Friedman)
An Employment Opportunity or a Discrimination Dilemma? Sheltered Workshops and the Employment of the Disabled, Journal of Law and Social Change, 16 U. Pa. J. L. & Soc. Change 151 (2013)
Hospital Medical Futility Policy & the Severely Disabled Child: Is Disability a Death Sentence?, 36 Hamline L. Rev. 275, Hamline Law Review (2013)
Inequality, Individualized Risk, and Insecurity, Wisconsin Law Review (2013) (article by Michael J. Zimmer with citation to Laura Hoffman as Research Assistant)
Health Care for the Autistic Child: The Case for Federal Legislative Reform for ABA Therapy, 46 J. Marshall L. Rev. 169, John Marshall Law Review (2012)
Special Education for a Special Population: Why Federal Special Education Law Must be Reformed for Autistic Children, 39 Rutgers L. Rec. 128, Rutgers Law Record (2012)
The Difficulty of Ensuring Access to Health Care for the Autistic Child: Why More is Needed Than Federal Health Care Reform, Vol. 41, No. 3, Southwestern Law Review (2012)
The U.S. Supreme Court’s ‘Disability’ in Statutory Construction: The Debate Over the Interpretation of the Definition of ‘Disability’ Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) & the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, Vol. 14, No. 4, The Scholar: St. Mary’s Law Review on Minority Issues (Spring 2012)
A Federal Solution That Falls Short: Why the Keeping All Students Safe Act Fails Children with Disabilities, 37 J. Legis. 39, Notre Dame Law School Journal on Legislation (Fall 2011)
Sub-Minimum Wage or Sub-Human?: The U.S. Impact on the Civil Rights of People with Disabilities in Employment, Loyola Public Interest Law Reporter (Fall 2011)
The Fight over Fizz: Soda Taxes as a Means of Curbing Childhood Obesity?, 5 Pitt. J. Envtl Pub. Health L. 123, Pittsburgh Journal for Environmental and Public Health Law (2011)
A Matter of Harm: Why the U.S. Congress Must End Corporal Punishment Against Children in U.S. Schools, ChildLaw and Education Institute Forum (2010)
Full list of presentations available in Curriculum Vitae
A Civil Right Protected or Discrimination Continued?: The Dilemma of the Employment of the Disabled in Sheltered Workshops, Young Scholars’ Workshop in Labor Relations—Poster Session (March 2012) (Marco Biagi Foundation, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy)