Palmer Appointed Professor of Law, Leads New VCU-W&M Health Policy and Law Initiative


Larry I. Palmer has been appointed Professor of Law at William & Mary Law School and leads the new Virginia Commonwealth University - William & Mary Health Policy and Law Initiative. The presidents of VCU and William & Mary announced the initiative in May.

 "In Professor Palmer we have an experienced teacher of law, a productive scholar whose research and writing have focused on health law and policy issues, and a seasoned administrator skilled at bringing people together to get important work done," said interim William & Mary President Taylor Reveley. "It is our great good fortune to have Larry in our midst, bringing his experience and expertise to bear on William & Mary's and VCU's initiative in health policy and law."

In addition to his appointment as a professor at the Law School, Palmer also has appointments at VCU as a professor in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs and in the School of Medicine's Department of Social and Behavioral Health.

Palmer comes to William & Mary from the University of Louisville, where he held the Endowed Chair in Urban Health Policy for four years. He previously was a professor at Cornell Law School for 27 years. During his time at Cornell, he served as Vice President for Academic Programs and Campus Affairs and as Vice Provost.

He is the author of two books, Endings and Beginnings: Law, Medicine and Society in Assisted Life and Death and Law, Medicine, and Social Justice, as well as numerous articles dealing with law, medicine and health policy. He also was the executive producer and author of the study guide of the prize-winning educational video "Susceptible to Kindness: Miss Evers' Boys and the Tuskegee Syphilis Study."

Palmer is a member of the Board of Directors of The Hastings Center in Garrison, New York, and a member of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Advisory Council. Previously, he served as a director of the National Patient Safety Foundation, trustee of the Phillips Exeter Academy, and member of the American Bar Association's Bioethics and the Law Coordinating Committee.

He is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School.