Get Published! The Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics is a nationally recognized, peer-reviewed professional journal and is currently soliciting proposals for short (5-10 pgs.) analyses of recent developments at the intersection of law and medicine.
Proposals should be less than one page and contain: 1) a short biographical statement, 2) your proposed topic, and 3) how that topic relates to the JLME’s subject matter. Please submit proposals to fshalts at jd10.law.harvard.edu by Monday, January 31st for consideration in the upcoming issue. The writing process is fast, and the final product will be submitted February 24th. You may propose any topic of your choosing, but below are several recent topics that the editors believe could produce good articles:
1) A new genetic test can test would-be parents for a range of diseases, creating important medical, legal, and ethical questions for our society: http://www.npr.org/2011/01/13/132908098/new-gene-test-screens-nearly-500-childhood-diseases?ft=1%26f=1128%26sc=tw
2) There have been several design defect cases since Wyeth v. Levine (US 2009) that have involved inquiries into whether it was negligent for the defendant to have sold the (now-FDA approved) product, in other words, essentially second-guessing the FDA’s approval decision, such as: Wimbush v. Wyeth, 619 F.3d 632 (6th Cir. 2010); Lance v. Wyeth, 4 A.3d 160 (Pa. Super. 2010); Barlett v. Mutual Pharmaceutical Co, 2010 WL 2765358 (D.N.H. July 12, 2010).
3) Discuss the new proposed cigarette packaging showing color pictures of corpses, etc, designed to get at some of the same decision-making processes (impulsive ones focusing on good feelings) that makes people choose to smoke in the first place. (http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/CigaretteProductWarningLabels/ucm2024177.htm)
4) Stanford v. Roche was granted certiorari, with a question of who gets patent rights under Bayh-Dole depending on 3rd party contracts. The decision has not yet come out, but it could have far reaching consequences. (http://www.patentlyo.com/patent/2010/11/supreme-court-to-hear-bayh-dole-patent-ownership-dispute-stanford-v-roche.html)
5) Presidential Committee on Bioethics’ report on synthetic biology. The report includes some regulatory recommendations and has a more practical focus than the last commission. This field is young and the recommendations somewhat open-ended, so there is much to write about.