2014 Belmont Law Review Symposium

Health Care in the Balance: Weighing Competing Interests in Health Care Law

Health care law involves some of the most fundamental questions about our national values, public policy, and ethics. Our 2014 Symposium seeks to address those issues through exploring discrete areas of health care law that require a balancing of competing interests. For instance, health care law requires a balancing of costs and quality of health care and a balancing of individual freedom and equality. Presenters are being asked to choose a discrete, particular area of health care law and explore the competing interests at play.  

This year's Annual Symposium will be held on Friday, October 17, 2014, at the Baskin Center, home of Belmont University College of law.  To register for the 2014 Symposium, please complete the symposium registration form and email it to or mail a hard copy to Belmont Law Review, Attn: Professor Jeffrey Usman, 1900 Belmont B.vd. Nashville, TN 37212.  For additional inquiries regarding the 2014 Symposium, please contact the Symposium Editor, Spencer Green, at

2014 Symposium Agenda


8:45 a.m Welcoming Remarks

Alberto Gonzales, Dean of Belmont University College of Law

Tiffany Sherrill, Belmont Law Review Symposium Editor


9:00 a.m. Legislating Autism Coverage: The Conservative Insurance Mandate

Lorri Unumb, Vice President of State Government Affairs for Autism Speaks


9:45 a.m. Break


9:50 a.m. Compelling Interests, Hobby Lobby and Population Health

Professor John D. Blum, the John J. Waldron Research Professor Chair at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law


10:35 a.m. Break


10:45 a.m. Health Care Law and Policy Address

Congressman Jim Cooper, the United States Representative for Tennessee’s 5th congressional district


11:30 a.m. Lunch / Optional Law School Tours


12:45 p.m. The Due Process Conundrum: Using Matthews v. Eldridge as a Standard for Private Hospitals under the Healthcare Quality Improvement Act

Professor Amy Moore, Associate Professor of Law at Belmont University College of Law


1:30 p.m. Break


1:35 p.m. Our Patent System and Healthcare Information Technology: Valuable Incentive or Impediment to Innovation?

Gary Montle, Attorney at Waddey Patterson PC and Ryan Levy, Shareholder at Waddey Patterson PC


2:20 p.m. Break 

2:25 p.m. For Patients and Profits: The Business of Dialysis & The Necessity of Ethical  Astuteness

Professor Joshua Perry, Assistant Professor of Business Law and Ethics at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business


3:10 p.m. Closing Remarks

Robert Martin, Belmont Law Review Editor-in-Chief