Professor Emerita Fran Miller honored at AJLM Symposium


Professor Emerita Fran Miller honored at AJLM Symposium


For many here at the law school, there’s a notable absence in the hallways: Professor Fran Miller, who recently transitioned to Emerita status after teaching health law for 40 years.


At BU Law’s Feb. 6 AJLM Symposium “Follow the Money: The Impact of Economics on the Delivery of Health Care,” Professor Miller was honored for her contribution to this field, and her esteemed colleagues spoke on the issues she helped bring to the forefront of the healthcare debate.


However, she’s not retiring completely from teaching. For the next two spring semesters, Professor Miller will be a visiting professor at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. “I’ll be working with the law school’s new federally funded Center for Health Law & Policy, which focuses on improving health care access in the Hawaiian Islands,” she said.


Professor Miller recently gave a presentation to the Hawaii Health Policy Group, about the “Top 10 Public Health Law Advances of the Past Half Century”; on March 8 she will do Grand Rounds in Pediatrics at John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii, on “Gene Therapy and Genetic Enhancement”; and she will be moderating a conference at the University of Hawaii Law School on “The Future of Health Access in Hawaii, With or Without Federal Reform” on April 7.


In the fall of 2010, she will return to the hallways of BU Law in the fall as professor emerita to teach a course on Food and Drug Law. Professor Miller, who has been teaching this class for over a decade, reports that several of her former BU Law students now work for the FDA: one is in the Office of Special Counsel, another heads the Center for Drug Effectiveness’s Office of Compliance, and several more work in the agency.