Network for Public Health Law - Western Region

The Network for Public Health Law builds relationships, delivers technical assistance, and provides training to lawyers, public health practitioners, advocates and policy-makers on how to use law to improve the public's health. Technical assistance includes legal guidance memoranda, training guides, legal outlines, and other tools designed to help practitioners apply law to public health.

The Network is organized into five regions: Northern, Eastern, Mid-States, Southeastern and Western. Each region is dedicated to providing public health law technical assistance and support on a wide range of topics to regional states.
The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University houses the Network – Western Region office, which provides guidance and technical assistance to public and private sector practitioners within Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington. It also provides national guidance on Emergency Legal Preparedness and Response and Tribal Public Health Law.
The Western Region is led by Director, James G. Hodge, Jr., J.D., LL.M., at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, and Practice Director, Cliff Rees, J.D. Additional personnel includes Deputy Directors Dan Orenstein, J.D. and Kim Weidenaar, J.D. at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.  Leila Barraza, J.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor, University of Arizona Zuckerman School of Public Health, also works part-time with the Western Region Office together with multiple ASU students in law and policy.