Prof. Monahan Awarded Young Scholars Medal by ALI
APRIL 18, 2013—Law School Professor and Solly Robins Distinguished Research Fellow Amy B. Monahan has been selected for the 2013 Young Scholars Medal, given by the prestigious American Law Institute.
The Young Scholars Medal, now in its third year, was created to encourage and acknowledge practical academic work with the potential to have a positive influence on the law. The honor goes to only one or two scholars each year, typically in their first decade of teaching, from among candidates nominated by law school deans.
Monahan, who joined the Law School in 2009, focuses her research on employer-provided health care, health insurance regulation, and public and private retirement plans. Because of her scholarly work on regulating the content of health insurance, she was appointed to the Institute of Medicine's Committee on the Determination of Essential Health Benefits in late 2010.
The Committee was charged with issuing a report to guide the Department of Health & Human Services in determining the medical treatments and services to be covered, the "essential health benefits," in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The 18-member Committee of professors, physicians, and medical and insurance professionals issued a report in October 2011 that was used in developing the final essential health benefits package.
"Amy has rapidly established herself as one of the country's top scholars in health policy and employee benefits law," says David Wippman, dean of the Law School. "She's also a terrific teacher and colleague and richly deserves the Young Scholars Medal."
Young Scholars Medal recipients receive a monetary prize, are invited to speak at a future ALI annual meeting, and have the opportunity to help plan an ALI-sponsored conference devoted to issues related to their work.
Professor Adam J. Levitin of the Georgetown Law Center also received the Young Scholars Medal for 2013.
The ALI is an independent organization dedicated to clarifying and modernizing the law. Its 4,000 membership of lawyers, judges, and professors draft Restatements of the Law and publish other revisions that influence courts, legislatures, legal scholarship, and education.