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Abbe Gluck

Alfred M. Rankin Professor of Law and Professor in the Institution for Social and Policy Studies; Faculty Director, Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy Yale Law School; Professor of Internal Medicine (General Medicine), Internal Medicine; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health

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Abbe Gluck



bbe R. Gluck is the Alfred M. Rankin Professor of Law and the founding Faculty Director of the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy at Yale Law School. She is also Professor of Internal Medicine (General Medicine) at Yale School of Medicine and a Professor in the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale.

From November 2020 until November 2021, she served in the Biden Administration as the lead lawyer for the White House COVID-19 Response, first for the Biden-Harris Transition and then in the White House, as Special Counsel to the White House COVID-19 Response. In that capacity, Gluck also served as a member of the White House Counsel’s Office, where she was additionally responsible for health care issues across the administration, including the Affordable Care Act.

She is a member of the Affiliated Faculty of the Yale Program on Addiction Medicine, an Executive Committee member of Yale’s ISPS Health program and founded and directs the Yale Law School Medical Legal Partnership Program. She joined Yale Law School in 2012, having previously served on the faculty of Columbia Law School. She is an expert on Congress and the political process, federalism, civil procedure, and health law, and is the chair emerita of Section on Legislation and the Law of the Political Process for the Association of American Law Schools.

Gluck has extensive experience working as a lawyer in all levels of government. Prior to joining Columbia, she served in the administration of New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine as the special counsel and senior advisor to the New Jersey Attorney General; and in the administration of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, as chief of staff and counsel to the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, senior counsel in the New York City Office of Legal Counsel, and deputy special counsel to the New York City Charter Revision Commission. Prior to law school, she worked in the U.S. Senate for Senator Paul S. Sarbanes of Maryland. Before returning to government work after law school, Professor Gluck was associated with the Paul Weiss firm in New York. She earned her B.A. from Yale University, summa cum laude, and her J.D. from Yale Law School. Following law school, she clerked for then-Chief Judge Ralph K. Winter on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Her latest books, The Trillion Dollar Revolution: How the Affordable Care Act Transformed Politics, Law, and Health Care in America, with Zeke Emanuel, and A New Deal For Cancer: Lessons from a 50 Year War (with Charles Fuchs) were published in March 2020 and November 2021, respectively. Gluck’s scholarship has been published in the Yale Law Journal, the Harvard Law Review, the Stanford Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, the New England Journal of Medicine, Health Affairs, and many other journals. Among her most recent work is the most extensive empirical study ever conducted about the realities of the congressional law-making process (published as two articles in the Stanford Law Review); the Harvard Law Review’s Supreme Court issue comment on King v. Burwell, the 2015 challenge to the Affordable Care Act; and a study, published in the Stanford Law Review, of the state implementation of the Affordable Care Act. She is co-author of a leading Legislation casebook, and has served as co-counsel on several major health-law cases, including filing influential amicus briefs in the 2019 constitutional challenge, Texas v. Azar, King, and the 2012 ACA challenge, NFIB v. Sebelius. In 2018, Professor Gluck organized and convened the largest gathering of cancer experts in Connecticut history for a conference on The Policy, Politics and Law of Cancer.

Professor Gluck currently serves on numerous boards and commissions, including as an appointed member of both the Uniform Law Commission, where she serves as Chair of the Health Law Committee and the New York State Taskforce on Life and the Law, and as an elected member of the American Law Institute (ALI). She was elected to the leadership body of the ALI, the Council, in 2018. Gluck received the Law School’s teaching award in 2015.

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