CPIL's Julie Fellmeth Interviewed on NBC 7 San Diego about the Medical Board of California's Latest License Alert

San Diego (May 13, 2014) – Julie D'Angelo Fellmeth, the administrative director at the Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL) at the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law, was interviewed in an NBC 7 San Diego news story that reported on the Medical Board of California's (MBC) actions against five San Diego doctors accused of putting patients at risk.

MBC files hundreds of accusations every year against California doctors and is taking action against five San Diego doctors accused of putting patients at risk. Three of the five San Diego doctors are accused of abusing alcohol or using illegal drugs.

"Substance abuse among physicians is a very, very serious problem," said  Fellmeth. "It poses a significant risk of harm to patients."

Fellmeth explains that the MBC did the right thing several years ago when it unanimously voted to abolish its confidential program that purported to monitor substance-abusing physicians without telling the public about their alleged offenses.

"I'd rather see the medical board take public disciplinary action, which patients can learn of from the medical board's website," says Fellmeth. 

Watch the entire report on NBCSandiego.com.

About Julie D'Angelo Fellmeth

Julie D'Angelo Fellmeth serves as administrative director of the Center for Public Interest Law at USD School of Law and editor of the California Regulatory Law Reporter. She supervises CPIL's student intern program, team-teaching regulatory law courses with Professor Robert C. Fellmeth and assisting law students in their monitoring of agencies and drafting of articles for the California Regulatory Law Reporter.

About the Center for Public Interest Law

Founded in 1980, the University of San Diego School of Law’s Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL) serves as an academic center of research and advocacy in regulatory and public interest law. CPIL focuses its efforts on the study of the extremely powerful, yet often overlooked, level of government: state regulatory agencies. Under the supervision of experienced public interest attorneys and advocates, CPIL law student interns study California agencies that regulate business, professions, and trades.

In addition to its academic program, CPIL's advocacy component represents the interests of the unorganized and underrepresented in California’s legislature, courts and regulatory agencies. Particularly active in reforming the state’s professional discipline systems for attorneys and physicians and in advocating public interest reforms to the state’s open meetings and public records statutes, CPIL strives to make regulatory functions of California government more efficient and visible by serving as a public monitor of state regulatory activity.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Celebrating 60 years of alumni success, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law is recognized for the excellence of its faculty, depth of its curriculum, and strength of its clinical programs. Each year, USD educates approximately 900 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 81 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 23rd worldwide in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.

CPIL Administrative Director Julie D'Angelo Fellmeth

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