Faculty Biography

Richard "Rick" D. Barton

Adjunct Professor of Law

  • JD, 1981, University of Southern California
  • BA 1977, University of California, Los Angeles

Areas of Expertise

Professor Barton teaches in the area of health care law and policy.

Professional Experience

Barton is a partner at the law firm of Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP in San Diego where he has represented health care providers for more than 25 years. He has tried more than 60 Superior Court jury trials and has argued cases before the California Court of Appeal, California Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Barton also serves as a consultant to health care providers in licensing and regulatory compliance issues. Barton speaks regularly on conflict in the Middle East, anti-semitism, the Holocaust, religious freedom, and church-state issues. He has travelled to the Middle East and Europe for meetings with officials of the Israeli government, the Palestinian Authority, and the United Nations and European governments.

Honors and Affiliations

Barton is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He belongs to the Anti-Defamation League - San Diego and received the ADL Torch of Liberty Award. He serves on the Access to Health Care Committee for the County of San Diego and the Joint Medical Legal Committee of the San Diego County Bar Association. Barton is a litigation counsel of America Fellow, co-founder of the San Diego County Medical Society, and a member of the University of California President’s Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture, and Inclusion.

Key Works

Barton served as the primary author of an amicus curiae brief to the California Supreme Court on behalf of Jewish and Islamic medical ethics scholars in Benitez v. North Coast Women’s Group in a nationally publicized matter involving the right of a physician to refuse treatment on religious grounds on the basis of a patient’s sexual orientation. He has served as a contributor to the San Diego Union Tribune on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and anti-semitism.

Spring 2015 Classes

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