CPIL Admin Director Julie Fellmeth Comments on Statewide Medical Oversight Changes in Sacramento Business Journal

Sacramento (January 17, 2013) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law’s Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL) Administrative Director Julie D'Angelo Fellmeth was quoted in a Sacramento Business Journal article reporting on the transition of medical board investigative officers, medical consultants and support staff to the Department of Consumer Affairs.

A year ago, the Medical Board of California faced sunset hearings and possible shutdown by the end of 2013. Consumer groups mobbed the capitol in March to criticize the board over failure to protect patients from doctors who overprescribe dangerous painkillers.

Ultimately, the state agency that oversees doctors was reauthorized to operate for four more years, but legislation signed last fall by Gov. Jerry Brown moves investigative staff to the Department of Consumer Affairs by July 1, 2014. Town hall meetings with employees, unions and stakeholders will begin this month.

"I have no idea what it achieves," said Julie D'Angelo Fellmeth, administrative director at the Center for Public Interest Law at USD School of Law and a former state monitor of the medical board. "There are now three layers: the medical board, the Division of Investigations and the Attorney General's office. We won't know the actual impacts until after the move."

Read the article on bizjournals.com/sacramento.

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.

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 an 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.

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Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law enrolls 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 law, and taxation.

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CPIL Administrative Director Julie D'Angelo Fellmeth

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