CPIL's Julianne Fellmeth Quoted in The Modesto Bee Article About Substance Abuse

MODESTO, Calif (JUNE 12, 2017) - University of San Diego (USD) School of Law’s Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL) staff counsel Julianne Fellmeth was quoted in an article published in The Modesto Bee that reported on a former neonatal intensive care unit doctor in Modesto who surrendered his medical license in August following a California Medical Board accusation that he suffered from alcoholism.

According to the article, the doctor was under scrutiny for a drinking problem in 2015 when he cut ties with Doctors. A board-appointed psychiatrist, who evaluated the doctor in August 2015, concluded he struggled with alcoholism and that impaired his ability to practice medicine safely.

Fellmeth said substance abuse is a serious problem in the medical profession. Fellmeth conducted one of the audits showing the state’s previous substance abuse diversion program for doctors was a failure. The state scrapped the program in 2008, though a bill has authorized the Medical Board to create a new program.

“At least 10 percent of the general population has a substance abuse problem at some time,” Fellmeth said. “It is higher for doctors and people in really stressful occupations. It can be 15 percent.”

Read the full article here.

 About Julianne D’Angelo Fellmeth

Julie D'Angelo Fellmeth serves as staff counsel of USD's Center for Public Interest Law and editor of the California Regulatory Law Reporter. She graduated cum laude from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1983; there, she was editor-in-chief of the San Diego Law Review and a member of the second class of interns (1981-82) of the Center for Public Interest Law. Following graduation, she clerked for Chief Judge Carl A. Muecke, U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, from 1983-85, and worked as a trial attorney in the Federal Programs Branch, Civil Division, of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

 About the University of San Diego School of Law

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 800 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 84 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 35th nationally and 6th on the West Coast among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 24th nationally and 6th on the West Coast 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, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.

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