CPIL's Julianne Fellmeth '83 (JD) Quoted in USA Today article on Legal Questions in Case Involving Clinic Surgeon Accused of Rape

Julianne Fellmeth

San Diego (March 7, 2018) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law’s Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL) staff counsel Julianne Fellmeth, '83 (JD), was quoted in an article published in USA Today titled “New Legal Questions in Case Involving Former Cleveland Clinic Surgeon Accused of Rape.”

According to the article, a grand jury declined to indict a former Cleveland Clinic surgeon accused of rape after considering the results of a polygraph the doctor passed.  The article states after the Grand Jury declined to indict the alleged victim filed civil suit against the doctor that was settled confidentially.

"The burden of proof in a criminal case is ‘beyond a reasonable doubt,’ which is the highest level required.  In a civil case, such as medical malpractice, it’s ‘preponderance of the evidence.’  In states like California, the burden of proof in a medical board disciplinary matter is ‘clear and convincing evidence,’ which lies somewhere in between that required in civil and criminal cases,” said staff attorney Julie Fellmeth at the Center for Public Interest Law.

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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