Professor Robert Fellmeth Quoted in Los Angeles Times

Bob fellmethPrice Professor of Public Interest Law; Executive Director, Center For Public Interest Law, And Children's Advocacy Institute

SAN DIEGO (July 20, 2021) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL), Executive Director Robert Fellmeth was quoted in the Los Angeles Times on the California Medical Association’s (CMA) cartel-like behavior obstructing efforts to punish bad doctors.

For decades CPIL has fought for better patient protection advocating for better enforcement and disciplinary practices at the Medical Board, often facing fierce opposition from CMA.  According to the article, the battle between would-be reformers and the physicians’ professional association rages regularly in Sacramento. It gained fresh momentum this week after a Times investigation found the Medical Board of California, which oversees physicians, has consistently allowed doctors accused of negligence to keep practicing and harming patients: leaving them dead, paralyzed, brain-damaged and missing limbs.

Robert Fellmeth, executive director of CPIL at USD School of Law, called CMA a “pernicious cartel” that consistently fights to starve the state medical board of the funds needed to investigate doctors.

“It’s very frustrating and they get away with it year after year after year,” Fellmeth said. “It’s been going on for four decades.”

Read the full article in the Los Angeles Times click here.

About 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.

CPIL publishes the California Regulatory Law Reporter, a unique legal journal that covers the activities and decisions of over 12 major California regulatory agencies.

In addition to its academic program, CPIL has an advocacy component. Center faculty, professional staff, and interns represent the interests of the unorganized and underrepresented in California’s legislature, courts, and regulatory agencies. CPIL attempts to make the regulatory functions of California government more efficient and visible by serving as a public monitor of state regulatory activity. The Center has been 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.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

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 law 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 36th nationally among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 22nd nationally in past-year 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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