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David Orentlicher

Professor of Law and Director, Health Law Program, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Nationally recognized for his expertise in health law and constitutional law, David has testified before Congress, had his scholarship cited by the U.S. Supreme Court, and has served on many national, state, and local commissions.

A graduate of Harvard Medical School and Harvard Law School, he has published numerous articles and essays on a wide range of topics, including health care reform, physician aid in dying, reproductive decisions, affirmative action, presidential power, and Supreme Court reform. His work has appeared in leading professional journals, such as the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), as well as in the New York Times, Time, USA Today, CNN Opinion, the Chicago Tribune, and other major newspapers.

Since November 2020, David has served in the Nevada Assembly and between 2002 and 2008, he served in the Indiana House of Representatives. He has authored legislation to promote job creation, protect children from abuse and neglect, make health care coverage more affordable, and reduce opioid overdose deaths. His book "Two Presidents Are Better Than One: The Case for a Bipartisan Executive," draws on his experience with partisan conflict as an elected official and his expertise in constitutional law to discuss reforms that would address the country’s high levels of political polarization.


  • 2017–present
    Judge Jack and Lulu Lehman Professor and Director, UNLV Health Law Program, UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law


Member, American Law Institute