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Administrative Law

Understanding the congressional ‘hand that feeds’

Matthew Lawrence
Professor Lawrence’s articles about health care finance, administrative law, and addictions, have been published or are forthcoming in Columbia Law Review; Florida Law Review; Duke Law Journal; Harvard Law and Policy Review; the Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics; New York University Law Review; and William & Mary Law Review, among others. 

In addition to his teaching and scholarship, Lawrence has considerable knowledge of the federal government’s regulation and administration of health care. He recently served as a special legal advisor to the US House of Representatives Budget Committee (Majority), and also worked on health care regulatory issues during the Obama and Trump Administrations. He was a trial attorney in the Department of Justice’s Federal Programs Branch and attorney advisor in the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of General Counsel in the Executive Office of the President. In 2016, he received an individual special commendation award for his defense of Affordable Care Act programs while serving as trial attorney in the US Department of Justice. 

Prior to joining Emory Law in 2020, Lawrence was assistant professor at Dickinson Law, Pennsylvania State University, and also held a courtesy appointment as assistant professor at Penn State College of Medicine in the Department of Surgery. He was recognized by the American Society for Law, Medicine, and Ethics as a 2017 Health Law Scholar, and is affiliate faculty at Harvard Law School’s Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Bioethics, and Biotechnology, where he was previously a fellow. 

Select Publications

Congress’ Domain: Appropriations, Time, and ChevronDuke Law Journal (forthcoming 2021) 

Fiscal Waivers and State ‘Innovation’ in Health Care, 62 William & Mary Law Review (forthcoming 2021) 

Disappropriation, 120 Columbia Law Review 1 (2020) 

Against the ‘Safety Net’, 72 Florida Law Review 49 (2020) 

Health Insurance’s Social Consequences Problem and How to Solve It, 13 Harvard Law and Policy Review 593 (2019) 

Deputizing Family: Loved Ones as a Regulatory Tool in the ‘Drug War’ and Beyond, 11 Northeastern Law Review 195 (2019) 

Regulatory Pathways to Promote Treatment for Substance Use Disorder or Other Under-Treated Conditions Using Risk Adjustment, 46 The Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics 935 (2018)  

Procedural Triage, 84 Fordham Law Review 79 (2015)