College of Law

Health law expert Zack Buck joins UT Law faculty

Posted August 8, 2016

The University of Tennessee College of Law welcomes Zack Buck to the faculty this month as an assistant professor specializing in health law.

Buck joined the faculty this month after spending three years as an assistant professor at the Mercer University School of Law in Georgia. At UT Law he will teach Health Care Regulation and Quality; Health Care Finance and Organization; and Torts II.

“Health law is a vibrant and growing area of the legal profession, and we are fortunate to welcome Professor Buck to the UT Law faculty,” said Dean Melanie D. Wilson. “His expertise and scholarship in health law bolsters our commitment to academic excellence in the Volunteer spirit and exposes our students to important health law courses to prepare them for practice in this booming field.”

Buck’s scholarship examines the legitimacy of the governmental enforcement of laws and rules affecting health and health care in the United States. Most recently, his writing has focused on how the enforcement of health care fraud and abuse laws impacts American quality of care, with a particular focus on the legal regulation of over-treatment. He has published works in the Ohio State Law Journal, Maryland Law Review, UC Davis Law Review, and Cardozo Law Review.

In recognition of his scholarship, Buck was selected as a Health Law Scholar and participated in the American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics (ASLME) Health Law Scholars Workshop at the Saint Louis University School of Law in 2013. He was also selected to participate in the New Scholar Workshop at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) annual conference in both 2014 and 2015 and as a presenter at the Association of American Law Schools’ (AALS) annual meeting in 2015 as part of the Section on Law, Medicine, and Health Care’s New Law School Teachers Program.

Buck holds a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, a Master of Bioethics degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and a bachelor’s degree with highest distinction from Miami University in Ohio.

Before his time at Mercer, Buck was a visiting assistant professor at the Seton Hall University School of Law in New Jersey and a visiting professor at the Hamline University School of Law in Minnesota. He formerly practiced complex commercial litigation at Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago.