Zack Buck

Associate Professor of Law
Zack Buck
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Law 367
  • Bioethics
  • Health Law
  • Tort Law

Zack Buck

Associate Professor of Law

Professor Zack Buck specializes in health law.

Professor Buck’s scholarship examines the enforcement of laws that affect health and health care in the United States. Most recently, his writing has focused on the future of the Affordable Care Act, the legal rules that govern overtreatment, the regulation of pharmaceutical drug prices and hospitals, and the intersection between healthcare finance and medical quality.

Professor Buck is the author of more than 15 law review articles and has published with the law reviews of California-Berkeley, North Carolina, Ohio State, Wake Forest, Boston College, Maryland, and Florida State, among others. Buck has also been quoted in national outlets such as CNN, USA Today, and the Los Angeles Times, and is a frequent contributor to the online journal, Jotwell.

In his eight years at Tennessee, Professor Buck has frequently been honored for his teaching, research, and service.

He has won student-selected awards for his teaching, recognized both as the College of Law’s teacher of the year with the 2019 Harold Warner Outstanding Teacher Award, and the 2023 Outstanding Teacher as part of the Physician Executive MBA Program at the Haslam College of Business. Professor Buck has had his scholarship recognized through receiving the Marilyn V. Yarbrough Faculty Award for Writing Excellence (2016), the Wilkinson Junior Research Professorship (2017), and the John Reginald Hill Faculty Scholar Award (2022). And he won the 2019 Forrest W. Lacy Award for outstanding contributions to the UT Law moot court program. 

Professor Buck previously taught at Mercer University School of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law, and at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, and formerly practiced complex commercial litigation at Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago.

Professor Buck holds a BA in Political Science and Journalism from Miami University (OH), a Masters in Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. At UT Law, he teaches a bioethics and public health seminar, torts, health care finance and organization, health care regulation and quality, and health care fraud and abuse.

  • Education & Experience
  • Publications

J.D., 2009, University of Pennsylvania Law School

M.BE., 2009, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

B.A., 2006, Political Science and Journalism, Miami University

Social Science Research Network (SSRN)

Full list of SSRN scholarly papers