Western Region Leaders

James G. Hodge, Jr.

Principal Investigator/ Director

(480) 727-8576


James Hodge

Through scholarly and applied work, James G. Hodge, Jr., J.D., LL.M., delves into multiple areas of public health law, global health law, ethics and human rights. James teaches Health Law, Ethics and Policy; Public Health Law and Ethics; and Global Health Law and Policy at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. He is also an adjunct professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Georgetown University Law Center, and a senior scholar at the Centers for Law and the Public’s Health: A Collaborative at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities. The recipient of the 2006 Henrik L. Blum Award for Excellence in Health Policy from the American Public Health Association, James has drafted (with others) several public health law reform initiatives including the Model State Emergency Health Powers Act in 2001. His diverse, funded projects include work on (1) emergency legal preparedness; (2) the legal framework underlying the use of volunteer health professionals during emergencies; (3) historical and legal bases underlying school vaccination programs; (4) legal and ethical distinctions between public health practice and research; (5) legal underpinnings of partner notification and expedited partner therapies; (6) public health information privacy law and policy; and (7) legal support for health impact assessments (HIAs).

Leila Barraza


(520) 626.0720


Leila Barraza, J.D., M.P.H., is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Community, Environment, & Policy in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona. Previously, Leila served as Deputy Director of the Network for Public Health Law – Western Region Office and a Fellow and Adjunct Professor in the Public Health Law and Policy Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University. She has been published in several scholarly journals, including the Duke Forum for Law & Social Change, Jurimetrics Journal, and Journal for Law, Medicine, and Ethics. Barraza has also provided numerous presentations at national and local conferences on a variety of critical public health law issues. She received her J.D., with a Certificate in Law, Science, and Technology, from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and her M.P.H. from the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. She also received a B.A. in Biological Sciences from the University of Southern California. She worked for the Center for Rural Health (formerly Rural Health Office) at the Zuckerman College of Public Health, providing assistance to rural and tribal hospitals and clinics, prior to attending law school. Following law school, Leila served as a Law Clerk for the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One.

Chelsea Gulinson

Staff Attorney

(480) 727.2091


Chelsea Gulinson, JD, is a Research Scholar with the Center for Public Health Law and Policy, and a Staff Attorney with the Network for Public Health Law – Western Region. She received her JD from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, in May 2018, with certificates in Health Law and Policy, and Genomics & Biotechnology. She also received her BA in Philosophy from Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University. Her comment, Embryonic Stem Cell Tourism, was published in Jurimetrics Journal and won the Ross Blakley Law Library Award for Exemplary Student Research. During law school, she was president of the Women Law Students’ Association, on the board of Health Law Society, and an articles editor for Jurimetrics Journal. She previously worked for the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (Arizona’s Medicaid Agency) in their Office of Administrative Legal Services, and Phoenix Children’s Hospital with their Assistant General Counsel. She is passionate about public health law, with particular interests in public health emergencies, the opioid crisis, reproductive health and technology, obesity prevention, and food security.