University of Maryland Carey School of Law,
the Network for Public Health Law -- Eastern Region Office, and
the Legal Resource Center for Public Health Policy
500 W. Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Publications and Research
Professor Hoke directs the Legal Resource Center for Public Health Policy (2002-present), funded by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Network for Public Health Law’s Eastern Region (2010-present), funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Kathleen teaches the Public Health Law Clinic through which she engages law students in the work of the Network and Center.
Through the Legal Resource Center Hoke provides technical legal assistance to Maryland state and local health officials, legislators, and organizations working in tobacco control, obesity reduction and injury prevention. Recent work has focused on the regulation of cigars and electronic cigarettes, development of sound policies to create smoke-free multi-unit housing, legislation to prevent injury by requiring seat-belts for all vehicle occupants, and legislative mandates that childcare facilities serve only healthy beverages.
The Network for Public Health Law provides technical legal assistance to national, state and local public health professionals, their attorneys, legislators, researchers, and advocates working to develop sound public policy to improve public health. This assistance often results in the creation of fact sheets, issue briefs, 50-state surveys, webinars, and other useful tools on emerging and persistent public health issues. Under Kathleen’s direction, the Network’s Eastern Region deliverables have focused on environmental health, food safety and injury prevention.
Kathleen formerly served as a Special Assistant to the Attorney General of Maryland, handling special projects in the consumer and health arena, and as an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Litigation Unit and the Opinions and Advice Unit.