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Peter Joseph Hammer J.D., Ph.D.
(? - living) U.S.A.

Peter Joseph Hammer

Professor of Law


A Professor at Wayne State University Law School since 2003, Professor Hammer specializes in Health Law & Policy, examining the industry from an institutional economic perspective. He is a recipient of an Investigator Award in Health Policy Research from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and served as lead editor for Uncertain Times: Kenneth Arrow and the Changing Economics of Health Care, a book published by Duke University Press (2003).

Before joining Wayne State, Professor Hammer spent several years on the faculty of the University of Michigan Law School. He is presently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health in the Department of Health Management and Policy.

Prior to entering academia, he was an associate at the Los Angeles office of O'Melveny & Myers, where he maintained an active practice in antitrust, health law, and the presentation of expert economic testimony. Professor Hammer received his undergraduate education at Gonzaga University and completed his professional and graduate education at the University of Michigan, where he received a J.D. and a Ph.D. (economics). Before entering private practice, he clerked for the Honorable Alfred T. Goodwin, former Chief Judge of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

Peter J. Hammer filed a lawsuit against Michigan Law School over his tenure denial; he received an 18-12 favorable faculty vote, two votes short of the required two-thirds. Hemmer, whose area of expertise in health law, is now at Wayne State. His lawsuit claims that Michigan discriminated against him because he is gay.


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