Professor of Law, University of Georgia School of Law
Elizabeth Weeks joined the University of Georgia School of Law faculty in 2011. She presently serves as the university’s associate provost for faculty affairs and holds the Charles H. Kirbo Chair in Law. Her teaching and research interests include torts, health law, health care financing and regulation, and public health law. From 2018 to 2020, she served as the law school’s associate dean for faculty development. Additionally, she was awarded an SEC Academic Leadership Development Program Fellowship for 2021-22.
Prior to coming to UGA, Weeks served on the faculty at the University of Kansas School of Law. During her time there, she was honored with the Howard M. and Susan Immel Award for Teaching Excellence and with the Meredith Docking Faculty Scholar Award, a university-wide honor for faculty who have distinguished themselves early in their careers. Additionally, she served as a visiting professor at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law and the UGA School of Law.
Her scholarship includes the book Healthism: Health Status Discrimination and the Law (with J. Roberts) (Cambridge University Press, 2018) and a health law casebook The Law of American Health Care (with N. Huberfield and K. Outterson), now in its second edition. She has also published numerous articles, including pieces in the Boston University Law Review, the Hofstra Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, the Washington University Law Review, the Georgia Law Review and the North Carolina Law Review. She was recognized as one of four emerging health law scholars nationwide by the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics with its Health Law Scholars Award in 2005. Weeks has also served as chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Law, Medicine, and Health Care, and she currently serves as co-editor of the Health Law Section of the online journal Jotwell.
Before entering academe, Weeks worked as an associate in the Health Industry Group at Vinson & Elkins in Houston. She also served as a judicial clerk for Judge Jacques L. Wiener Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit and for Chief Justice Thomas R. Phillips of the Supreme Court of Texas.
Weeks earned her bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and her law degree summa cum laude from UGA, where she was on the Jessup Moot Court Team, was editor-in-chief of the Georgia Law Review and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. Before returning to her hometown of Athens for law school, Weeks was a psychiatric social worker in Chicago.
Professor Weeks spoke on Jacobson in the Context of Federal Vaccine Mandates.