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Michael Frakes Joins Law School Faculty

This year, the Law School welcomes Michael Frakes to its permanent faculty as an Assistant Professor of Law. Frakes holds both a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he also earned his undergraduate degree. After law school, Frakes worked as an associate with the Mergers and Acquisitions group of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. He was also an Aging and Health Economics Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research from 2007 to 2009. Most recently, he served as an Academic Fellow at Harvard Law School's Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics.

"As someone who is drawn to both law and the social sciences, I am particularly attracted to Cornell's commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship and to the excellent group of empirical scholars residing at the law school," says Frakes, adding, "I am grateful to be joining the many brilliant scholars and students across the full Law School community."

"We are delighted that Mike Frakes is joining the Law School faculty," stated Stewart Schwab, the Allan R. Tessler Dean and Professor of Law. "He is enormously talented and is already making a mark as a law-and-economics scholar of health care, with experience in empirical methods."

In the coming year, Frakes will teach Torts and Health Care Law. He also continues work on various projects in health law, including an exploration of the relationship between physician practices and medical malpractice laws, and an examination, funded by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, of the effects of statutory rape laws on various teenage health outcomes.

"Health scholars across a range of disciplines will continue to play an important role in providing policymakers and industry participants with the tools they need to push the system forward," says Frakes. "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to play a part in this process."