42 J.L. Med. & Ethics 1 (2014)

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR


THE RIGHT NOT TO KNOW * SPRING 2014


While the Journal ofLaw, Medicine & Ethics is the most
          important and most consistent feature of membership
          in the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics, it
is never a bad time to remind readers about all of the other great
programs sponsored by ASLME. First is our signature conference,
Health Law Professors (HLP), which is now in its 37th year. This
year HLP will be held at the University of California's Hastings Col-
lege of the Law in San Francisco from June 5-7. The Health Law
Professors conference is ASLME's oldest and best-loved conference;
it is a once-a-year chance for many old friends and colleagues to
meet and catch up. We hope to see you there - whether you are an
old friend or a new one.
  ASLME is also co-sponsoring two other conferences we are
extraordinarily proud to be a part of in 2014. The first is the 2014
Summer Institute for Informed Patient Choice: The Legal and
Ethical Implications of Keeping Patients in the Dark, which will be
held at beautiful Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire
on June 25-27. Patient choice and patient safety, which are vital
planks in the mission ofASLME, are central to the questions being
asked at this conference. ASLME, among other sponsoring duties,
will be awarding continuing legal and medical credits to attendees.
Secondly, in the autumn of this year, ASLME will serve for the ith
time as sponsor and host of the Public Health Law Conference in
Atlanta, Georgia. As in recent years, this conference will be held at
the Loews Hotel on October 16-17. For more than a decade, we have
watched the Public Health Law conference (under different names)
grow from a modest meeting of around one hundred attendees
to the position it holds today as one of the most important public
health conferences in the county. This year's agenda promises to be
even more exciting and thought-provoking than in previous years.
Everyone is warmly invited to attend these conferences and all of
our other events.
  Remarkably, even this packed conference schedule only scratches
the surface ofASLME's activities. We continue, for instance, with
our monthly public health law webinar series, which is produced
in partnership with the Public Health Law Network and the Pub-
lic Health Law Research Program. Our monthly newsletter, the
ASLME Insider, continues to be an important source of news,
information, and job announcements in the field of health law. Our
sister publication, the American Journal ofLaw & Medicine, just
completed another fascinating symposium on ACA implantation,
which will be published in the next year. Finally, JLME, still nearest
and dearest to my heart (and no editor would tell you differently)
brings you another excellent symposium. In this issue, Bartha
Knoppers's The Right Not to Know explores the question of when
not to tell patients and research subjects about incidental findings
and genetic research results, and what rights patients themselves
have in the matter. We hope you enjoy this and all the many ben-
efits ofASLME membership.

                                              Ted Hutchinson
                                                       Editor
                                                       JLME
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