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Professor Timothy Lytton recently published the article “There is More to Transparency than Meets the Eye: The Impact of Mandatory Disclosure Laws Aimed at Promoting Breastfeeding” in the American Journal of Law and Medicine.With co-authors Barbara Dennison, Trang Nguyen and Janine Jurkowski, Professor Lytton examined two New York state laws designed to promote breastfeeding. The team determined that the laws dramatically influenced the way that state regulators and hospital administrators do their jobs.
The study, funded by a three-year grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Public Health Law Research project, has broad implications, as mandatory disclosure laws are applied to other areas of healthcare, as well as regulatory arenas such as consumer affairs, food safety, and environmental protection. The study is one of several Albany Law School initiatives to promote interdisciplinary collaboration between law school faculty, scholars at other area universities, and state regulators.In October, Professor Lytton authored an opinion piece summarizing his findings for the Penn Program on Regulation’s RegBlog, and much earlier this year, in January, he presented a lecture titled “Assessing the Impact on Health Outcomes of Two New York State Public Health Laws Regulating Maternity Care” at the annual Public Health Law Research meeting in Atlanta, also sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson FoundationAt Albany Law School, Professor Lytton is the Albert and Angela Farone Distinguished Professor of Law. He teaches Torts, Administrative Law, and Regulatory Policy. He is author of Kosher: Private Regulation in the Age of Industrial Food (Harvard University Press 2013) and Holding Bishops Accountable: How Lawsuits Helped the Catholic Church Confront Clergy Sexual Abuse (Harvard University Press 2008), as well as editor of Suing the Gun Industry: A Battle at the Crossroads of Gun Control and Mass Torts (University of Michigan Press 2005). He is currently writing a book on the U.S. food safety system. He frequently serves as a resource for the media on these and other topics.