Daniel George Orenstein
Fellow, Public Health Law and Policy Program
Adjunct Professor of Law
Lincoln Fellow for Ethics and Health Policy
Deputy Director, Network for Public Health Law - Western Region


Dan Orenstein is a Fellow in the College of Law’s Public Health Law and Policy Program, part of the Center for Law, Science & Innovation. He is also Lincoln Fellow for Ethics and Health Policy for the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics at ASU. His current research and scholarship focus on issues of public health law and ethics, including emergency legal preparedness, public health emergency ethics, obesity control and prevention, and infectious disease policy. He also lectures on other health law and public health law topics, including health care reform and end-of-life issues.


Dan is also Deputy Director of the Network for Public Health Law – Western Region, part of a national initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to provide legal technical assistance, helpful resources, and connections for local, tribal, state, and federal officials; public health practitioners; attorneys; policy-makers; advocates; and other individuals and organizations committed to improving public health. The Western Region Office provides assistance across 11 states and also works with partners nationally.


Dan received his B.A. with Honors, summa cum laude, in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Arizona in 2005. He then worked for the Donor Network of Arizona in the organ and tissue transplantation field, where he was responsible for medical record review and evaluation of ocular tissue. He received his J.D., summa cum laude, with a Certificate in Law, Science & Technology from the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law in 2011, where he served as Executive Note & Comment Editor of the Arizona State Law Journal, teaching assistant in the Legal Writing Program, and legal researcher for the Public Health Law and Policy Program. As a law student, he was actively involved in pro bono work as president of the Liberty Project and through extensive work with the Arizona Justice Project. He graduated with Highest Pro Bono Distinction and received the Carey/Armstrong Prize for Achievement in Public Service. His student comment, Shaken to the Core: Emerging Scientific Opinion and Post-Conviction Relief in Cases of Shaken Baby Syndrome, which was inspired by his work with the Arizona Justice Project on post-conviction relief petitions, was a winner of the 2011 Burton Foundation Award for Distinguished Legal Writing.




Curriculum Vitae

J.D., Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law (2011)

B.A., Political Science and Sociology, University Of Arizona (2005)