Part-time Faculty A-M
Title: Chief Regional Civil Rights Counsel, US Department of Health and Human Services, Region V
Since 1998, Jerry Meites has served as the Chief Regional Civil Rights Counsel for the United States Department of Health and Human Services in Region V, which covers Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Jerry works closely with HHS’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR), advising and assisting OCR in its handling of complex civil rights and privacy cases. Jerry served as lead counsel in OCR’s Privacy Rule investigations of the CVS Pharmacy and Rite Aid chains regarding reports of improper safeguarding of protected health information (PHI) and improper disposal of PHI in open dumpsters. In January 2009, CVS agreed to pay a resolution amount of $2.25 million, to execute and implement an extensive corrective action plan, and to hire an external monitor to serve for three years. Similarly, in June 2010, Rite Aid agreed to pay a resolution amount of $1 million and to the implementation of a corrective action plan and the hiring of an external monitor for three years. Jerry was also lead counsel for OCR’s massive investigation of the public child welfare system in Ohio which resulted in the imposition of a $1.3 million penalty on the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, as well as numerous modifications to the Ohio Administrative Code and the hiring of an external monitor to serve for five years. Prior to joining HHS, Jerry worked in private practice at McDermott, Will and Emery where he specialized in contested bankruptcy matters, including health care cases, and contested probate matters. Jerry has spoken extensively on civil rights and privacy issues.
A.B., magna cum laude, Political Science, Princeton University
J.D. University of Chicago Law School