Left Photo: (From left) Elizabeth Valencia, MD, JD, FCLM (ACLM Governor); Willie Underwood III, MD, MSc, MPH, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association (Keynote Speaker at the ACLM 64th Annual Conference); and Richard Kelly, MD, JD, MPH, FCLM, DABLM (ACLM Treasurer and Co-Chair of the Annual Conference) at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay in San Diego, California, March 1, 2024.

Middle Photo: (From left) Eli N. Avila, MD, JD, MPH, FCLM, DABLM (then ACLM President) passed the ceremonial gavel to Michael Vinluan, MD, JD, FCLM (then ACLM President-Elect and now President) at the Annual Awards Banquet of ACLM, at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay in San Diego, California, March 2, 2024.

Right Photo: Then ACLM President Eli N. Avila, MD, JD, MPH, FCLM, DABLM, addressed the Fellows of the College during the Annual Fellows Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay in San Diego, California, on March 2, 2024.  

The American College of Legal Medicine (ACLM) is the most prominent professional society in the United States concerned with addressing issues that arise at the interface of law and medicine. ACLM represents the specialty of Legal Medicine in the American Medical Association House of Delegates.

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Academic Regalia of the Fellows

The interface of law and medicine

Introducing the distinguished academic regalia of the Fellows of the American College of Legal Medicine, featuring purple velvet front panels and three chevrons on each sleeve symbolizing the law degree. The velvet portion of the hood varies depending on the recipient’s additional degree (hunter green for medicine, lilac for dentistry, etc.). The hood silk lining has the ACLM colors, which are blue and gold, as found in the ACLM logo. Accompanied by an elegant eight-sided purple doctoral tam, this regalia embodies scholarly excellence. Notably, the presidential regalia includes an extra fourth chevron on each sleeve and the revered beefeater, exclusively reserved for the President or Past Presidents of the College, honoring their dedication and leadership within the College.

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National Health Law Moot Court Competition

For almost three decades, ACLM has stood as a stalwart supporter and sponsor of the esteemed National Health Law Moot Court Competition. Since 1995, we’ve proudly co-sponsored this prestigious event, offering law students a gateway to the intricate intersection of healthcare and law, where advocacy meets innovation. Since its inception in 1992, the National Health Law Moot Court Competition has been the premier platform for students to dive deep into complex legal scenarios within the healthcare sector. It’s a journey of discovery, where participants not only enhance their advocacy skills but also gain a profound understanding of the critical issues shaping our healthcare landscape. Our heartfelt appreciation goes to our invaluable partner, Southern Illinois University School of Law, for their unwavering dedication to hosting and nurturing this intellectual battleground. Together, we’ve fostered an environment where legal excellence thrives and where the next generation of legal luminaries is born. At ACLM, our mission is clear: to advance scholarship, advocacy, and education in legal medicine. The National Health Law Moot Court Competition embodies this mission, serving as a beacon of excellence and a testament to our unwavering commitment to advance legal medicine in academia.

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65th Annual Conference

February 28th – March 2nd

Mark your calendars for February 28 to March 2, 2025, as we gather at the vibrant University of Houston. Co-sponsored by the University of Houston School Law Center and College of Medicine, our conference will offer a scholarly cutting-edge analysis of the latest issues in legal medicine and health law.

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2025 Annual Fellows Meeting

Join us at the University of Houston to discuss the state of our College and shape the future of ACLM for the next generation of medical-legal professionals.

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Membership Benefits

Are you at the interface of law and medicine?

The American College of Legal Medicine is one of the oldest and most prominent professional societies in the field of Legal Medicine. Shape the future of Legal Medicine and enjoy the many benefits of being an ACLM Fellow or Member.

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ACLM Updates

Read the latest President’s Letter and learn about our recent and upcoming activities plus other announcements from ACLM.

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Authored by the American College of Legal Medicine and the American Board of Legal Medicine, Legal Medicine: Health Care Law and Medical Ethics, 8th Edition, remains the premier treatise in this increasingly important area of medical practice. In the midst of a progressively litigious culture, this essential reference provides up-to-date information on topics surrounding professional medical liability, the business aspects of medical practice, and medicolegal and ethical issues, offering comprehensive discussions on a myriad of topics that healthcare professionals face every day.

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