UCLA law professor Jill Horwitz is addressing some of the most pressing law and policy issues of our day, including the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and the impact of hospital ownership on the delivery of medical services.  She comes to UCLA from the University of Michigan, where she was a professor of law and co-director of the Law and Economics Program. 

Horwitz received her B.A. with honors from Northwestern University.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy, a J.D. magna cum laude and a Ph.D. in health policy, all from Harvard University. Following law school, she served as a law clerk for Judge Norman Stahl of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Horwitz took a few minutes to answer a few fun, random questions in Zócalo's green room before participating in the Zócalo/UCLA panel “Can Anything Stop America’s Opioid Addiction?

What was the last thing that made you laugh?
My dog when I came home tonight.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An international diplomat.

What do you think is the biggest difference between practicing law and medicine?
We’re all about words. And you never have to touch anybody as a lawyer.

What’s your favorite taco filling?
Pork. Should I say that?

Are you Jewish?

What do you wake up to?
try to wake up to NPR, but I never get good reception, so I wake up to fuzzy NPR.

If you could be any animal, which would you choose?
A dolphin because I love the water.

What book have you re-read most?
When I was little I re-read "Little Women" over and over again.

What is L.A.’s biggest advantage over Ann Arbor besides weather?
The food.

How do you procrastinate?
Lately it’s the refresh button on every political website.