The Game Changer: A Look Back at Judge Kessler's Landmark Ruling in U.S. v. Philip Morris

On August 17, 2006, Judge Gladys Kessler of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued her monumental Final Opinion in U.S. v. Philip Morris, the government’s massive case against racketeer cigarette manufacturers. In her exhaustively detailed Opinion, Judge Kessler found the tobacco companies conspired for decades to defraud the public about the health risks associated with smoking. We recently interviewed Sharon Eubanks, lead counsel for the U.S. Department of Justice in this historic tobacco case. You can hear her thoughts on the ruling’s impact, the progress of tobacco control over the last decade, and related issues here.

Public Health Law Center Now Hiring Staff Attorney

The Public Health Law Center has an immediate opening for one full-time, grant-funded, staff attorney. The attorney hired for this position will provide technical assistance to community leaders working to strengthen public policies and advancing health equity by addressing tobacco use nationwide.

Qualifications include: admission to the bar, three (3) years’ experience in the practice of the law, and excellent legal research, writing, and public speaking skills. Preference will be given to attorneys with relevant experience in public health law, housing law, municipal law, or business licensure and regulation. Candidates with experience drafting, implementing, or enforcing local or state laws are also preferred. Occasional out-of-state travel is required.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume, including salary requirements, by e-mail to; by fax to (651) 290-8645; or by mail to Human Resources, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, 875 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105.