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James Franklin Blumstein, American lawyer, educator, consultant. Bar: Tennessee 1970, United States Court Appeals (6th circuit) 1970, United States District Court (middle district) Tennessee 1971, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1974, New York 1985.


Blumstein, James Franklin was born on April 24, 1945 in Brooklyn. Son of David and Rita (Sondheim) Blumstein.


Bachelor in Economics, Yale University, 1966. Master of Arts in Economics, Bachelor of Laws, Yale University, 1970.


Instructor economics New Haven College, 1967-1968. Pre-law adviser office of dean Yale University, New Haven, 1968-1969, senior pre-law adviser office of dean, 1969-1970, assistant in instruction law shc., 1969-1970. Assistant professor law Vanderbilt University, Nashville, 1970-1973, associate professor, 1973-1976, professor, 1976-1999, special advisor to chancellor for academy affairs, 1984-1985, Centennial professor, 1999—2003, University professor constitutional law and health law and policy, since 2003, chair faculty senate, 2001—2002, university professor, since 2003.

Associate director Vanderbilt Urban and Regional Development Center, 1970-1972, director center, 1972-1974. Senior research associate Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies, 1976-1985, senior fellow, since 1985, director health policy center, since 1995. Commonwealth Fund fellow, visiting associate professor law and policy science law school Duke University and Institute of Policy Sciences and Public Affairs, 1974-1975.

Adjunct professor health law medical school Dartmouth University, scholar-in-residence intermittently, 1976-1978. John M. Olin visiting professor School Law, University Pennsylvania, 1989. Elected member Institute Medicine National Academy of Sciences, since 1990.

Board directors St. Thomas Health Sciences Foundation, Alive Hospice, Nashville. Consultant law, health policy, civil and voting rights, land use, state taxation, torts. Lecturer in field; scholar-in-residence, Rodert Wood Jonson Health Policy Center, Meharry Medical College, 2010-2011.


  • Bar: Tennessee 1970, United States Court Appeals (6th circuit) 1970, United States District Court (middle district) Tennessee 1971, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1974, New York 1985.



Member Health Economics Task Force, Middle Tennessee Health Systems Agency, 1979. Member Nashville Mayor's Commission on Crime, 1981. Chairman Yale Alumni Schools Committee Middle Tennessee, since 1983.

Secretary Martin Luther King Junior Holiday Committee, State of Tennessee, 1985—1987. Member Tennessee Governor's Task Force Medicaid, 1992—1994. Active Institute Medicine Committee on Adequacy of Nursing Staffing, 1994—1996.

Chairman Tennessee advisory committee United States Commission on Civil Rights, 1985—1991, member, 1991—1997. Board directors Alive Hospital, 2005—2011, St. Thomas Health Services Foundation. Member advisory board League of Women Voters, 1979—1980.

Board directors Jewish Federation Nashville and Middle Tennessee, 1981—1990, member executive committee, 1988—1990, chairman community relations committee, 1980—1982, chairman campus committee, 1987—1989. Chairman task force cost containment and medical malpractice Rand Corporation, 1991—1992. Member advisory panel Office Technology Assessment study of defensive medicine and use of medical technical, 1991—1994.

Member advisory committee on The Records of Congress, 1997—1999. Consultant Leadership Nashville, since 1977, Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission, 1986—1987, Leadership Music, 1989—2002, Tenncare Reform Project, Office Governor Phil Bredesen, since 2004, Academy Country Music, 2005. Panelist American Arbitration Association, 1977—2002.

Member American Bar Association (secretary section legal education and admissions to bar 1982-1983, chairman subcommittee on state and local taxation committee on corporation law and taxation section on corporation, banking and business law since 1983, member accreditation committee section legal education and admissions to bar 1983-1989, member committee on state and local taxation section on taxation since 1983), National Academy of Sciences (institute of medicine), Association American Law Schools (chairman law, medicine and health care section 1987-1988, member executive committee 1988-1992, 2d vice chairman section local government law 1976-1978, member section council 1980-1986), Tennessee Bar Association (President's award 2004), New York State Bar Association, Nashville Bar Association (Liberty Bell award 1987), Association Yale Alumni (delegate), Yale University Law School Alumni Association (executive committee 1985-1988), University Club (Nashville).


Married Andree Kahn, June 25, 1971.

David Blumstein

Rita (Sondheim) Blumstein

Andree Kahn