Are individuals responsible for their own health? Or does the health of individuals depend upon the health of their communities? And, can we have healthy communities without restricting individual choice? Conflicts between individual choice and collective action underlie many of the most contested and challenging debates relating to health and health care, from the very existence of Obamacare to government responses to the obesity and tobacco epidemics. This conference will bring together legal and public health scholars and practitioners from across the country to discuss and chart the role of individual choice and public action in response to these — and many more —  public health debates. 

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Raytheon Amphitheater, Egan Research Center

Keynote Speakers: 

Jon Hanson
Alfred Smart Professor of Law and
Director, Project on Law and Mind Sciences,
Harvard Law School

Sandro Galea
Dean and Robert A Knox Professor,
Boston University School of Public Health


Friday, April 15, 2016

8:00-8:30 AM

Continental Breakfast

8:30-8:45 AM


Jeremy Paul, Dean and Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law
Wendy Parmet, Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law; Director, Program on Health Policy and Law; Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Education and Research Support, Northeastern University School of Law, and  Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University

8:45-9:45 AM

Keynote Address

Jon Hanson, Alfred Smart Professor of Law and Director, Project on Law and Mind Sciences, Harvard Law School

9:45-11:00 AM

Plenary Panel

American Health: Individual Choice or Collective Destiny

Sarah Conly, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Bowdoin College
Stuart Guterman, Senior Scholar in Residence, AcademyHealth
Ilya Somin, Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
Ruqaiijah YearbyAssociate Dean of Institutional Diversity and Inclusiveness; Professor of Law; Associate Director, Law-Medicine Center; Oliver C. Schroeder Jr. Distinguished Research Scholar, Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Gary Young, Director, Northeastern University Center for Health Policy and Healthcare Research, and Professor of Strategic Management and Healthcare Systems, Northeastern University

11:00-11:15 AM


11:15 AM-12:30 PM

Morning Breakout Panels

Panel A: The Politics of Public Health

Stephanie Morain, Assistant Professor, Center for Medical Ethics & Health Policy, Baylor College of Medicine
David Rochefort, Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Northeastern University 
Jeffrey Sánchez, Representative for the 15th Suffolk/Norfolk District and Chair, Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, Massachusetts House of Representatives

Aziza Ahmed, Associate Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law

Panel B: Global Health

Gregg Gonsalves, Research Scholar in Law, Lecturer in Law and Co-Director, Global Health Justice Partnership, Yale Law School
Joia Mukherjee, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Global Health Equity, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Richard Wamai, Assistant Professor of African American Studies, Northeastern University 

Brook Baker, Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law

Panel C: Obesity and Chronic Diseases

Andrea Grimes Parker, Assistant Professor, College of Computer and Information Science and Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University 
Lindsay Wiley, Associate Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law
Cara Wilking, Consulting Attorney, Public Health Advocacy Institute, Northeastern University School of Law

Richard Daynard, University Distinguished Professor of Law and President, Public Health Advocacy Institute, Northeastern University School of Law

12:30 PM-1:45 PM


Sandro Galea, Dean and Robert A Knox Professor, Boston University School of Public Health

1:45-3:00 PM

Plenary Panel: Commercial Speech, Individual Responsibility and Public Health

Amy Kapczynski, Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Global Health Justice Partnership, Yale Law School
Aaron Kesselheim, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and Associate Physician, Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
William Sage, James R. Dougherty Chair for Faculty Excellence, Texas Law (The University of Texas at Austin), and Professor of Surgery and Perioperative Care, Dell Medical School

Wendy Parmet, Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law

3:00-3:15 PM



Afternoon Breakout Panels

Panel A: Health Insurance

Allison Hoffman, Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law 
Mark Hall, Fred and Elizabeth Turnage Professor of Law and Public Health and Director, Health Law and Policy Program, Wake Forest University School of Law
Rich Hirth, Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Health Management and Policy, and Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan 

Kristin Madison, Professor of Law and Health Sciences, Northeastern University 

Panel B: Addiction

Daliah Heller, Clinical Professor and Director of Public Health Practice, CUNY School of Public Health
Mary Lou Leary, Deputy Director of State, Local and Tribal Affairs, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)
Josiah Rich, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Alpert Medical School, Brown University 

Leo Beletsky, Associate Professor of Law and Health Sciences, Northeastern University

Panel C: Vaccines: Translating Legal Theory to Practice

Alfred DeMariaState Epidemiologist and Medical Director, Bureau of Infectious Disease, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Mary Holland, Research Scholar and Director, Graduate Lawyering Program, New York University School of Law
Peter Jacobson, Professor of Health Law and Policy and Director, Center for Law, Ethics and Health, University of Michigan School of Public 

Jean McGuire, Professor of Practice, Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University