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Events 2020-2021 Events

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we moved quickly to transition previously on-the-ground events to virtual opportunities to connect. Check back regularly as we build our virtual programming. 

COVID-19: Law and Social Justice Community Conversations

This fall, the Center for Health Policy and Law will host a series of community conversations exploring the impact that COVID-19 has had, and will likely continue to have, on various issues related to health and human rights. 

Each week, the conversation will start with a brief overview of the evening’s topic, followed by what we hope is a robust question and discussion period among those in attendance. 

This a virtual series, open to all! Please see below for the full schedule and zoom links for each session.

Questions? Email

2020 - 2021 VIRTUAL EVENTS 

September 14, 2020 | 6:30 - 7:30 PM

COVID-19: Law and Social Justice Community Conversation
Legal and Policy Assessment of COVID-19
Hosted by 
Professor Wendy E. Parmet and Faith Khalik

Contact to request the Zoom login credentials.

September 16-17, 2020

2020 Public Health Law Virtual Summit: COVID-19 Response and Recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging public health in unprecedented ways, and is exposing structural failures and health inequities that further exasperate the impact of the virus. As the nation continues to grapple with the ongoing pandemic, Northeastern Law's Center for Health Policy and Law has joined with the the Network for Public Health and other public health law partners, to produce an expansive report, Pandemic Policymaking: Assessing Legal Responses to COVID-19, that includes critical analyses and recommendations from national experts convened to assess the U.S. policy response to the crisis to date. Many of these experts, including Northeastern Law Professors Patricia Williams, Wendy Parmet and Leo Beletsky and affiliated health law scholar Dr. Michael S. Sinha, will present their key findings at this virtual Summit, and propose paths forward to more effective and equitable response and recovery efforts.

September 21 | 6:30 - 7:30 PM

COVID-19: Law and Social Justice Community Conversation
Healthcare Worker Safety and PPE
Hosted by Michael S. Sinha, Visiting Scholar, Northeastern University School of Law

Contact to request the Zoom login credentials.

September 30 | 12:00 – 1:30 PM

Health Law Roundtable
Dr. Michael Sinha
Visiting Scholar, Northeastern University School of Law
Regulatory Science Fellow, Harvard-MIT Center for Regulatory Science, Harvard Program in Therapeutic Science (HiTS), Harvard Medical School 

Contact to request the Zoom login credentials.

October 5, 2020 | 6:30 - 7:30 PM

COVID-19: Law and Social Justice Community Conversation
Racial Justice
Hosted by Professor Aziza Ahmed

Contact to request the Zoom login credentials.

October 19, 2020 | 6:30 - 7:30 PM

COVID-19: Law and Social Justice Community Conversation
Carceral Systems
Hosted by Professor Leo Beletsky

Contact to request the Zoom login credentials.

October 26, 2020 | 6:30 - 7:30 PM

COVID-19: Law and Social Justice Community Conversation
Hosted by Professor Jeremy Paul

Contact to request the Zoom login credentials.

October 28 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM

Health Law Roundtable
Kimani Paul-Emile
Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law
Associate Director and Head of Domestic Programs and Initiatives, Center on Race, Law & Justice
Faculty Co-Director, Stein Center for Law & Ethics

Contact to request the Zoom login credentials. 

November 2 | 6:30 - 7:30 PM

COVID-19: Law and Social Justice Community Conversation
Domestic Violence
Hosted by Margo Lindauer and Morgan Wilson

Contact to request the Zoom login credentials.

November 6, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM | Virtual 

Annual Health Law Lecture
Civil Rights During a Pandemic: Privacy, Protest and Racial Justice
Featuring Esha BhandariSenior Staff Attorney, Speech, Privacy & Technology Project, ACLU

November 9 | 6:30 - 7:30 PM

COVID-19: Law and Social Justice Community Conversation
Vaccines and Equitable Access
Hosted by PRofessors Brook Baker and Jonathan Kahn

Contact to request the Zoom login credentials.

November 18 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM

Health Law Roundtable
Dr. Mason Marks
Assistant Professor of Law, Gonzaga University School of Law
Fellow, Information Society Project, Yale Law School
Fellow-in-Residence, Petrie-Flom Center, Harvard Law School

Co-hosted by the NUSL Faculty Colloquium Series

Contact to request the Zoom login credentials. 

January 27, 2021 | 12:10 - 1:30 PM

Health Law Roundtable
Dorit Reiss
Professor of Law and the James Edgar Hervey '50 Chair of Litigation, UC Hastings Law

Co-hosted by the NUSL Faculty Colloquium Series

Contact to request the Zoom login credentials. 

February 9, 2021 | 12:10 - 1:30 PM

Health Law Roundtable
Doron Dorfman
Associate Professor of Law, Syracuse University College of Law

Co-hosted by the NUSL Faculty Colloquium Series

Contact to request the Zoom login credentials. 

March 19, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM 

Northeastern University Law Review Symposium: The Many Faces of Health
The Center for Health Policy is Law is proud to sponsor the 2021 Northeastern University Law Review Symposium. Public health can present itself in many ways. In the wake of the SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 global pandemic and the racial reckoning in United States, many of these presentations of public health are impacted and implicated. The symposium will discuss the different presentations and consider different approaches to understanding and addressing these issues at the federal, state, and local levels. 
>>Register online

April 7, 20201 | 12:10 - 1:30 PM

 World Health Day: Celebrating the Work of Mariah McGill ’09

Please join us for a special event to celebrate World Health Day and honor the work of Mariah McGill '09


Martha Davis
University Distinguished Professor, Northeastern University School of Law


Esther Kamau
PhD candidate, School for Global Inclusion and Social Development, UMass Boston
Fellow, Center for Peace, Democracy and Development, UMass Boston

 Gillian MacNaughton
Associate Professor of Human Rights, School for Global Inclusion and Social Development, UMass Boston

 Anja Rudiger
Senior Advisor, Partners for Dignity & Rights

Co-hosted by Northeastern Law's Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE)

April 16, 2021 

Annual Health Law Conference
Health and the Body Politic: Undermining Democracy, Undermining Health

June 7 and 9-11, 2021

Health Law Professors Conference 2021
The Center for Health Policy and Law at Northeastern University School of Law is thrilled to host ASLME's 44th Annual Health Law Professors Conference on June 7 and 9-11, 2021.

Recent Health Law Events 

June 19, 2020 | 12:00 PM | Live via Zoom

Connecting with NUSL Centers and Projects Around Racism and Police Brutality

The Center for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration (CPIAC); Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity (CLIC); Center for Health Policy and Law (CHPL), Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE), Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ) and NuLawLab invite Northeastern Law students to a virtual meeting to discuss the ways the School of Law's centers and projects can collaborate with and support students in our responses to ongoing structural racism and police brutality.

Thursday, June 11, 2020 | 12:00 PM 

#COVIDLawBriefing 28
Trends, Take-Aways and Things to Think About
Before the COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefing breaks for a summer hiatus, the editorial panel will meet to look back and digest the past three months of legal issues, count some of the biggest lessons learned, and look to the future ahead.

June 9, 2020 | 12:00 PM

#COVIDLawBriefing 27
Domestic Violence

In the past month, new evidence has emerged that global rates of domestic violence were rising as a result of the pandemic. This Briefing will explore the ways the pandemic response exacerbated conditions for intimate partner abuse, and will describe how we may better prepare in anticipation of future waves of the coronavirus and other possible pandemics.

Margo Lindauer '07

Associate Clinical Professor and Director, Domestic Violence Institute, Northeastern School of Law and Bouvé College of Health Sciences

Leo Beletsky
Professor of Law and Health Sciences and Faculty Director, Health in Justice Action Lab, Northeastern University
>> Watch video

Thursday, June 4, 2020  

#COVIDLawBriefing 26
Law and Political Economy

In considering the role of law in COVID-19 response, it is vital to understand the broader forces that shape our world and its legal architecture. Law and Political Economy critiques generate insights into the root causes of inequality and other structural dysfunction in our society, while also providing a roadmap for how to repair such dysfunction in service to pandemic response and public health more broadly.
>> Watch video

June 3 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM 

The Jay Healey Teaching Session Goes Virtual!

We were saddened to cancel this year's Annual Health Law Professors Conference due to COVID-19. Among its many challenges, the pandemic has also motivated us to gain familiarity with new ways of connecting and communicating. This inspired us to think there might be an opportunity to keep the spirit of #HLP2020 alive and strong.

With that in mind, ASLME and the Center for Health Policy and Law collaborated to host a virtual version of the Jay Healey Teaching Session.

The Jay Healey Teaching Session Goes Virtual! event will included discussions on:
· Best practices for online learning;
· Identifying and generating asynchronous content;
· Promoting diversity of thought and engagement among students via online teaching tools;
· Adapting to pandemic conditions; and
· More!

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 

#COVIDLawBriefing 25
Equitable Enforcement 

As COVID-19 inflicts disproportionate harm on communities of color, inequitable enforcement of public health policies in response to the pandemic further widens health disparities. Police are strictly enforcing stay-at-home orders in some communities of color, while employing more lenient approaches in predominantly white communities. At the same time, enforcement of some laws designed to protect health and safety—from local housing codes to federal environmental laws like the Clean Air Act—has been suspended during the emergency response. This Briefing will discuss inequitable enforcement of public health laws and options that government officials should consider in order to promote more equitable outcomes during the pandemic and in the long-term, after the public health crisis subsides. 

Thursday, May 28, 2020 | 12:00 PM 

COVIDLawBriefing 24
Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Among 92 attendees at a church in rural Arkansas in early March, there were 35 confirmed cases of COVID-19, three deaths, and an additional 26 cases and one death linked in the community. Even as we learn more about the ease of spread in groups indoors, many churches and religious organizations are questioning the constitutionality of forced church closures during the pandemic. This Briefing describes the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in the context of COVID-19 and explores some of the recent cases challenging closures during the pandemic. Featuring Professor Claudia Haupt. 
>> Watch video

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 | 12:00 PM

COVIDLawBriefing 23
Vulnerable Workers
The new coronavirus has continued to exacerbate existing racial disparities in the United States. One key area of concern focuses on employment and communities of color – who disproportionately hold many of the service-focused positions considered essential. This Briefing explored structural discrimination and looked at how the CARES Act and HEROES Act are working (or not) to address these issues.
>> Watch video

Thursday, May 21, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM

#COVIDLawBriefing 22
Continuing our discussion of state vs. local authority, this Briefing took a detailed look at how preemption is shaping and defining the US response to the coronavirus pandemic.
>> Watch video

Tuesday, May 19 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM 

#COVIDLawBriefing 22
The Wisconsin Decision 

The Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down on Wednesday the decision by Governor Tony Evers to extend a stay-at-home order. The 4-3 decision challenges the governor’s ability “to rely on emergency powers indefinitely,” and leaves residents in the state with only a patchwork of local and county-level orders to guide and protect them. In this Briefing, a panel of experts featuring Professor Wendy Parmet will discuss the decision and the precedent it sets, and where we could go from here.
>> Watch video

Thursday, May 14, 2020

#COVIDLawBriefing 21
Workplace Safety    
Workplace safety for essential workers raises considerable legal and ethical questions during this pandemic. Professor Emily Spieler will join host Professor Wendy Parmet to discuss how employment and labor laws, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s approach to the pandemic, are (and are not) protecting the safety of these critical but vulnerable workers, and what legal avenues exist to ensure safety for these workers and others as we move toward reopening of additional workplaces.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM

#COVIDLawBriefing 20 
Where’s the Beef? Food Supply Chain and Shortages 
The new coronavirus has hit US meatpacking and other food supply chains particularly hard, with many workers in these plants facing some of the highest incidence rates of the virus in the country. This Briefing will address how law and policy, and food system regulation are holding up during this turbulent period, and how policymakers may consider moving forward from here to protect workers and ensure the continued safety and sufficiency of the US food supply.
>> Listen back

Tuesday, May 12 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM 

#COVIDLawBriefing 19
Elections Concerns
There are 19 state primary elections between May 12 and June 9, when many states, have stay-at-home orders in place until at least June 4. Amid an ongoing pandemic, election security and safety for voters remain in question. Guests will reflect on concerns raised by the recent primary in Wisconsin, and project ahead with lessons learned for the forthcoming primaries.
>> Listen back

Thursday, May 7, 2020

#COVIDLawBriefing 18
Liability Shields  
This broad-ranging Briefing will discuss immunity waivers at various levels, ranging from PREP to CARES, malpractice provisions already in place, immunity for the nursing home industry and more.
>> Listen back

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM

#COVIDLawBriefing 17
Human Subject Research 
Amid social distancing and other on-the-ground mitigation measures, arises the necessity of a vaccine and other therapeutic treatments for long-term treatment or eradication of COVID-19. With drug development comes questions of safety and efficacy, and inevitable concerns around human subject research. This Briefing will explore the legal issues around how to balance speed to market, obligations to science and an ethical development process.
>> Listen back

Tuesday, May 5 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM 

#COVIDLawBriefing 16
Just like many epidemics before it, COVID-19 has spurred a set of punitive responses. This briefing, hosted by Professor Leo Beletsky, will explore the lessons criminalization of HIV can provide for COVID-19 prevention and response.
>> Listen back

Thursday, April 30, 2020

#COVIDLawBriefing 15
Understanding the spread of the virus will help authorities make better, real-time decisions about how to move forward in their response to the pandemic. But with surveillance comes a host of questions and concerns about data privacy, data security, and autonomy. This Briefing touches on the legal issues of contact tracing tools and surveillance.
>> Listen back

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 

#COVIDLawBriefing 14
Race and Bias in COVID-19 Care and Response
Recent reporting data are showing that racial minorities in the United States are disproportionately affected by COVID-19 – both in hospitalization rates and deaths. It seems the virus does discriminate by exacerbating existing racial disparities and bias. This Briefing focused on the disparate impact of COVID-19, and explores the way public policy decisions may be used to begin to chip away at some of the disproportionate negative effects.
>> Listen back

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

#COVIDLawBriefing 13
On April 22, President Trump issued an executive order to limit immigration and pause the issuance of Green Cards to prevent the continued spread of COVID-19. In this Briefing, Professor Wendy Parmet and guests discussed whether limitations on immigration may be a sound mitigation tactic, or whether restrictive immigration policies may be impeding our response to the pandemic.
>> Listen back

Thursday, April 23, 2020

#COVIDLawBriefing 12
Abortion Execeptionalism
Over the past few weeks, nine states have tried to implement—with varying degrees of success—measures suspending abortions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our panel of reproductive rights experts discussed recent court opinions, future Supreme Court intervention, and possible lasting impacts on reproductive health law in the United States.

>> Listen back 

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

#COVIDLawBriefing 11
The Laws of “Unlocking”
Where do we go from here? Panelists discussed the patchwork of laws that could and should come into effect as we begin to look toward unlocking the United States. How can state and local governments act and interact with the federal mandates for the best possible outcomes — both epidemiologically and economically.
>> Listen back

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

#COVIDLawBriefing 10
Evictions in the age of COVID-19
As the coronavirus continues to take its toll on unemployment in the United States, one of the biggest questions for Americans is how they will afford to pay rent. To protect renters, a growing number of cities and states are have temporarily halted evictions. During this briefing, our guests describe the government authority to act and prevent evictions, and consider the sustainability of these orders and implications for the economy and public health going forward.
>> Listen back

Friday, April 17, 2020

2020 Annual Health Law Conference
Public Health Litigation: Possibilities and Pitfalls
Due to concerns related to COVID-19, the paper workshop component of our 2020 conference was hosted virtually. 
The community discussion has been postponed until the fall. 

Thursday, April 16

#COVIDLawBriefing 9
Medicaid and the ACA 
As it becomes clearer that the impacts of COVID-19 will be felt disproportionately by those already facing disparities, one question that keeps arising is the role insurance will play in the fall-out. This briefing, hosted by Professor Wendy reParmet, focused on Medicaid and the ACA, particularly the implications of not re-opening the exchanges.
>> Listen back

Wednesday, April 15

#COVIDLawBriefing 8
Drug Development, the Role of the FDA and Emergency Use
This briefing sought to demystify drug development — offering a crash in the development process and clinical trials, the role the FDA plays in reviewing and approving drugs, and the differences between off-label and compassionate use.
>> Listen back 

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

#COVIDLawBriefing 7
Travel Restrictions and Cordon Sanitaire
Panelists reviewed the differences among the various movement restrictions imposed at the local and state levels. Specially, they discussed restrictions popping up in the South and New England, and how these restrictions may play a part in the “unlocking” of the American public once the pandemic is in decline. 
>> Listen back 

Thursday, April 9, 2020 

#COVIDLawBriefing 6
Protecting the Vulnerable Substance Use Disorder Population During COVID-19
This briefing, featuring Professor Leo Beletsky, explored the legal and policy questions around substance use disorder (SUD) exceptionalism. Panelists discussed how different legal rules apply to access to medications for opioid use disorder and other services compared to those provided to the majority with access to care; and, how we can construct social support, services, and safe housing for a population that has strong overlaps with other extremely vulnerable cohorts such as the homeless or newly released prisoners.
>> Listen back 

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

#COVIDLawBriefing 5
HIPAA Privacy Waivers
This briefing explored how the HIPAA Privacy Rule and other laws protecting health information privacy may be altered during the COVID-19 outbreak. The US Department of Health and Human Services has already announced that it will exercise enforcement discretion and will not impose penalties for some violations of the privacy regulations. Panelists discussed the implications of these changes and the ongoing relevance of health information privacy during a pandemic.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

#COVIDLawBriefing 4
Issues and Boundaries of Federalism
This COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefing, featuring Professor Wendy Parmet, explored vertical and horizontal federalism to address how the federal government and state governments can act and interact during the pandemic.
>> Listen back

Thursday, April 2, 2020

#COVIDLawBriefing 3
Legality of and Challenges to Rationing Medical Resources
In light of the current rationing of personal protective equipment for medical professionals, and ventilators and other life-saving and sustaining medical resources, legal experts for this live COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefing discussed the legality of and potential legal challenges to rationing of medical resources. The guests also reviewed disability rights and access in the context of medical resource rationing.

>> Listen back (part 1)
>> Listen back (part 2)

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

#COVIDLawBriefing 1
Impacts and Implications for the US Prison System
12:00 - 12:20 PM | Visit @phlawwatch to watch live via Twitter

As COVID-19 continues to spread around the world, vulnerable populations like those in the US prison system are at particular risk. This live COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefing featuring Professor Leo Beletsky described the current situation and explore legal issues of COVID-19 in jails and prisons. These include the steps prisons and jails may take to protect inmate populations and employees, the rights prisoners have to care and prevention, and what happens next for prisoners who are released.
>> Listen back  

#COVIDLawBriefing 2

Commandeering Private Property for Pandemic Response
12:20 - 12:40 PM | Visit @phlawwatch to watch live via Twitter

As the number of cases grows in this pandemic, one specific medical resource in short supply is bed space. One solution to this issue is for governments to commandeer private property, such as hotels, convention centers, university dormitories, or even defunct hospitals. The legal question here is one of authority.
>> Listen back

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Health Law Roundtable
(Not) All In: Race, Immigration, and Healthcare Exclusion in America’s City on a Hill
Speaker: Tiffany Joseph, Associate Professor of Sociology and International Affairs, Northeastern University
Co-hosted by the Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice Research

Wednesday, Feburary 5, 2020

Community Public Health Dialogue
The Coronavirus - Understanding Risk; Building a Response

Monday, December 2, 2019

Join us for a day of solidarity in support of World AIDS Day 2019. 

Brought to you by Northeastern Unviersity School of Law's Center for Health Policy and LawCenter for Law, Innovation and CreativityCenter for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration, and Northeastern University's Partners in Health Engage

Discussion Panel
12:00 - 1:30 PM | 220 Dockser Hall 

Dr Anatole Manzi
Director of Clinical Practice and Quality Improvement, Partners in Health (PIH)

Aziza Ahmed
Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law
Brook K. Baker
Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law
Dr. Cassandra Pierre
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Tabling Event: Know Your Status, Know Your Risk 
12:00 - 3:00 PM | Curry Student Center 

Members of Partners in Health Engage (PIHE) will host a tabling event focused on increasing awareness and education about ways for students to actively engage in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Materials and resources related to access to prevention, testing, treatment, medications, reproductive health education, and counseling will be available for those interested. 

Film Screening: Fire in the Blood
5:00 - 7:30 PM | 250 Dockser Hall 

Film screening of Dylan Mohan Gray's documentary "Fire in the Blood" with post-film discussion featuring James Love, Director of Knowledge Ecology International and Brook K. Baker, Professor of Law at Northeastern University School of Law. 

Questions? Email Gianina Chua at

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Practicing Health Law at Foley & Lardner
5:30 - 6:30 PM | 120 Knowles Conference Room 

Join us for a conversation wtih Lawrence Vernalgia, partner and health care attorney at Foley & Lardner LLP, and learn more about:

- Practicing health law in a firm setting
- Pursuing a career in health law
- Applying for the Mayo-Foley Fellowship Program

Sponsored by the Center for Health Policy and Law and NUSL's New Markets Partnership

Friday, October 25, 2019

Annual Health Law Lecture 
We Will Be Citizens: From AIDS Activism to Mobilizing for (Health) Justice…
12:00 - 1:30 PM | 250 Dockser Hall 

Featuring Gregg Gonsalves, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, Yale School of Public Health; Associate Professor of Law and Research Scholar in Law, Yale Law School; Co-founder, Global Health Justice Partnership (GHJP); 2018 MacArthur Foundation Fellow. 

Gregg Gonsalves is an epidemiologist and global health advocate integrating his experiences as a community activist with quantitative analysis and operations research to improve responses to global public health challenges. For nearly three decades, Gonsalves was an HIV/AIDS activist, working with domestic and international organizations such as AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) and the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa. His efforts to connect the HIV/AIDS community with top-tier researchers and scientists were a critical catalyst to fundamental advances in scientific knowledge of the disease. These experiences deeply informed his later training in epidemiology and current efforts to optimize the effectiveness of health programs for epidemic diseases, particularly within poor and marginalized communities.

Event Archive

2018-2019 Events

Monday, April 29 | 12:00 PM 
Knowles Center Conference Room 

Health Law Roundtable
Khiara Bridges
Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Equity, Justice & Engagement, Boston University School of Law

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 | 12:00 PM

Lunch and Learn Speaker Event 

Jason Rifkin ’03
President/CEO, PhageNova Bio, Inc. (New York, New York)
Focus: IP/early stage biotechnology

Robert Warren ’03
Chief Operation Officer and Chief Financial Officer, AZTherapies, Inc. (Boston)
Focus: disruptive technology and clinical stage pharmaceuticals/biotechnology

Thursday, April 11 -  Friday, April 12, 2019

Annual Health Law Conference
Promises and Perils of Emerging Health Innovations

Northeastern University 

Health care is rapidly changing. Over the last decade, striking innovations, including artificial intelligence, robotics, mobile technology, gene therapies, pharmaceuticals, big data analytics, tele- and virtual health care delivery, have been developed as new entities and modes of delivery, from accountable care organizations (ACOs) to retail minute-clinics, have entered the market. More dramatic innovations and market disruptions are likely in the years to come. These new technologies and market disruptions offer immense promise to advance health care quality and efficiency, as well as improve provider and patient engagement. Success will depend, however, on careful consideration of potential perils and well-planned interventions to ensure new methods ultimately further, rather than diminish, the health of patients, especially those who are the most vulnerable.

Visit the conference webpage to see the full two-day schedule and register for the event. It is free and open to all! 

Thursday, March 28, 2019 | 6:00 PM 
250 Dockser Hall, Northeastern University School of Law 

Film Screening
Bending the Arc

Dr. Paul Farmer, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, activist Ophelia Dahl, Todd McCormack, and investor Thomas White began a movement in the 1980s that changed global health forever. Reaching far beyond the issue of health care, Bending the Arc hows how moral imagination, strategy, and sheer will together can change the trajectory of the world, bending the arc of the moral universe closer to justice.

Co-sponsored by Northeastern's Partners in Health Engagethe School of Law's Health Law Society and Center for Health Policy and L

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 | 12:00 PM 
Knowles Center, 4th Floor Library

Lunch and Learn Speaker Event 
Michelle Anderson
Attorney, ZwillGen, (Boston)
Focus: privacy, security and consumer protection

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 | 12:00 PM 
Knowles Center Conference Room 

Health Law Roundtable
Nicole Huberfeld
Professor of Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights, School of Public Health
Professor of Law, School of Law, Boston University

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 | 12:00 PM 
Knowles Center, 4th Floor Library

Lunch and Learn Speaker Event 
Luke Blackadar ’14
Director of Legal Services, Arts & Business Counsel of Greater Boston (formerly Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts)
Focus: intellectual property protection and affordable legal services for the arts and business communities

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Health Law Roundtable
Aziza Ahmed
Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law
Law, Public Health, and Social Movements: How Lawyers and Activists Changed the CDC Definition of AIDS

Friday, December 14, 2018

Finding the Nexus: Linking Systems for Domestic Violence Survivors
This one-day conference will explored the many barriers domestic violence survivors face, as well as potential solutions to bridging the gaps and linking the systems. Speakers and attendees represented multiple disciplines and sectors, including the judiciary, lawyer, academics, advocates, health care providers, social workers, politicians, faith leaders, policymakers and survivors. The panels provided an opportunity for dialogue and meaningful engagement by speakers and attendees, with a goal of actionable steps, including future working groups, technical assistance development, policy recommendations and trainings. 

Friday, November 9, 2018

Annual Health Law Lecture
#JusticeforJane: What Happened and What Comes Next in the Fight for Abortion Access

Featuring the ACLU’s Brigitte Amiri ’99, lead attorney fighting the Trump administration’s policy preventing young immigrant women from having abortions.

Brigitte Amiri ’99, deputy director of the Reproductive Freedom Project at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), will deliver this year’s Annual Lecture in Health Policy and Law at Northeastern University School of Law.

Over the past year, Amiri has been at the center of a national, high-profile lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s policy of preventing young immigrant women from having abortions. Last fall, Amiri successfully argued on behalf of a 17-year-old woman, Jane Doe, who was able to get abortion care after an appeals court in Washington, DC, issued a decision that cleared the way. The fight continues with a class action case against the Department of Health and Human Services so that all Jane Does would have this same right.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Community Forum on Question 1
The Center for Health Policy and Law hosted a Community Forum on Question 1 (mandatory nurse staffing ratios) at the School of Law. Question 1 is a ballot measure for the 2018 Election in Massachusetts. 

This proposed law would limit how many patients could be assigned to each registered nurse in Massachusetts hospitals and certain other health care facilities. The maximum number of patients per registered nurse would vary by type of unit and level of care.

Speakers included representatives from:


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Health Law Roundtable
Claudia Haupt, Associate Professor of Law and Political Science, Northeastern University 
Topic: Pregnancy crisis centers and speech regulation 

2017-2018 Events

August 6, 2018

Health Law Networking Event 
6:00 - 7:30 PM
250 Dockser Hall 

Members of the Massachusetts Bar Association will provide insights into pursuing and working in health law practices.
A short networking reception will follow the panel. 


Shannon Choy-Seymour '05
BMC HealthNet Plan

Mala Rafik '97
Rosenfeld & Rafik

Joel Rosen '94
Rosen Law Office

Patrick Sheehan '97

Co-hosted by the Massachusetts Bar Association 

April 25, 2018

Faculty Roundtable
12:00 - 1:30 PM | 120 Knowles Conference Room 
Mary Steffel, Assistant Professor of Marketing, D'Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University 

March 28, 2018

Faculty Roundtable
12:00 - 1:30 PM | 120 Knowles Conference Room 
Overcoming Market Barriers to Novel, Well-Adapted Medical Technologies in Low- and Middle-Income Countries - CS Engagement in Unitaid
Brook Baker, Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law

April 12-13, 2018

Annual Health Law Conference
Diseases of Despair: The Role of Policy and Law

February 21, 2018

Faculty Roundtable
12:00 - 1:30 PM | 120 Knowles Conference Room 
Opioids on Trial: Will Litigation Stem the Crisis?
Dr. Gregory Curfman, Research and Publication Director, Center for Health Policy and Law, Northeastern University School of Law

January 31, 2018

Faculty Roundtable
12:00 - 1:30 PM | 120 Knowles Conference Room 
Racial/ethnic disparities in adverse birth outcomes: steps towards understanding the role of structural determinants.
Collette Ncube, Future Faculty Fellow, Department of Health Sciences and Institute of Urban Health Research (IUHR), Northeastern University

 Co-sponsored by the Institute of Urban Health Research (IUHR) INSERT

December 6, 2017

Faculty Roundtable
12:00 - 1:30PM | 120 Knowles Conference Room 
Supply and demand of the health professional workforce: Evidence of change...implications for the future
David Zgarrick, Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professor of Pharmacy, Bouvé  College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University 

October 30, 2017

Health Law Workshop: Aziza Ahmed
5:00 PM | Harvard Law School 

Aziza Ahmed is Professor of Law at the Northeastern University School of Law. She is an internationally renowned expert in health law, criminal law and human rights. Her scholarship examines the role of science and activism in shaping global and national law and policy with a focus on criminal laws that impact health. She teaches Property Law, Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights, and International Health Law: Governance, Development and Rights. Professor Ahmed has been selected as a fellow with the Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) at Princeton University. She will be combining her sabbatical and her fellowship to spend the 2017-2018 academic year developing her work on law, feminism and science into a book with particular emphasis on legal and policy responses to HIV. 

Sponsored by The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School. Check the event webpage for more information. 

October 30, 2017

Annual Health Law Lecture
Making Good Health Policy by Practicing Good Health Law
12:00 - 1:30 PM | 240 Dockser Hall 

Featuring Stephen Rosenfeld, Health Care Attorney and Advocate 

October 25, 2017

Faculty Roundtable
12:00 - 1:30PM | 120 Knowles Conference Room 

Evaluating Drug Safety and Efficacy in Pediatric Populations: Time for a New Approach
Dr. Michael Sinha, Program Coordinator, Program on Regulation, Therapeutics, and Law (PORTAL), Brigham and Women's Hospital

October 12, 2017

Health of Newcomers author event
Boston Public Library
6:00 - 7:30 PM

October 11, 2017

Faculty Roundtable
12:00 - 1:30PM | 120 Knowles Conference Room 
Lunch will be served

Where could/should we go with community benefit standards in Massachusetts: Hospitals, Health Plans, and Physician Groups?
Dr. Paul Hattis, Associate Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine, Tufts School of Medicine

RSVP to Jennifer Huer

September 28, 2017

Faculty Roundtable
12:00 - 1:30PM | 120 Knowles Conference Room 
Lunch will be served

Topic: Advanced Directives and Dementia
Stephen Latham, Director, Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, Yale University 

September 19, 2017

Safety First: Toward Safe Consumption Facilities in Massachusetts
A Community Forum
5:30 - 7:30 PM | 250 Dockser Hall | School of Law 

Co-sponsored by the Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice (IUHRP)

The devastating toll of the opioid crisis creates an imperative for decisive, evidence-driven, and cost-effective solutions. Safe consumption facilities (SCF) reduce drug overdose, while connecting drug users to treatment and other services. Amidst mounting calls for the creation of SCFs in Massachusetts, this forum will provide policmakers and members of the community with an opportunity to review the available evidence and voice diverse perspectives on this timely and salient issue. 


Liz Evans, Harm Reduction International (Formerly of INSITE)
Dr. Jessie Gaeta, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program and Boston Medical Center 
Jim Stewart, First Church in Cambridge and SIFMA Now
Senator John F. Keenan, Massachusetts State Senate 
Jack Kelly, Recovery Advocate
Leo Beletsky, School of Law and Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University 

Community Discussion:

moderated by Martha Bebinger, WBUR

September 14, 2017

Bearing Witness to Trauma: Innovative Tools to Assist First Responder and Victim Services Agencies
An Interdisciplinary Conversation
2:30 - 4:30 PM | Cabral Center | Northeastern University 

Co-sponsored by the Domestic Violence Institute (DVI) and the Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice (IUHRP)

DVI and IUHRP invite local first responders, victim service providers, public health professionals and the Northeastern community to join us for a panel discussion about vicarious trauma and the health and wellbeing of employees. We will also introduce the newly launched Vicarious Trauma Toolkit, a first-of-its-kind online resource funded by the Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Justice.

Keynote speaker: Kurt Scwartz, Director, Masssachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)
Kurt Schwartz’s strategic leadership guides and oversees the state’s preparedness, response and recovery from natural and intentional disasters, including the terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon. He previously served as the MA Undersecretary of both Homeland Security and Law Enforcement, and as a state criminal prosecutor, police officer, and EMT. He will illuminate the personal and professional impact of vicarious trauma from his broad and extensive background.

Discussants will include MA first responders and members of the national Vicarious Trauma Toolkit Team.

September 7, 2017 

Clínica de Migrantes: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
Film Screening and Discussion
5:30 - 7:30 PM | 220 Dockser Hall | School of Law

An inside look at how one South Philadelphia-based health clinic provides free care to undocumented immigrants in the community. The film follows the rewards and challenges of providing such care, including the struggle of patients who cannot afford or obtain insurance, and earning the trust of those afraid to seek care. 

Following the film, a panel of local experts will highlight some of the ways in which Massachusetts is struggling with and working to address barriers to providing health care to our immigrant community. 

Wendy E. Parmet, Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Center for Health Policy and Law; Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University 

Andrew Cohen, Staff Attorney and Project Director, Immigrant Health Care Access Coalition, Health Law Advocate (HLA)
Dr. Sarah Kimball, Immigrant & Refugee Health Program, Boston Medical Center 
Liza Ryan, Organizing Director, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA)

2017 Events

June 21, 2017 

Health of Newcomers author event
7:00 PM | Porter Square Books
25 White St., Cambridge, MA 02140 

Professors Patricia Illingworth and Wendy E. Parmet will gave a brief presentation, followed by a Q&A and book-signing. 

June 21, 2017

Health Reform: What's Next?
12:00 - 1:30 PM | 250 Dockser | School of Law 
A town hall meeting to hear about and discuss current events surrounding health reform in the U.S.

Wendy E. Parmet, Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Education and Research Support, Professor of Public Policy and Urbain Affairs, Northeastern University

Michael Dukakis, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Northeastern University 
Timothy Hoff, Professor of Management, Healthcare Systems, and Health Policy, Northeastern University
Kristin Madison, Professor of Law and Health Sciences, Northeastern University 
Jean McGuire, Professor of Practice in Health Sciences, Northeastern University 
Meredith Munn Wheeler, State Advocacy Manager, Community Catalyst

Co-sponsored by the Health Law Society 

April 14, 2017

Annual Health Law Conference 
Between Complacency & Panic: Legal, Ethical & Policy Responses to Emerging Infectious Diseases
Keynote: Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health 

Keynote (morning sessions) are free and open to the public! 
Registration is required for both morning session and full day attendees. 

April 13, 2017

Department of Health Sciences Speaker Series 
Timothy Hoff
, Professor of Management, Healthcare Systems, and Health Policy, D'Amore-McKim School of Business and School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University  
Retail Rhetoric, Corporate Care, and the Lowered Expectations of Today's Health Care
3:00-5:00 PM | Curry Student Center, Room 340 

All are invited, but an RSVP is requested.

April 12, 2017

MA Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) and the Opioid Epidemic: Stakeholder Perspectives
5:30 - 7PM | Moot Court Room, 160 Dockser | Law School 
Join us for a community presentation, followed by an interactive discussion. Light refreshments will be served. 

In fulfillment of their capstone projects, an interdisciplinary team of Northeastern University students has conducted two dozen ethnographic interviews with prescribers, pharmacists, law enforcement, regulators, and community representatives in Massachusetts. This work is part of a larger study Facing the Opioid Epidemic: Assessing and Responding to Prescription and Illicit Opioid Use and Misuse in Five New England States—a collaboration between Tufts, Northeastern, and Brandies Universities. It is funded by a Pilot Study Grant from Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). 


Leo Beletsky, Associate Professor of Law and Health Sciences 
Sarah Seymour, candidate for BS in Behavioral Neuroscience
Lane Bandanza, candidate for BS in Health Sciences/Masters in Public Health in Urban Health 
Erin Crocker, candidate for Masters of Public Health in Urban Health 
Mina Hong, candidate for Masters in Publich Health in Urban Health 
Allison Morgan, candidate for BS in Health Sciences 

Free and open to the public!

April 6, 2017

Faculty Roundtable
Location: 308 International Village (INV)
Pushing the Safety Culture Agenda in the Construction Industry: A Systematic Approach or Another Way to Blame the Worker?
Jack Dennerlein, Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Movement & Rehabilitation Science, Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University 

Co-hosted by the Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice (IUHRP)

RSVP to Antoinette Devlin 

April 3, 2017

Ethics in Healthcare: The Ever-Evolving Definition
4-6:30 PM | Northeastern University Charlotte Campus 

Join Northeastern’s Charlotte Campus for the upcoming Local Leaders Global Impact series and hear from Northeastern alum, Alan Sauber, Premier’s Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer (MBA '88) and Northeastern Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law, Wendy Parmet, about the current state of ethics in healthcare and what the future holds. 

Program will be followed by a networking reception. For more information and to register, please visit the event page

Sponsored by Northeastern University Charlotte and the Office of Alumni Relations.

April 3, 2017

Beyond Traditional Paths - Exploring Alternative Career Opportunities 
12:00-1:30 PM | 230 Dockser | Law School 

Please join us for an insightful look into alternative career opportunities.  Our panel of NUSL alums will share insights on their diverse and rewarding careers and how a legal education meaningfully enhances their roles  They will identify steps to begin your exploration and suggest strategies for finding Co-op and post-graduate opportunities beyond traditional paths.

Scott Bell ’09, Senior Analyst, Financial Industry Regulatory Agency (FINRA), Washington DC
Caitriona Fitzgerald ’08, Chief Technology Officer and Policy Director, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), Boston, MA
Nereyda Garcia ’88, Global Head, Ethics and Compliance, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge, MA
Sean Quinn ’15, Assistant Vice President of Privacy Risk Management, LPL Financial, Charlotte NC
Alyssa Vangeli ’10, Associate Director, Policy & Government Relations, Heath Care For All, Boston, MA

Lunch will be provided. 

For more information, contact Rhonda Rittenberg, Director of Employer Outreach for Alternative Markets

March 29, 2017

Networking at the Intersection of Law and Health Care
6:00-8:00 PM | 240 Dockser | Law School 
The event will consist of a panel of professionals working in the field of health law and policy, followed by a networking reception. Refreshments will be provided. All are welcome!
Panelists include professionals from: Partner’s Healthcare, Ropes and Gray, Boston Public Health Commission, AGO Health Care Division, DLA Piper. 

Sponsored by the Health Law Society and the Center for Health Policy and Law 

An RSVP is appreciated. 

March 17, 2017

WGSS Annual Symposium 
No Turning Back: The Past, Present, & Future of Reproductive Justice
The Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program celebrates Women's History month with a day-long symposium focusing reproductive justice and featuring panels of speakers in dialogue with one another and their audience. 

Co-sponosored by Northeastern University School of Law and The Center for Health Policy and Law 

Event is free but registration is required.

March 1, 2017

Wine Reception & Book-signing -- The Health of Newcomers: Immigration, Health Policy, and the Case for Global Solidarity
5:30 - 7:00 PM | Law Library, 4th Fl.
Join authors Patricia Illingworth and Wendy Parmet as they discuss their new book and its relevance to current legal and policy issues.
Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Co-sponsored by The Center for Health Policy and Law, NUSL Law Library, NEU Ethics Institute, and The Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE)

Questions: Email Jennifer Huer

February 22, 2017

Faculty Roundtable
Considering a Zika Virus Human Challenge Trial: Lessons and Questions on Consent, Risk, and Social Value
Holly Lynch , Executive Director, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics, Harvard Law School 
RSVP to Jennifer Huer

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* Unless otherwise specified, all roundtables will be held from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. in the Knowles Conference Room (120 KN).

2016 Events

December 7, 2016

Faculty Roundtable*
What a Public Health Law Approach Means for 2nd Amendment Rights
Michael R. Ulrich, Assistant Professor of Health Law, Policy, & Management, Center for Health Law, Ethics, & Human Rights, Boston University School of Public Health
RSVP to Jennifer Huer 

November 9, 2016

Faculty Roundtable*
Turning Patients into Consumers:  A View from the Trenches of Patient Care.
Timothy Hoff, Joint Professor of Management, Healthcare Systems and Health Policy, D’Amore-McKim School of Business and Northeastern School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
RSVP to Jennifer Huer

October 31, 2016

Annual Health Law Lecture
Public Health 3.0: Upgrading Public Health in Boston
Monica Valdes Lupi, Executive Director, Boston Public Health Commission

October 5, 2016

Faculty Roundtable*
Managing Off Label Drug Use by Changing Incentives
Marc Rodwin, Professor, Suffolk University Law School
RSVP to Claudia Zickell 

September 15 - 17, 2016

2016 Public Health Law Conference 
Lead, Connect, Innovate: Strategies for Achieving Health Equity
Washington, DC
Professor Wendy Parmet will provide an Opening Plenary, discussing “Current Challenges, Future Opportunities.” Wendy will also be joined by Lorianne Sainsbury-Wong, Litigation Director, Health Law Advocates, in discussing “Immigration and Health: Law, Policy and Ethics.”

September 14, 2016

Faculty Roundtable*
The culture wars: is the safety culture agenda in the construction industry blaming the worker or the system?
Jack Dennerlein, Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Science, Bouvé College of Health Sciences, 
RSVP to Claudia Zickell 

June 8, 2016

Faculty Roundtable
A Trojan Horse? How an Expanding First Amendment Threatens the Entire FDA  and Much of the Modern Regulatory State
Christopher Robertson, James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona

April 15, 2016

Health Law Conference
Individual Choice v. Collective Destiny: The Future of Public Health
Keynote Speaker: Jon Hanson, Alfred Smart Professor of Law, Director, Project on Law and Mind Sciences Harvard Law School

April 6, 2016

Faculty Roundtable
Paying for Population Health: Possibilities and Perils in Healthcare Industry Investments
Jean McGuire, Bouvé College of Health Sciences

March 30, 2016

Faculty Roundtable
Utilizing an Urban Health Framework to Guide Policy Development
Shan Mohammed, Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Health Sciences, Northeastern University

February 8, 2016

Faculty Roundtable
Deciding Who Decides: Legal and Medical Paternalism in Reproductive Medicine
Kara Swanson, Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law

January 6, 2016

Faculty Roundtable
A Brief Overview of NEU Sponsored Research Culture: An Informal Discussion
Charles Storey, Bouvé College of Health Sciences

2015 Events

December 14, 2015

Faculty Roundtable
Making People Healthier by Suing Corporate Miscreants
Richard Daynard, University Distinguished Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law
Andrew Rainer, Litigation Director, Public Health Advocacy Institute

November 16, 2015

Faculty Roundtable
The Impact of Damages Caps on Medical Malpractice Insurance Premiums
Kathryn Zeller, Professor of Law, Georgetown Law

October 26, 2015

Annual Lecture in Health Policy and Law
The New Jane Crow: Reproduction, Incarceration and The Collateral Damage on Children and Families
Michele Bratcher Goodwin, Chancellor's Professor of Law and Director, Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy, University of California, Irvine School of Law

September 9, 2015

Faculty Roundtable
Employer Wellness Incentives, Disability and Coerced Disclosure
Kristin Madison, Professor of Law and Health Sciences

May 18, 2015

Faculty Roundtable
The Domestic Violence Institute: Practice and Partnership (Current Work, Collaboration and Plans for the future)
Margo Lindauer, Visiting Clinical Professor and Director of the Domestic Violence Institute, Northeastern University School of Law

April 29,  2015

Faculty Roundtable
Did Medicare Part D improve national trends in health outcomes or medical care utilization?
Becky Briesacher, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy and Health Systems Sciences, School of Pharmacy, Northeastern University

April 17,  2015

Symposium Honoring Professor Wendy Parmet’s Populations, Public Health, and the Law

April 15,  2015

Faculty Roundtable
Firearms and Suicide
Matthew Miller, Director of Undergraduate Health Sciences Program, Bouvé College of Health Sciences
Dr. Miller, a physician with training in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology, is an expert in injury and violence prevention, with a special interest in firearm related violence and public health approaches to preventing suicide. Dr. Miller’s suicide scholarship underscores the importance of efforts that reduce not only suffering that leads people to attempt suicide, but also ready access to highly lethal methods used in suicidal acts, such as firearms. Dr. Miller’s work has contributed to the empirical evidence supporting the observation that suicide risk for individuals and suicide rates for populations can be greatly reduced by reducing access to firearms and other highly lethal suicide methods, even in the absence changes in underlying psychiatric illness or even suicidal behavior. In addition to empirical work in injury prevention, Dr. Miller’s scholarship includes work that focuses on the fundamental and often unrecognized tension between research and therapy in clinical trials. Dr. Miller is Assistant Editor of the journal Injury Epidemiology and a recipient of the Excellence in Science Award from the American Public Health Association.
Time: 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

March 30,  2015

Faculty Roundtable
Do Hospitals Benefit their Communities? Empirical, Legal, and Policy Considerations
Gary Young, Professor of Strategic Management and Healthcare Systems and Director, Center for Health Policy and Healthcare Research, Northeastern University.

February 26,  2015

Faculty Roundtable
Advancing Global Health Through a Treaty on Antimicrobial Resistance
Kevin Outterson, Professor of Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights, Boston University School of Law
Time: 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

January 20, 2015

An Afternoon with Steven Brill
Steven Brill has written for The New Yorker, Time and The New York Times Magazine. A graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, he founded and ran Court TV, The American Lawyer magazine, 10 regional legal newspapers and Brill’s Content magazine. Brill was the author of Time’s March 4, 2013, special report “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us,” for which he won the 2014 National Magazine Award for Public Service. Brill also teaches journalism at Yale, where he founded the Yale Journalism Initiative to encourage and enable talented young people to become journalists. Following the presentation, there will be a book signing. Steven Brill's new book America’s Bitter Pill will be available for purchase.
Time: 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

2014 Events

September 10, 2014

Faculty Roundtable
Targeting Leishmaniasis in Kenya: An integrated community interventional-evaluative model for neglected disease in East Pokot district, Kenya
Richard Wamai, Assistant Professor of African American Studies, Northeastern University
Time: 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. 

November 10, 2014

Public Health Law Practice Lecture 
Featuring Donna Levin '78, National Director, Network for Public Health Law

Donna Levin '78 is national director for the Network for Public Health Law. She previously served as general counsel for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The Network provides assistance and resources to public health lawyers and officials on legal issues related to public health, including health reform, emergency preparedness, drug overdose prevention, health information privacy and food safety. More than 3,500 public health practitioners, attorneys, researchers, policy makers and others have joined the Network since it was formed in 2010 as a national initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

April 25, 2014   

Clashing Rights: Free Speech and Reproductive Autonomy

February 14, 2014

Faculty Roundtable 
Expanding Nurses’ Scope of Practice: Where It’s at in State Legislatures and the Trenches of Patient Care
Timothy Hoff, Associate Professor of Management and Organizational Development, Healthcare Systems and Health Policy 
Time: 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

January 22, 2014

Faculty Roundtable 
As Health Care Reform Expands Access, Does the Health of the Public Improve?
John Auerbach, Distinguished Professor of Practice and Director of the Institute on Urban Health Research

January 15, 2014   

Public Health Practice
Lois Cornell '86, President, American Health Lawyers Association; Senior Vice President of Human Resources and General Counsel, Tufts Health Plan

2013 Events

December 6, 2013

Faculty Roundtable
Protest Through Reification of the System in Contemporary Health Policy Fiction
David A. Rochefort, Arts & Sciences Distinguished Professor of Political Science

November 13, 2013 

Faculty Roundtable
Charity for Health
Patricia Illingworth, Professor of Philosophy

October 21, 2013 

Faculty Roundtable
Professional Dominance as a Barrier in Research Translation
Laura Senier, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Health Sciences

September 25, 2013  

Faculty Roundtable 
Harnessing Interdisciplinary Perspectives to Inform Effective Health Policy and Law in HIV/AIDS Response
Aziza Ahmed, Assistant Professor of Law
Brook Baker, Professor of Law
Richard Wamai, Assistant Professor of African American Studies

September 12-13, 2013  

Movements for Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV: Critical Reflections
(by invitation only)

April 19, 2013  

After the Storm: New Directions in Health Policy and Law (canceled due to Marathon Bombing)
Join us for a day of informative discussion and exploration with some of the nation’s leading policymakers and researchers in health policy and law. Engage in conversations that examine the new directions for health policy and law, regionally, nationally and globally in the wake of the tumultuous events of 2012, including the Supreme Court’s ACA decision and the US Presidential Election. 

April 3, 2013   

Faculty Roundtable
The Use of Breastfeeding-Related Reporting to Improve Health Care Quality
Kristin Madison and Roger Edwards

March 26, 2013

Faculty Roundtable
Helen Suh MacIntosh, Bouve College of Health Sciences 

Febuary 15, 2013

Faculty Roundtable
Indoor tanning near campus: Student motivations and university policies 
Mark Gottlieb, J.D., Executive Director of The Public Health Advocacy Institute at Northeastern University School of Law  
Rachel Rodgers, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Counseling & Applied Educational Psychology, Bouvé College of Health Sciences 
Deb Franko, Ph.D., Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Bouvé College of Health Sciences   

Febuary 6, 2013  

HIV/AIDS Policy Grand Rounds
Injection Drug Use and HIV: A Tale of Deadly Policy
This workshop (3rd in the series) will focus on the role of drug policy as a driver of the HIV epidemic among injection drug users. Professor Leo Beletsky will be joined by guest expert, Professor Robert Heimer, Yale School of Public Health. The speakers will explore the interface of drug policy, HIV risk and human rights, with special focus on the role of law and law enforcement in fueling the epidemic in the US and Eastern Europe. 

January 22, 2013  

Faculty Roundtable 
The Vitality of the Brand: Pharmaceutical Trademarks and the Material Culture of Efficacy
Jeremy Green, Department of the History of Science, Harvard University

2012 Events

December 10, 2012  

Faculty Roundtable
Law, Knowledge and Science: The Politics of HIV
Aziza Ahmed, School of Law

November 28, 2012  

HIV/AIDS Policy Grand Rounds
The Cutting Edge: Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention
The Program on Health Policy and Law presents interdisciplinary perspectives and questions on the history, application and current debates to combat the epidemic.
Featuring professors Daniel Halperin of Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and Richard Wamai of Northeastern University.
12:00 to 2:00 p.m., 94 Cargill Hall 

November 19, 2012 

Faculty Roundtable
What’s Next in Health Policy and Law After the Election? 

November 1-2, 2012

Institute on Human Rights and the Social Determinants of Health 
Co-sponsored with the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy

October 15, 2012 

Faculty Roundtable 
Optimizing the Response of Prevention: HIV Efficiency in Africa Project
Richard Wamai, Department of African American Studies, and Omar Galarraga, Brown University

September 21, 2012 

Faculty Roundtable
Collaborating for Impact: Healthy Kids, Health Futures — A Multi-Level Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Initiative 
Carmen Sceppa and Jessica Hoffman, Bouvé College of Health Sciences
12:00 to 1:30 p.m., 120 Knowles

September 11, 2012

HIV/AIDS Policy Grand Rounds

Treatment for/plus/as Prevention
The Program on Health Policy and Law presents interdisciplinary perspectives and questions on the history, application and current debates to combat the epidemic.
Featuring professors Brook Baker of Northeastern University School of Law and Professor Jen Cohn, MD, of the University of Pennsylvania and Doctors without Borders 

August 6, 2012 

A special one-day session to learn about overdose education/naloxone distribution models and to strategize next steps in Rhode Island. Invited speakers include national leaders in overdose death prevention who will discuss successful models for overdose prevention training/naloxone distribution.
Leo Beletsky, School of Law, and others.

July 23-24, 2012

Workshop (by invitation)
Advancing Public Health through the Law:The Role of Legal Academics
Sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Public Health Law Research

July 18, 2012

ACA Panel: Health Health Reform Upheld!
A discussion on the Supreme Court's ACA Decision. Sponsored by the Health Law Society.
Former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis and Wendy Parmet, Kristin Madison and Martha Davis, School of Law
Presentation materials:
Professor Kristin Madison: The Supreme Court Speaks: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Decision
Professor Wendy Parmet: The Constitutionality of the Medicaid Expansion: The Stealth Claim

May 3, 2012

Faculty Roundtable
Patricia Illingworth, College of Social Sciences & Humanities
12:00 to 1:30 p.m., 120 Knowles

April 13, 2012

Faculty Roundtable
Opportunities & Challenges in Disability-Related Health Care Reform Initiatives: The assumptions behind care and financing integration for the dually-eligible younger disabled.
Jean McGuire, Bouvé College of Health Sciences
12:00 to 1:30 p.m., 120 Knowles

March 27, 2012

Panel Presentation
The Affordable Care Act: Constitutional Challenges and Political Implications
Kristin Madison, Wendy Parmet, School of Law, and Michael Tolley, Department of Political Science 12:00 to 1:30 p.m., 250 Dockser

March 16, 2012 

Health Systems in Reform
Keynote Speaker: Lewis Morris, Chief Counsel to the Inspector General, Office of Inspector General, US Department of Health and Human Services

March 12, 2012

Faculty Roundtable

Social Change and Health in Eastern Europe: Implications for Cervical Cancer Prevention
Irina Todorova, Bouvé College of Health Sciences
12:00 to 1:30 p.m., 120 Knowles

February 13, 2012

Faculty Roundtable
Using Social Epidemiology to Understand the Roles of Law, Law Enforcement and Human Rights in the AIDS Epidemic
Leo Beletsky, School of Law and Bouvé College of Health Sciences
12:00 to 1:30 p.m., 120 Knowles

January 23, 2012

Faculty Roundtable
Legal Approaches to the Obesity Epidemic
Cara Wilking and Richard Daynard, Public Health Advocacy Institute
12:00 to 1:30 p.m., 120 Knowles