April 17, 2017

CONTACT: Karen Teber / km463@georgetown.edu

WASHINGTON (April 17, 2017) –  What are the critical challenges in emergency legal preparedness and policy? Public health preparedness leaders, officials and experts will examine the question during the “Emergency Legal Preparedness Summit” on Friday, April 21, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Georgetown University Law Center.

Topics will include federal social distancing powers, public health emergency funding, emergency use authorizations, Zika virus, and federal-state implications during the next emerging threat.


“Emergency Legal Preparedness Summit”


Friday, April 21, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m


Georgetown University Law Center

Gewirz Hall, 12th Floor

600 New Jersey Avenue, NW

Or via live web streaming (information available 24 hours in advance)


Tom D. Kirsch, MD, MPH

Director, National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health Professor, Uniformed Services

Lawrence O. Gostin, JD

University Professor and Faculty Director, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University Law Center

James G. Hodge Jr., JD, LLM

Professor and Director ASU Public Health Law and Policy Program Director, Western Region Office Network for Public Health Law

James S. Blumenstock, MA

Chief Officer, Health Security, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH

Executive Director, Harris County (Texas) Department of Public Health

Brooke Courtney, JD, MPH

Senior Regulatory Counsel

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Sponsored by the O’Neill Institute; Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University; Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences; and The Network for Public Health Law.

The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University is the premier center for health law, scholarship, and policy. Its mission is to contribute to a more powerful and deeper understanding of the multiple ways in which law can be used to improve the public’s health, using objective evidence as a measure. The O’Neill Institute seeks to advance scholarship, science, research, and teaching that will encourage key decision-makers in the public, private, and civil society to employ the law as a positive tool for enabling more people in the United States and throughout the world to lead healthier lives.


Media are requested to RSVP: Karen Teber.