Public Health Law Summit 2017 – Western Region

March 24, 2017
Sacramento, California

Join public health and legal experts from the western region and beyond to examine and discuss some of today’s most critical challenges in public health law and policy. Leaders in the field will present on a range of emerging issues from multiple perspectives. Designed for attorneys (CA CLE credit is available), public health practitioners and other non-attorneys interested in law and policy, attendees will expand their knowledge of key legal topics and gain skills in the use of law as a tool to improve the public’s health.

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Preliminary Agenda

8:00 a.m.         Registrations

8:30 a.m.         Welcome and Introductions                                                          

8:45 a.m.         Session 1: Plenary Session: National Trends in Public Health Law

9:30 a.m.         Sessions 2. Concurrent Sessions:

A. Regulation of Medical and Recreational Marijuana

B. Public Health Implications of Immigration Discrimination

10:30 a.m.       Break

10:45 a.m.       Sessions 3. Concurrent Sessions:

A. Legal Issues Arising from Health Facility Failures/Closures

B. Using Taxation Policy to Accomplish Public Health Goal

11:45 a.m.       Lunch

1:00 p.m.         Session 4. Plenary Session: Focus on Public Health Powers and Constitutional Practices

2:00 p.m.         Break

2:15 p.m.         Sessions 5. Concurrent Sessions:

A. Public Health Data and Privacy Issues: Data Sharing, De-Identification, and More

B. Mental Health/Wellness: Behavior Issues and Public Health Legal Implications

3:15 p.m.         Break

3:30 p.m.         Sessions 6. Concurrent Sessions:

A. Confronting Public Health Challenges Among the Homeless and Other Vulnerable Communities

B. Emergency Powers and Legal Preparedness

4:35 p.m.         Closing Remarks

4:45 p.m.         Adjourn

Speaker Presentations

Accessibility Assistance

If any reasonable accommodations are needed, please contact CDPH Office of Legal Services (916) 558-1710 or California Relay 711/1-800-735-2929. Requests should be made as soon as possible, but at least 10 working days prior to the scheduled event.


California Department of Public Health – Auditorium
(East End Complex – Building 172)
1500 Capitol Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95814

Located on the south side of Capitol Avenue between 15th and 16th Streets. 


There are several hotels near the Department of Public Health. View a map of area hotels.


Registration has now closed.


The California Department of Public Health/Office of Legal Services is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This summit may qualify for 6 ½ hours of MCLE.


Please contact Kim Weidenaar at if you have any questions regarding the event.