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Student Network Pre-Conference Workshop

posted on Thu, Aug 28 2014 10:34 am by The Student Network for Public Health Law

Student Network Pre-Conference Workshop

October 15, 2014  |  1 - 6:30 p.m.

This free pre-conference workshop for students and young professionals will provide attendees a unique opportunity to learn about the field of public health law through a variety of sessions and interactive activities. Attendees will have the chance to connect with experienced public health law professionals throughout the workshop and during an evening networking reception. The experience will prepare individuals new to public health law to engage with the full conference by introducing them to key concepts and acquainting them with professionals who will be in attendance.

To reserve a spot for the free pre-conference workshop, please email the Student Network. Please note that all attendees are responsible for arranging their own travel and hotel accommodations. Attendees who are interested in attending the Public Health Law Conference are also responsible for arranging for their conference registration. A limited number of scholarships covering the cost of conference registration are available to students. To apply for a scholarship, please complete this form and submit it via email to either Katie Johnson or Margo Smith at the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics.

Workshop Agenda

Time (p.m.)


12:30 -1:00



Introduction to the Student Network

Brooke Nunn, M.P.H., M.S.W., Program Coordinator, Network for Public Health Law

Caty Schmitter, Program Coordinator, Network for Public Health Law


Welcome from the Network’s Director: Current Trends and Future Directions in Public Health Law

Donna Levin, J.D., National Director, Network for Public Health Law


Substantive Session 1 | The Role of Public Health Law in the CDC

Donald Benken, J.D., from the CDC’s Public Health Law Program will discuss how law fits into the mission of the CDC and how legal and policy tools are used to address public health priorities in the United States.




Substantive Session 2 │The Role of the Public Health Lawyer

Panelists will share stories about their practice in public health law and how they worked with public health practitioners to move important public health laws and policies forward.

  • Marva Gay, J.D., Senior Assistant Harris County Attorney & Counsel to Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services
  • Wilfredo Lopez, J.D., Former General Counsel, New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
  • Umair A. Shah, M.D., M.P.H., Executive Director, Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services




Career Session 1 | Keys to Building a Career in Public Health Law

New and experienced public health lawyers will discuss strategies for building a career in public health law, including networking, job searching, skills development, and more.

  • Chris Bui, J.D., M.P.H., Tobacco Prevention Policy Coordinator, Tri-County Health Department
  • Kathleen Hoke, J.D., Eastern Region Director, Network for Public Health Law; Professor, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
  • Dan O’Brien, J.D., Former Assistant Attorney General & Principal Counsel, Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene




Career Session 2  | Speed Mentoring

This structured networking exercise will pair small groups of students with experienced public health law professionals to practice career conversations.


Networking Reception