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When Public Health Goes to Court: Judicial Structure and Functions

posted on Thu, Feb 5 2015 12:00 am by The Network for Public Health Law

February 5, 2015 at 1 p.m. ET. View/download the slides.

The judicial system plays an important role in advancing public health goals, and it is critical that public health practitioners, legal counsel, and other partners understand how the court system works and how courts are involved in public health matters. This webinar looks at the structure and essential functions of the state and federal court systems, including administrative courts; explores the Tribal court system; and examines the role of court watch programs in addressing public health issues.     


  • Montrece Ransom, Public Health Law Program, Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


  • Judge David T. Emerson, Douglas County Superior Court, Georgia
  • Lorre Cuzze, J.D., M.P.H., Law Clerk, State Court of Dekalb County, Georgia
  • Tina Batra Hershey, J.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health  
  • Kerri McGowan Lowrey, J.D., M.P.H., Deputy Director, Network for Public Health Law — Eastern region

Webinar is free to attend and CLEs are available for some attendees.

Public Health and the Judiciary: A Webinar Series Co-Sponsored by CDC’s Public Health Law Program and the Network for Public Health Law

The U.S. court system has a substantial impact on public health. The courts have been instrumental in establishing the evolving reach and boundaries of government involvement in public health since the 1800’s. The Supreme Court’s landmark 1905 decision in Jacobson v. Massachusetts recognized the judiciary as both an enforcer of governmental public health policies, and an arbiter of the conflicts between individual liberties and public interests that arise from governmental public health action. 

This webinar is first in a three-part series focused on the judiciary and public health. Upcoming webinars in the series include Public Health in the Courts, and the Court and Public Health Emergencies.