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When Public Health Goes to Court: Current Public Health Court Cases

posted on Thu, Feb 26 2015 1:01 pm by The Network for Public Health Law

Thursday, March 5, 2015 – 1 p.m. ET. View/download the slides.

This webinar will consider the role of case law in public health and will provide an opportunity for participants to hear about recent litigation related to the Affordable Care Act, vaccination requirements, and other public health topics. Additionally, panelists will offer tips on how public health practitioners can assist their legal counsel when preparing to litigate a public health case before a state, local, or administrative judge.


  • Moderator: Abigail Ferrell, J.D., M.P.A., Attorney, CDC’s Public Health Law Program; Editor, Public Health Law News, Carter Consulting, Inc.
  • Jane Perkins, J.D., M.P.H., Senior Attorney, Network for Public Health Law—Southeastern Region; Legal Director, National Health Law Program
  • Judge Linda Chezem, Professor, Youth Development and Agricultural Education, School of Agriculture at Purdue University
  • Cheryl Harris Bullard, J.D., Deputy General Counsel for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control


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 second in a three-part series focused on the judiciary and public health. Webinars in the series include Judicial Structure and Functions and the Court and Public Health Emergencies.