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When Public Health Goes to Court: The Court and Public Health Emergencies

posted on Thu, Apr 2 2015 12:00 am by The Network for Public Health Law

Thursday, April 2, 2015 – 1 p.m. ET. View/download the slides.

This webinar focuses on the judicial system’s role in a public health emergency, examining how a judge may approach quarantine and isolation hearings, and the subsequent issuing of orders in a public health emergency. The webinar also offers an overview of information related to courts’ emergency powers, the need to keep courts open during emergencies, and resources related to public health emergency for judges.


  • Moderator: Greg Sunshine, Legal Analyst, Public Health Law Program, CDC 
  • Kim Weidenaar, Deputy Director, Network for Public Health Law, Western Region
  • Karen Kampa Jaszewski, Judicial Attorney, Minnesota Supreme Court
  • Tina Batra Hershey, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health 


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