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April 10, 2020 COVID-19 WEBINAR SERIES

Public Health Measures in Response to COVID-19

Please note that the ABA will seek 1.5 hours of CLE credit in 60 minute states and 1.8 hours of CLE credit in 50 minute states. Credit hours are estimated and are subject to each state's approval and credit rounding rules. Please visit the MCLE website for general information on CLE at the ABA. This CLE is available on-demand for free for ABA members and for $50 for non-members

This program will explain current obstacles to identifying and treating persons with COVID-19 and how to reduce them through existing and proposed laws. In the absence of complete information about the affected population, governments at all levels recommend social distancing to minimize transmission of infection. The program will identify new and proposed laws that facilitate social distancing, comparing them with laws that may hinder containment of the pandemic. Nahid Bhadelia, Medical Director, Special Pathogens Unit, and Associate Professor, Section of Infectious Diseases, Boston University School of Medicine and National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL). Professor Bhadelia will discuss whether the health care system is prepared to respond to the pandemic. Wendy Mariner, Edward R. Utley Professor of Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights, Boston University School of Public Health. Professor Mariner will discuss whether the legal system is prepared to respond to the epidemic, focusing on laws that affect social distancing. ABA President Judy Perry Martinez and Task Force Chair James Sandman will report on the newly-created ABA Task Force on Legal Needs Arising Out of the 2020 Pandemic.

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Welcome and Introduction

  • Judy Perry Martinez, President, American Bar Association; Of Counsel, Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn
  • James J. Sandman, Chair, ABA Task Force on Legal Needs Arising Out of the 2020 Pandemic; Former President, Legal Services Corporation; Former Managing Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP


  • Nahid R. Bhadelia MD, MA, Associate Professor, Boston University School of Medicine; Medical Director of Special Pathogens Unit (SPU), Boston Medical Center
  • Wendy K. Mariner, Edward R. Utley Professor of Health Law, Boston University School of Public Health; Chair, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice (Moderator)

Co-Sponsors: ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights & Responsibilities, ABA Commission on Homelessness & Poverty, ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the ProfessionABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, ABA Government and Public Sector Lawyers DivisionABA Section of LitigationABA Section of State and Local Government Law


Presentation: Wendy K. Mariner

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