Bioethics and the Law Today: A Panel Discussion

Bioethics and the Law Today: A Panel Discussion

Sponsored by the Hopkins Alumni in Law and Healthcare Affinities

Decisions about the allocation of resources in health care and public health settings raise substantial ethical and legal challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Join our panel as they discuss the legal and ethical implications of resource allocation decisions, racial disparities resulting from structural discrimination, and judicial uncertainty about how to assess the constitutionality of state and local public health orders.

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Seema Mohapatra, Esq. (A&S '96)

Seema Mohapatra is a tenured faculty member at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and is currently serving as a visiting professor at FAMU College of Law. She is an expert in the areas of biotechnology and the law, public health law, reproductive justice, and health equity. Professor Mohapatra earned her Juris Doctorate at Northwestern University School of Law, her Master of Public Health in chronic disease epidemiology at Yale University, and her bachelor's degree with a major in Natural Sciences and a minor in Women's Studies from Johns Hopkins University.

Professor Seema Mohapatra is a tenured associate professor of law at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis, Indiana. She has taught a wide variety of courses including Torts, Introduction to Health Care Law and Policy, Bioethics and the Law, Genetics and the Law, Public Health Law, Women's Heath and the Law, Professional Responsibility, and Business Organizations. Professor Mohapatra is an expert in biotechnology and the law, public health law, reproductive justice, and health equity. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she has written about various issues including structural racism, mask mandates and racial discrimination, and health justice. Professor Mohapatra is regularly consulted by the media for her expertise. She is the co-editor of Feminist Judgments: Health Law Rewritten (with Lindsay F. Wiley) (forthcoming 2021, Cambridge University Press). She is also a co-author of the forthcoming third edition of the textbook Reproductive Technologies and the Law (with Judith Daar, I. Glenn Cohen, and Sonia Suter) (forthcoming 2021, Carolina Academic Press).

Robert Gatter, Esq. (A&S '86)

Rob Gatter is a Professor of Law in the Center for Health Law Studies at Saint Louis University School of Law where is specializes in Public Health Law. In addition to teaching Public Health Law, he offers courses in Health Care Law, Health Care Financing and Business Planning, and Administrative Law, among others. Prof. Gatter has published numerous articles about public health policy, including articles on the law as related to quarantine orders, masking orders, and stay-at-home orders during both the 2014 Ebola scare and the COVID-19 pandemic. He is a member of the COVID-19 Task Force for Saint Louis County. Prof. Gatter is also a co-author of Health Law: Cases, Materials and Problems (8th ed. 2018), which is the nation's most widely adopted health law casebook. He holds a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, a M.A. (bioethics) from the Medical College of Wisconsin, and is a proud 1986 graduate of Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. (social and behavioral sciences). He attended his first Hopkins lacrosse game as a fourth-grader with his Dad (JHU '54), watching the Blue Jays beat Maryland to win the 1974 NCAA championship.

Lance Gable, Esq. (A&S '95, Public Health '01)

Lance Gable is an Associate Professor of Law at Wayne State University Law School. He served as Interim Dean of Wayne Law from September 2016 to August 2017, and currently serves as the Faculty Director for the Minor in Law Program. He teaches courses on Public Health Law, Bioethics and the Law, Torts and other health law subjects. His research addresses the overlap among law, policy, ethics, health and science. He has published journal articles on a diverse array of topics, including public health law, ethics and policy; international human rights; bioterrorism and emergency preparedness; mental health; research ethics; and information privacy. He also is co-editor and co-author respectively of two books: Research with High Risk Populations: Balancing Science, Ethics and the Law and Legal Aspects of HIV/AIDS: A Guide for Policy and Law Reform.

Gable has helped the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services develop ethical guidelines for the allocation of scarce medical resources during public health emergencies, and is a co-editor of the recent report Assessing Legal Responses to COVID-19. Gable holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Johns Hopkins University and Master of Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

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 Event Date
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Start Time: 1:00pm
End Time: 2:00pm

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