Among the speakers at Suffolk Law's recent Ebola and Beyond conference was David Soley, attorney for Maine nurse Kaci Hickox, who made national headlines when she defied her quarantine order after returning from treating Ebola patients in West Africa.

Experts in viral epidemics from the legal and medical arenas gathered to discuss several newsworthy issues, including the constitutionality of certain quarantine rules and why new antibiotics useful in fighting future epidemics might be seen as a bad investment by pharmaceutical companies--and what might be done to alter this dynamic. Panelist Professor Kevin Outterson of Boston University Law School was recently featured in the New Yorker in the article "Ebolanomics," looking at the challenging economics of fighting pandemics.  

The conference was sponsored by Suffolk Law’s Journal of Health & Biomedical Law.

Other speakers included Dr. Shawn D'Andrea, an emergency medicine specialist at Brigham & Women’s Hospital who returned from spending a few months in Sierra Leone caring for Ebola patients in the epicenter of the recent outbreak.

Suffolk Law Professor Renee Landers, who moderated the discussion, is a regular commentator on health care law on NPR and for other media outlets. She served as deputy general counsel for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and as deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Justice during the Clinton Administration. Learn more about the conference..

Seanna Balfe '05, Assistant General Counsel at inVentiv Health, looked at issues of employer liability when a company sends employees to an area known to be facing a major health crisis.

Conference Information:
Thursday, March 26, 2015
12:00-3:00pm
Lunch at 12:00, Panel Discussion at 12:45
First Floor Function Room
Suffolk Law School
120 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108