All 2015–2016 Events

Events and conferences at the cutting edge of health law and policy are held every month of the academic year, including a series of events focused on domestic health policy and health care issues, driven in part by the passions of interested students. Below is a full list of events that have taken place during the 2015-2016 academic term. 

2015-2016 Full Schedule

  • October 6, 2015: "Meeting the Needs of Incarcerated Women: Health, Work, and Wellbeing."  Panel discussion with seven experts, and moderated by Yale Law Professors Judith Resnik and Ali Miller.
  • October 27, 2015: "Healthcare and RFRA: Balancing Religious Freedoms & Reproductive Rights," panel discussion with Yale Law Professors Reva Siegel and Stephen Latham, Kara Loewentheil, Director of the Public Rights/Private Conscience Project at Columbia Law School, and moderated by Yale Law Professor Linda Greenhouse.
  • November 12-13, 2015: Solomon Center Launch and Inaugural Conference (conference website, with video archive: https://www.law.yale.edu/solomon-center/events/inaugural-conference); (conference photos available at: https://yalelaw.smugmug.com/151112-Solomon-Conference/n-kzFXNx/)
  • November 18, 2015: "Having Your Cake And Eating It Too: A Conversation About Summers In Food And Health Law" (Co-Sponsored by FoodSoc and CDO) Speakers included Yale Law Students Marina Romani, Christine Monahan, and Jeff Chen.
  • January 27, 2016: "Poverty, Health & U.S. Food Policy" Lunch Talk and Coffee Chat (Co-Sponsored by the Center and FoodSoc) Speakers: Dean Kelly Brownell, Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy; Kurt Messner, USDA, Food and Nutrition Services Regional Administrator; Moderated by Emily Broad Leib, Harvard Clinical Law Professor and Director, Center for Health Law & Policy Innovation, & Abbe Gluck, Yale Law Professor and Director, Solomon Center for Health Law & Policy. Read a news story on the event.
  • February 22, 2016: "Day in the Life with Judy Tabar, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England: A Provider's Perspective on the Reproductive Rights Movement." Judy Tabar is the President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England (PPSNE), which serves Connecticut and Rhode Island. Prior to the 2009 merger with Planned Parenthood of Rode Island, Ms. Tabar was the CEO of Planned Parenthood of Connecticut, serving in that role since January 1997. PPSNE provides services to over 70,000 patients at 18 health centers across the two states. Ms. Tabar joined Planned Parenthood in 1980 as a physician assistant providing direct patient care, and has since served in numerous leadership roles within the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA). In 2007, Ms. Tabar received the PPFA Ruth Green Award in recognition for her excellence as a CEO. She is also a 2011 recipient of the Maria Stewart Award from the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund, which recognized her statewide leadership in educating the public about women’s rights and advocating for their full participation in society.  Ms. Tabar will discuss how her work as a provider and an advocate in the field of reproductive rights has evolved over her career.
  • February 22, 2016: "Fear and Loathing in Health Journalism: Covering Outbreaks, from HIV, SARS, Ebola to Zika."  How should journalists cover the latest emerging health threats? Given the immense influence of the media in shaping political and popular discourse, what are the responsibilities of journalists when dealing with scientific uncertainties in presenting their narratives? What are the dangers of over-hyping—or down-playing—an epidemic? Julia Belluz will reflect on her time covering emerging epidemics for Vox.  Julia Belluz is a National Magazine Award-winning journalist covering medicine and public health for Vox.com. She was a 2013-14 Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT. Julia’s writing has appeared in Maclean’s, the British Medical Journal, the Globe and Mail, the National Post, Slate, the Times (of London), the Economist, and other publications.
  • March 7, 2016: “Public Health Challenges in China” Lunch talk with Yanzhong Huang.  A talk co-sponsored with the Paul Tsai China Center.
  • March 9, 2016: The Future of Eugenics and the Law: A Conversation with writer Adam Cohen, who has worked at TIME and the New York Times, and teaches at Yale Law School (co-sponsored with YLW, LSRJ, and the Solomon Center). 
  • March 21, 2016: "Transparency and Ethics in Clinical Research" Lunch Talk.
  • March 24, 2016: Discussion about Supreme Court case Zubik v. Burwell and RFRA.
  • April 2016: Abortion Stigma and Amicus Briefs. Panel discussion including women who ahve worked on amicus briefs related to abortion rights and abortion stigma.
  • April 20, 2016: Spring Alumni Career Night.  The panel will include alums, Wendy Warring, Senior Vice President, Boston Children’s Hospital; Justin Florence, Ropes & Gray; Medha Makhlouf, Penn State’s Dickinson Law Professor and Director, Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic. Come hear from alumni who have taken different paths to success in health law, whether working at a major law firm, in-house at our nation’s leading health systems, leading major governmental organizations, or teaching the next generation of health lawyers. All are welcome for dinner and for a brief reception in the Alumni Reading Room following the panel discussion.
  • May 11, 2016: Alumni Breakfast on "Pharma, Science, and Innovation: What Does the Future Hold for Health Care Industry and for Patients?" cosponsored with the Center for the Study of Corporate Law.