COVID-19: Law, Economics, Governance —
A Virtual Workshop Series

This interdisciplinary virtual workshop and seminar led by Faculty Director Abbe Gluck '00 and Professor Ian Ayres '86 features leading scholars, industry leaders, scientists, advocates, and government experts to discuss the pandemic's intersections with, and disruptions to, many areas of law. Topics range from elections to the incarcerated, constitutional law, vaccines, disparities, the workplace, and more. The workshop is open to the Yale community and typically will begin at 5pm or 6pm each week; Q&A will be conducted via the chat for those not enrolled in the seminar. The full list of speakers, dates and times are below. 

New York CLE credit will be available

Yale Law School has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as an Accredited Provider of CLE programs. Preregistration is required for CLE credit. Program content is appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys. Readings will be made available to all who preregister and indicate their interest in CLE credit. Please note that New York State requires participants to attend the entire program to receive a CLE Certificate of Attendance.

If you have CLE questions or special needs, contact the Solomon Center at

Workshop Schedule

Registration is required for non-YLS community members.

COVID & the Incarcerated – August 26 @ 6:15 pm 

  • Judge Nancy Gertner (Ret.) ’71: Retired United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts; Senior Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School
  • Dr. Jaimie Meyer: Associate Professor of Medicine (AIDS), Yale School of Medicine; Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing, Yale School of Nursing; Affiliated Faculty, the Liman Center for Public Interest Law, Yale Law School
  • Marisol Orihuela ’08: Clinical Associate Professor of Law, Yale Law School; Former Deputy Federal Public Defender (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Judith Resnik: Arthur Liman Professor of Law and Founding Director of the Liman Center for Public Interest Law, Yale Law School

COVID & The Election – September 2 @ 5:00 pm

  • Richard L. Hasen: Chancellor's Professor of Law and Political Science, University of California, Irvine
  • Michael T. Morley '03: Assistant Professor, Florida State University College of Law
  • Nathaniel Persily: James B. McClatchy Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
  • Charles Stewart III: Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

COVID & Constitutional Law – September 9 @ 6:00 pm

  • Joseph Blocher '06: Lanty L. Smith '67 Professor of Law, Duke Law School
  • Douglas Laycock: Class of 1963 Research Professor in honor of Graham C. Lilly and Peter W. Low, Robert E. Scott Distinguished Professor of Law, and Professor of Religious Studies, University of Virginia
  • Melissa Murray '02: Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law and Faculty Director of Birnbaum Women's Leadership Network, New York University School of Law
  • Stephen Vladeck '04: A. Dalton Cross Professor in Law, University of Texas at Austin School of Law

COVID and Ethics, Medical Rationing, & Disability – September 16 @ 5:00 pm

  • Samuel Bagenstos: Frank G. Millard Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School
  • Dr. Joseph J. Fins: The E. William Davis, Jr. M.D. Professor of Medical Ethics, Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics, Professor of Medicine (with Tenure), Professor of Public Health, and Professor of Medicine in Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College; Solomon Center Distinguished Scholar in Medicine, Bioethics, and the Law and Visiting Professor of Law, Yale Law School
  • Henry T. (Hank) Greely '77: Deane F. and Kate Edelman Johnson Professor of Law and Director, Center for Law and the Biosciences, Stanford Law School; Professor by courtesy of Genetics, Stanford School of Medicine; Director, Stanford Program and Neuroscience and Society; Chair, Steering Committee of the Center for Biomedical Ethics, Stanford University
  • Peter Littlejohns: Professor of Public Health in the Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, King's College London; Honorary Consultant to Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

COVID, FDA, and Science – September 23 @ 5:00 pm

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  • Dr. Tom Cahill: Founder and Managing Partner, Newpath Partners
  • Nathan Grubaugh: Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases), Yale School of Medicine
  • Dr. Margaret (Peggy) Hamburg: Foreign Secretary of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), formerly the Institute of Medicine (IOM); Former Commissioner of the United States Food and Drug Administration
  • Dr. Aaron S. Kesselheim: Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Sidley Austin-Robert D. McLean Visiting Professor in Law, Yale Law School

COVID & Health Care Systems – September 30 @ 5:00 pm

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  • Dr. Mandy K. Cohen: Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services 
  • Lawrence Gostin: University Professor, Georgetown University; Founding Linda D. & Timothy J. O'Neill Professor of Global Health Law, Georgetown University Law Center; Faculty Director, O'Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law; Director, World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Public Health Law & Human Rights
  • Dr. Karen S. Rheuban: Professor of Pediatrics, Senior Associate Dean of Continuing Medical Education, and Director of the Karen S. Rheuban Center for Telehealth, University of Virginia; Former President of the American Telemedicine Association
  • Andy Slavitt: Distinguished Health Policy Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania; Former Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

COVID & Employment Law; COVID and Immigration
October 7 @ 5:00 pm

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Employment Law (5:00 - 6:45 pm)

  • Mark Barnes '84: Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP; Visiting Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School
  • Daniel Hemel '12: Professor of Law and Ronald H. Coase Research Scholar, University of Chicago Law School
  • Anup Malani: Lee and Brena Freeman Professor, University of Chicago Law School; Professor, Pritzker School of Medicine
  • Daniel  Rodriguez: Harold Washington Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

Immigration (6:45 - 7:15 pm)

  • Lucas Guttentag: Martin R. Flug Lecturer in Law and Senior Research Scholar in Law, Yale Law School; Professor of the Practice of Law, Stanford Law School

COVID, Federalism, and Localism - October 14 @ 5:00 pm

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  • Richard Florida: University Professor at University of Toronto’s School of Cities and Rotman School of Management, Distinguished Fellow at NYU and FIU, and Co-Founder and Senior Editor, The Atlantic City Lab.
  • David N. Schleicher: Professor of Law, Yale Law School
  • Miriam Seifter: Associate Professor of Law and Rowe Faculty Fellow in Regulatory Law, University of Wisconsin Law School
  • David Skeel: S. Samuel Arsht Professor of Corporate Law, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School

COVID, Executive Powers, Emergency Powers, and Civil Liberties
October 21 @ 5:00 pm

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  • John A. Ferejohn: Samuel Tilden Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
  • Jack Goldsmith '89: Learned Hand Professor of Law, Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
  • Roderick M. (Rick) Hills Jr. '91: William T. Comfort, III Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
  • Bernadette Meyler: Carl and Sheila Spaeth Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Research and Intellectual Life, Stanford Law School; Professor, by courtesy, English, Stanford University
  • John Fabian Witt, '99: Allen H. Duffy Class of 1960 Professor of Law, Yale Law School

COVID & the Courts; COVID, Contact Tracing, and Privacy
October 28 @ 5:00 pm

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The Courts (5:00 - 6:15 pm)

  • Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann '80: Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack: Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court
  • Chief Judge Lee H. Rosenthal: Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Contact Tracing & Privacy (6:20 - 7:35 pm)

  • Orin Kerr: Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley School of Law
  • Glen Weyl: Office of the Chief Technology Officer Political Economist and Social Technologist, Microsoft; Founder and Chair, RadicalxChange Foundation
  • Jonathan L. Zittrain: George Bemis Professor of International Law, Vice Dean for Library and Information Resources, and Faculty Director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, Harvard Law School; Professor of Computer Science, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; Professor, Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government

COVID & the Economy; COVID & the Social Safety Net
November 4 @ 6:00 pm

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Economy (6:00-7:00 pm)

Co-sponsored by the Law, Economics & Organization Workshop

  • Daron Acemoglu: Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Yair Listokin '05: Shibley Family Fund Professor of Law, Yale Law School

Social Safety Net (7:00-8:00 pm)

  • Andrew Hammond '14: Assistant Professor of Law, University of Florida Levin College of Law
  • Karen Tani: Seaman Family University Professor, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School

COVID & Education; COVID, Ageism, and Care for Aging Populations
November 11 @ 5:00 pm

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Education (5:00 - 6:00 pm)
  • Daniel Markovits ’00: Guido Calabresi Professor of Law, Yale Law School
  • Kimberly J. Robinson: Elizabeth D. and Richard A. Merrill Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law; Professor of Education, Curry School of Education; and Professor of Law, Education and Public Policy, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia
Ageism and Care for Aging Populations (6:00 - 7:00 pm)
  • Alison E. Hirschel '84: Director, Michigan Elder Justice Initiative; Public Interest/Public Service Faculty Fellow and Lecturer, University of Michigan Law School
  • Nina Kohn: David M. Levy Professor of Law and Faculty Director of Online Education, Syracuse University College of Law; Distinguished Scholar in Elder Law, Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy, Yale Law School

COVID and Disparities - November 18 @ 5 pm (tentative)

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  • Sarah S. Richardson: Professor of the History of Science and of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Director, GenderSci Lab, Harvard University
  • Kendall Thomas '83: Nash Professor of Law and Co-Founder and Director of Center for the Study of Law & Culture, Columbia Law School
  • Additional speakers being confirmed

COVID-19 and the Law: Disruption, Impact, and Legacy - Call for Abstracts 

On July 1, the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy at Yale Law School and Harvard Law School’s Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics issued a Call for Abstracts today for a virtual conference on the COVID-19 pandemic to take place throughout the 2020-2021 academic year; a book project is very likely to accompany the conference that will take the form of a series of workshops. The collaboration will examine the pandemic from several innovative perspectives, but will particularly focus on its relationship with health law and policy.

The project will be co-led by Solomon Center Faculty Director, Professor Abbe Gluck ’00 and Petrie-Flom Center Faculty Director, Professor Glenn Cohen along with the centers’ respective executive directors, Katie Kraschel and Carmel Shachar. The conference will add to the Solomon Center’s COVID-focused work already underway.

Scholarship & Advocacy

As the COVID-19 pandemic hit, faculty, staff, and students from the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy immediately got to work. Since mid-March, members of the Solomon Center have been working on many areas of COVID-related health and legal policy, including easing restrictions to telehealth; expanding health care access to students now home from universities; and opposing executive orders that have restricted access to abortion during the pandemic. They are also putting forth important ideas for improving federal legislation and working in New Haven through innovative Medical Legal Partnerships to deliver on-the-ground assistance.

Abbe Gluck ’00, faculty director of the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy, is part of a team of experts building a blueprint for federal legal assistance and coronavirus legislation. The group also includes Yale Law School student and Solomon Center Student Fellow Erica Turret ’20  and Solomon Center affiliated faculty Dr. Howard Forman, a Yale University professor of public health, radiology, and management, who coordinated the working group’s effort. The group outlined their plan in a commentary on Health Affairs. The blueprint was also cited in a New Yorker article, titled "What Would a Proper Coronavirus Stimulus Plan Look Like? Following the passage of the CARES

On the 10th anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Professor Gluck and Erica Turret wrote a commentary for Health Affairs about how much worse the COVID-19 pandemic would be if we did not have the protections and coverage of the ACA.


The Center’s Medical Legal Partnerships have been actively working with physician partners to protect the populations they serve in a number of ways, including:

-      Working with the Transitions Clinic Medical Legal Partnership for formerly incarcerated individuals, the Center has advocated with the Governor’s office and other Connecticut officials to safely thin the density of Connecticut’s incarcerated population. In a recent letter, the group argues that mass infection in the prisons will overwhelm the state’s hospitals, affecting the entire state’s public health. They urged: “Connecticut has days, not weeks, to chart a different future. Under current conditions, in which there is no cure and no widespread testing, the thousands of Connecticut residents who live and work in correctional facilities are simply unable to practice the most effective method of prevention: social distancing. To create the requisite spacing of 6 feet between individuals, the State must rapidly decrease the density of its prisons, jails, and halfway houses.” With colleagues, Professor Gluck also co-wrote an commentary in the CT Post about how COVID-19 threatens to overrun Connecticut’s jails and prisons.

-     HAVEN Medical Legal Partnership students have worked in collaboration with New Haven Legal Aid Association to assist in advocacy efforts for detained immigrants, including filing emergency applications for medical release.

-     Pediatric MLP students have worked with Connecticut Center for Children’s Advocacy to compile and update a Benefits Resource Guides.


On the academic side, the Center recently held a “lawyering through Covid-19” special seminar for students and alums with Mark Barnes ’84, chair of the Ropes & Gray Healthcare Practice, and FDA expert Dr. Aaron Kesselheim.

Professor Gluck, together with Yale Law Professor David Schleicher, has also organized a weekly faculty workshop exploring the multitude of ways that COVID-19 intersects with virtually every area of law, from tax law, health law, immigration law, federalism, criminal justice, and much more.

Additional News Clips

(July 8) Dr. Joseph Fins, Solomon Center Distinguished Scholar in Medince, Bioethics, and the law wrote an opinion about the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on bioethics, "COVID-19 makes clear that bioethics must confront health disparities"

(June 18) Visiting Professor Mark Barnes '84 wrote an article in the New England Journal of Medicine about the challenges of "return to work."

(June 1) Solomon Center Distinguished Scholar in Medicine, Bioethics, and the Law Dr. Joseph Fins had an essay for the NYSBA titled "Sunshine is the Best Disinfectant, Especially During a Pandemic"

(May 23) Visiting Professor Nina A. Kohn wrote a piece for The Hill titled "Nursing homes need increased staffing, not legal immunity."

(May 13) Visiting Professor Nina A. Kohn is quoted in an article in the Chigaco Tribune about the challenges facing long-term care facilities in Illinois during COVID-19 and calls for increased regulation.

(May 12) Abbe R. Gluck ’00 was quoted in a Talking Points Memo article about the effect ending Obamacare would have on the COVID-19 pandemic.

(May 6) Executive Director Katie Kraschel was quoted in an article about patient privacy and COVID-19 data.

(May 3) Abbe Gluck '00 was quoted in a Washington Post article on federalism and the state-level response to the COVID crisis.

(May 2) Abbe R. Gluck ’00 was quoted in the New Haven Register about the federal government’s response to the production and distribution of PPE.

(May 2) Abbe Gluck '00 spoke at a "virtual march" organized by NeedMasksToday, bringing together experts from across Yale, politicians, and more than 1000 people online to demand adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline medical workers. The march and Professor Gluck's remarks were featured in a New Haven Register article

(April 29) Professor Nina A. Kohn, YLS visiting professor, spoke at the African American Policy Forum's virtual panel series Under the Blacklight, in an episode exploring "COVID in Confinement"

(April 23) Professor Nina A. Kohn, YLS visiting professor for Spring 2020, authored an opinion piece in The Hill about addressing the COVID-19 crisis in longterm care facilities. 

(April 17) Katherine Kraschel, Executive Director of the Solomon Center for Health Law & Policy, Erica Turret ’20,  Blake Shultz ’21, and Sara Tannenbaum M.D. wrote a commentary for Health Affairs about abortion rights during the pandemic.

(April 15) Abbe Gluck '00 was a guest on ABC News where she discussed the impact of ending the DACA program in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

(April 13) Abbe Gluck '00 wrote a commentary in the Washington Post with Timothy Stoltzfus Jost, titled “What happens when our insurance is tied to our jobs, and our jobs vanish?”

(April 5) Blake Shultz ’21, a J.D./M.D. candidate and student fellow of the Center, and Evan Walker-Wells ’21 have a commentary in the Stamford Advocate about student health insurance coverage during the pandemic.

(April 2) Abbe Gluck '00 and the general counsels for three major health care systems wrote a commentary for the New York Times about the effect a Supreme Court decision terminating DACA would have on hospitals during the pandemic.

(April 1) Abbe Gluck '00 was quoted in a Bloomberg Law article about President Trump’s choice not to reopen the Affordable Care Act exchanges to allow uninsured Americans to purchase health-care coverage during the coronavirus pandemic.

(April 1) Solomon Center Distinguished Scholar in Medicine, Bioethics, and the Law Dr. Joseph Fins had an essay for the Hastings Bioethics Forum titled “Disabusing the Disability Critique of the New York State Task Force Report on Ventilator Allocation.”

(March 31) Blake Shultz ’21, a J.D./M.D. candidate and student fellow of the Center, cowrote an op/ed for the Hartford Courant about COVID-19 spread in Connecticut prisons.

*Please check back to this page for additional updates.