College of Law > Academics > Centers, Institutes & Initiatives > Mary and Michael Jaharis Health Law Institute > Annual Symposium > Agenda


9:00 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Jennifer Rosato Perea, Dean and Professor of Law, DePaul University
  • Wendy Epstein, Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Jaharis Health Law Institute, DePaul University
  • Alice Setrini, Executive Director, Jaharis Health Law Institute, DePaul University
9:15 a.m. Panel 1: Changes to Laws and Regulations Governing Telemedicine

Government healthcare flexibilities in response to the pandemic drastically altered the way telemedicine services are handled and reimbursed. This panel will discuss how the laws governing telemedicine were adopted to fit our socially distant reality and how health providers navigate this evolving landscape.

  • Valarie Blake, Professor of Law, University of West Virginia
  • Dr. Ron Chacko MD, AAHIVS, Family Medicine Physician, Heartland Health Center
  • Craig Klugman, Chair, Department of Health Sciences, DePaul University

    Moderator: Max Helveston, Associate Professor of Law, DePaul University

10:45 a.m.
Coffee Break
11:00 a.m.
Panel 2: Implementation of COVID-19 Treatments and Vaccines to Maximize Public Health Benefits and Equity

Drug therapies and vaccines for new diseases are an important and highly regulated aspect of public health. This panel will illuminate the regulatory and social challenges surrounding treatment, biotechnology and prevention methods in the fight against COVID-19.

  • Julia Barnes-Weise, Executive Director, Global Healthcare Innovation Alliances Accelerator
  • Dr. Kiran Joshi, Senior Medical Officer, Co-Lead, Cook County Department of Public Health
  • Seema Mohapatra, Associate Professor and Dean’s Fellow, Indiana University
  • Jennifer Piatt, Senior Attorney, Network for Public Health Law
  • Ana Santos Rutschman, Assistant Professor of Law, Center for Health Law Studies, Saint Louis University School of Law

        Moderator: Josh Sarnoff, Professor of Law, DePaul University

12:45 p.m.

Featured Speaker: Professor Michele Goodwin, Chancellor's Professor, University of California, Irvine School of Law; Founding Director, Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy

Coffee Break
2:00 p.m.
Panel 3: High-Cost Treatment Disparities: Who Gets Access, Who Pays?

Patients in need of expensive health interventions often face various barriers to accessing the care they need. This panel will discuss the legal, ethical and equity implications related to costly life-saving health treatments.

  • Katherine Drabiak, Associate Professor, College of Public Health and College of Medicine, University of South Florida
  • Alex Pearlman, Bioethics Researcher and Journalist
  • Govind Persad, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Denver
  • Theodosia Stavroulaki, Jaharis Health Law Faculty Fellow, DePaul University
  • Moderator: Wendy Epstein, Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Jaharis Health Law Institute, DePaul University

Symposium Ends