UH Law School presents experts on public health preparedness

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
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Posted: Mar 27, 2007

HONOLULU — The William S. Richardson School of Law Asian-Pacific Law & Policy Journal program will hold a symposium entitled, "Outbreak in Hawaiʻi: Realities and Legal Consequences of Public Health Emergencies," on Friday, April 13, 2007. The symposium, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 1:30 to 5 p.m. in the law school building, classroom 2.

The all-day symposium will include discussions on federal authority in emergencies and constitutional issues involved in quarantines by speaker Ernest Abbott, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Law Associates, LLC (former General Counsel of FEMA); U.S. Pacific Command‘s (PACOM) pandemic response plan by speaker Rodney Smallwood, Wing Commander, Royal Australian Air Force; and the State Department of Health‘s pandemic flu preparedness and response plan by speakers Bart Aronoff, MPH, and Mary Kathleen Gaynor, MD.

The program will also focus on the legal consequences of public health emergencies through a panel discussion moderated by Law School Dean Avi Soifer, along with panelists Ernest Abbott, FEMA Law Associates; George Apter, Hawaiʻi Health Systems Corp.; The Honorable Daniel R. Foley, Intermediate Court of Appeals, State of Hawaiʻi; Professor James H. Pietsch, William S. Richardson School of Law; and Wing Commander Rodney Smallwood, PACOM.

For more information, contact Cynthia Quinn, Director of Communications and External Relations, at 956-5516.