2018 Spring Symposium

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Isolated by the Law:

Legal and Ethical Issues Surrounding Quarantine During Public Health Emergencies

Symposium: Friday, February 23, 2018, 9:00 a.m to 4:00 at the Large Courtroom (Room 1312 – Worrell).

To attend: Registration is Closed. Thank you for attending!

Contact: Stephanie Criscione, Symposium Editor


Session 1 (8:45 to 12:15)

Session 2 (12:50 to 4:15)


The Wake Forest Journal of Law & Policy 2018 Spring symposium, Isolated by the Law: The Legal and Ethical Issues Surrounding Quarantine During Public Health Emergencies, will bring together experts in law, policy, science, and medicine whose research focuses on public health issues and quarantine.

Speakers will discuss the U.S. public healthcare system as a whole and delve deep into what is legally and ethically owed to asymptomatic individuals who are quarantined.

Professor Wendy Parmet, a leading expert on health, disability and public health law, Professor Mark Rothstein, the nation’s leading expert in quarantine and fair compensation, and Nurse Kaci Hickox, who was subjected to quarantine during the Ebola scare, are among some of the speakers attending this event.

Additionally, Professor Jennifer Pomerantz will discuss federal pre-emption in the public health context. Professor Robert Gatter will be speaking on the CDC’s new foreign quarantine rule and the discretionary zone it creates for discrimination and examines the legal tools available to prevent such discrimination from occurring under the veil of infectious disease management. Finally, Dr. Pat Lord from Wake Forest will be discussing the virology behind the most common viruses that trigger quarantine scares.

Isolated by the Law is free and open to the public. This event is approved for 4 hours of free Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit from the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA). It is co-sponsored by the Wake Forest Center for Bioethics, Health, & Society.


8:45 a.m.


9:00 a.m.

Legal and Societal Challenges in Implementing Effective and Human Quarantine

Professor Mark Rothstein
Herbert F. Boehl Chair of Law and Medicine,
Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy and Law at the University of Louisville School of Medicine,
and Professor of Law,
Louis D. Brandeis School of Law
10:00 a.m.

Zika, Ebola, and Flu, Oh My!: Is Quarantine Effective in Preventing These Viral Diseases?

Dr. Pat Lord
Department of Biology,
Wake Forest University
10:45 a.m.

Quarantining Quarantine: Jurisdictional Barriers to the Development of the Law of Quarantine

Professor Wendy Parmet
Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Health Policy and Law,
Northeastern University School of Law Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
Northeastern University School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
11:50 a.m.


1:00 p.m.

Learning from Failures in Ebola Quarantine: Changes Needed in Quarantine Statutes and Procedures

Ms. Kaci Hickox
Nurse and Patient Advocate,
formerly with Doctors Without Borders
1:45 p.m

CDC’s Foreign Quarantine Rule, U.S. Borders, and “Shithole” Countries

Professor Robert Gatter
Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center for Health Law Studies,
Saint Louis University School of Law
Professor of Health Management and Policy
Saint Louis University College of Public Health and Social Justice
2:50 p.m.

Preemption in the Imposition of Quarantine

Professor Eang Ngov
Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law
Barry UniversityProfessor Jennifer Pomerantz
New York University College of Global Public Health
3: 50 p.m.

Closing Remarks: Where Do We Go from Here?

Professor Christine Coughlin
Wake Forest University School of Law
Wake Forest Center for Bioethics, Health, and Society