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Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta June 12-14, 2006
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Symposium on Due Processes in Public Health: Constitutional Foundations and Implications for Public Health Practice
The symposium on due processes in public health will take place Monday, June 12, 2006, from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm at the Westin Peachtree Plaza, the site of the 2006 The Public’s Health and the Law in the 21st Century conference.
Pre-registration is preferred but not required.

To pre-register for this session, please send an email with your name, email address, and affiliation to Briana Grovhoug Kennedy at cqu3@cdc.gov.

Symposium Goal:To explore Constitutional bases for due process protections as they apply in public health practice, including substantive and procedural due process.

Symposium Format: This special symposium session will cover the topic of due process in public health practice through presentations made by three distinguished experts, each of whom possesses unique background and expertise with respect to this topic. The session’s scope will encompass Constitutional foundations of due process, due process in routine public health practice situations, and, to enrich audience members’ understandings of due process in public health practice by way of comparison and contrast, due process and relevant standards in criminal proceedings. Following individual presentations, the speakers will answer questions from the audience and, time permitting, may engage in a panel discussion which examines due process in action by way of a case scenario implicating substantive and procedural due process considerations. The speakers’ presentations will encompass the following:
  • Academic law: Constitutional foundations of due process, including a brief historical context for the Bill of Rights and 5th Amendment; post-Civil War enactment of the 14th Amendment; basics of substantive due process and judicial review; basics of procedural due process in both civil and criminal proceedings; and basics of equal protection.
  • Public health legal practice: Due process in public health practice, with a predominant emphasis on procedural due process as illustrated through brief, selected examples from public health practice.
  • Criminal law and procedure: Due process in criminal proceedings, and distinguishing due process considerations in criminal proceedings from those applying in civil proceedings and routine public health case situations.
Symposium Faculty:
  • Academic law –> Wendy Parmet, JD, Professor of Law, Northeastern University Law School, Boston
  • Public health legal practitioner –> Wilfredo Lopez, JD, General Counsel for Health, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Criminal law and procedure –> Francis Schmitz, JD, Assistant U.S. Attorney and National Crisis Management Coordinator, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.
"Give a man health and a course to steer, and he'll never stop to trouble about whether he's happy or not."

-George Bernard Shaw

The Public's Health and the Law in the 21St Century 5TH Annual Conference               June 12-14, 2006
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