ACS National Convention - The Pandemic and the Law

VIDEO: The Pandemic and the Law: Legal Precedent Meets Unprecedented Times

June 9, 2020

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The Pandemic and The Law: Legal Precedent Meets Unprecedented Times

While it may be true that the pandemic of 2020 is like nothing most of us have ever experienced, the legal challenges it has presented were not unimaginable. We’ve seen them previously in other circumstances and to different degrees. How have law and policy and our institutions fared during this crisis? Did they facilitate solutions and acts as checks on wrongdoing? Did the Constitution’s federalist scheme work to our advantage or our detriment? How can we maintain the positive policy reforms that have been adopted as a result of the public health crisis (e.g., more expansive bail reform) and ensure that potentially dangerous policies remain temporary (e.g. increased surveillance)? What lessons should be learned about our legal system and constitutional order from this difficult moment?

Initial Remarks and Facilitator: Ron Klain, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Revolution; White House Ebola Response Coordinator (2014-2015)
Tracey Meares, Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law and Founding Director of The Justice Collaboratory, Yale Law School
Michele Bratcher Goodwin, Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Director, Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy, University of California, Irvine
Daniel Rodriguez, Harold Washington Professor of Law, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
Stephen Vladeck, A. Dalton Cross Professor in Law, University of Texas School of Law

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