Yearly Archives: 2013

Same Sex Marriage at the US Supreme Court: Oral Argument and Panel Discussion

The U.S. Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments in the same sex marriage cases this week.  Please join us for a debrief which will include a short “screening” of the arguments followed by a panel discussion with UC Hastings Professors Beth HillmanLois Weithorn, and David Faigman

Come prepared to participate in SCOTUS bingo and enjoy pizza and beer!

As always, this event is free and members of the public are also encouraged to attend.

Sponsored by the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy, and the Hastings Government Law Organization

Parental Refusal of Childhood Vaccinations: Trends, Consequences, and Legal Policy Responses

Over the past several years more parents have opted not to provide their children with immunizations recommended by federal authorities and otherwise required by state authorities.  At the same time, outbreaks of some vaccine-preventable diseases have become more common, and public health concerns that disappeared decades ago have returned.  This panel describes the challenges the anti-vaccine movement poses and examines the role of law in protecting public health while respecting the rights of parents and children.   Is there a way to recognize deeply held religious, philosophical and political views of parents while still protecting public health?  What factors should determine public policy on childhood immunization?

About the Speakers:

Brian Lee, MD, FAAP is the Co-Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at the Children's Hospital and Research Center in Oakland

Dorit R. Reiss, LLB, PhD 
is a Professor of Law at UC Hastings

Robert Schwartz, JD is a Professor of Law at the University of New Mexico and a Visiting Professor of Law at UC Hastings

Lois Weithorn, JD, PhD is a Professor of Law at UC Hastings

More than Same Sex Marriage: Law, Health, and Defining Family

Keynote SpeakerKaren Thompson

Legal CommentatorKate Kendell, JD, Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights

Medical CommentatorEric Widera, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at UCSF, Director of the Hospice & Palliative Care Service at the San Francisco VA Medical Center,  Program Director for the Geriatrics Fellowship at UCSF

About the Keynote Speaker: Karen Thompson retired after 36 years as a professor at St. Cloud State University. She gained national recognition following the November 13, 1983 car accident of her partner Sharon Kowalski.  Sharon sustained a traumatic brain injury after a drunk driver hit her car.  Following the accident, Sharon’s biological family refused to acknowledge or accept Sharon’s relationship with Karen and kept them apart for more than 3 ½ years.

As a result of these actions, Karen came out and began her nearly decade long legal battle for guardianship and for Sharon’s right to come home.  She spoke across the country not just to tell the story of her fight for Sharon to move home, but also to raise awareness for legal protection for lesbian and gay relationships.

Co-SponsorsUCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy, UC Hastings Faculty Colloquium Series,OUTLAW Student Organization


Update: This event was recorded and part 1 can be found here.

Consortium Grand Rounds: Speaking Science to Law

eaturing Deborah Hussey Freeland, PhD, JD

About the Speaker:
University of San Francisco Associate Professor Deborah M. Hussey Freeland’s research on the interfaces between law and science is uniquely informed by her experience a lawyer, scientist, and theorist. Her law review articles contribute to our understanding of professional identity and ethics in interdisciplinary collaboration, and include “What Is a Lawyer?: A Reconstruction of the Lawyer As an Officer of the Court” (St. Louis University Public Law Review, 2012), “Maieusis Through a Gated Membrane: ‘Getting the Science Right’ in Public Decisionmaking” Stanford Environmental Law Journal, 2007), and “The Sine Qua Non of Copyright” (Journal of Copyright Society of the U.S.A., 2004). She also has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in prominent scientific journals, and spoken on a variety of topics involving law and science, environmental decisionmaking, identity theory, and professional ethics. She has created a pathbreaking seminar titled Science and the Law, and brings a comparative perspective on the methods and epistemology of science to her courses Civil Procedure and Evidence.