Professor Leslie Wolf assumes roles as new center director

Message from the Director

The Center’s 10th Anniversary year was capped by an incredible fall, including a terrific series of presentations around a mental health theme. Paul Lombardo started us off by moderating a discussion on Parham v. J.R. with two lawyers involved with that case. We then welcomed USC law professor Elyn Saks, discussing her experiences with schizophrenia, for the College of Law’s 54th Henry J. Miller Distinguished Lecture. We closed out the series with Temple Grandin discussing the value of cognitive diversity, using examples from her own life.

The spring semester kicked off with our 9th annual Bioethics at the Movies series. We were honored to host Drs. Harold Jaffe and James Curran, who provided perspectives on their experiences at CDC in the early days of the AIDS epidemic, as depicted in And the Band Played On, and Dr. Neil Shulman, who discussed the challenges of primary care in today’s medical environment, using clips from Doc Hollywood, based on the book he wrote.

Responding to the recent measles outbreak, we will host two public lectures on vaccinations, public health, and the law. In March, award-winning author of The Panic Virus, Seth Mnookin, will discuss “Misinformation and Measles: The Disneyland Outbreak, Public Health, and the Nature of Truth.”  In April, Indiana University School of Public Health Professor Ross Silverman will present “It’s a Small World After All: Law, Politics, and Immunization Policy.”

This summary of events does not capture the numerous lunch sessions that the Center and the Student Health Law Association put on. Nor does it convey the range of activities our faculty, graduates, and students are engaged in. I encourage you to explore our website to learn more about what is happening at the Center.

Best wishes,

Leslie E. Wolf, J.D., M.P.H.
Professor of Law
Director, Center for Law, Health & Society