A Constitutional Examination of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tuesday, Apr 14, 2020

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NOON PDT | April 14th | Online | Featuring Dean Erwin Chemerinsky

What can courts do in the face of a pandemic? What are the constitutional limitations of state action? Can a health department quarantine an entire area of a city or municipality? Renowned constitutional law scholar Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of Berkeley Law, will answer these and many other questions from an esteemed panel from the state judiciary including Chief Justice George W. Draper III (MO) and Justice Sabrina Shizue McKenna (HI).

After participating in this webcast, the participants will be able to:

  • Define the limitations of state and federal power when confronting a pandemic;
  • Explore the relationship between the states and the federal government during a pandemic;
  • Identify U.S. Supreme Court precedent that may be implicated by COVID-19 crisis;
  • Summarize whether government authorities can compel the use of a vaccine; and
  • Describe the most effective court responses to ensure state or federal constitutional provisions are enforced.

This webcast is presented through generous funding from the State Justice Institute (SJI), and offered in partnership with the Appellate Judges Education Institute.


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