Public Health Law at William Mitchell College of Law
Many of our attorneys teach public health law, both for non-lawyers in state and national trainings, and for law students at William Mitchell College of Law. We conduct seminars for organizations such as the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, the National Association of County and City Health Officials, and the National Association of Local Boards of Health. We also offer the following law school classes at William Mitchell:
This class introduces students to the fundamentals of public health law, including those constitutional, administrative, and statutory provisions that empower or mandate government to act for the health of the community and those that curtail the state's power to do so. It covers the major issues in public health law today, including testing for and reporting of communicable diseases; sensitive health information, the fourth amendment and the duty to warn; tobacco litigation as a public health strategy; criminal and civil penalties for risking transmission of disease; and bioterrorism.
This class presents an overview of the legislative process through lectures, readings, speakers, and a series of drafting exercises. It covers a range of topics pertaining to legislative advocacy, including the legislative process, developing an effective legislative strategy, ethics in lobbying, effective representation of clients before the legislature, the role of the executive and judicial branches, and careers at the legislature.