Professor Mark A. Rothstein delivered the annual Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Lecture at the School of Law on Tuesday, March 1, 2005. The lecture, on "SARS and Other Public Health Emergencies: Containment Strategies and the Law," began at 4:00 p.m. in the Strom Thurmond Auditorium of the School of Law. A reception followed.
The topic is a timely one for South Carolina as it encompasses legal and public health issues addressed by South Carolina's recently enacted Emergency Health Powers Act. Regulations to implement this Act are currently being developed by the Department of Health & Environmental Control.
Speaker Mark A. Rothstein holds the Herbert F. Boehl Chair of Law and Medicine and is the Director of the Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy and Law at the University of Louisville. Professor Rothstein has previously served on the faculty at several other law schools and has worked as an attorney with the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. His specialty areas include the ethical, legal, and social implications of genetics; privacy; health policy; and employment law.
Professor Rothstein is also Chair of the Privacy and Confidentiality Subcommittee of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics and is a member of the National Board of Medical Examiners. In the past, he has served as an advisor to the NIH, CDC, DOE, U.S. Congress, Institute of Medicine, National Conference of State Legislatures, and numerous other public and professional entities. Furthermore, Professor Rothstein has authored or edited a number of books relating to his specialty areas. He earned his law degree from Georgetown University.