Public Health and Legal Policy

The Initiative on Public Health and Legal Policy provides a forum for collaborative engagement on matters of local, state, national, and global public health. The Initiative works to build synergies and amplify the importance of public health in law. It supports the work of scholars and graduate students to engage in policy-related programming and scholarship.

Town Hall on Inclusive Healthcare in UC System

Responding to Covid-19 and Pandemics

The CBGHP has been at the forefront of academic discourse and engagement on COVID-19 through symposia, colloquia, public commentary, and collaboration. This work has garnered national and international attention, during the pandemic.  Here is a brief overview.

Women on the Frontlines: COVID and Beyond

The CBGHP collaborated with the Cornell Law Review to host, Women on the Frontlines: COVID and Beyond, an online symposium that examined the political, economic, social, and legal status of women. The symposium made interventions along the lines of sex, race, and class to understand the persistence of women’s inequality and invisibility at a critical juncture in American history marked by both the 150th and 100th year anniversaries of the 15th and 19th Amendments, respectively, as well as troubling contemporary times demarcated by the COVID-19 pandemic, political turmoil, and racial unrest. As the authors revealed, the pandemic exacerbates underlying systemic patterns of discrimination against women.

The symposium was co-sponsored by the Harvard Medical School, Center for Bioethics; Harvard Law School's Petrie Flom Center; the American Society of Law, Medicine, & Ethics; The Hastings Center; and Ms. Magazine.


CBGHP Activities

Tune in for On The Issues with Michele Goodwina Podcast hosted by Professor Goodwin!

April 26, 2021: Town Hall on Inclusive Healthcare in UC System

REWATCH: Advancing Women's Equality: What's Next?


March 10, 2021: Advancing Women's Equality: Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice

March 1, 2021: Ongoing Challenges of Disability Discrimination in Law, Politics & Society

February 19, 2021: Reckoning and Reconciliation: Art, Architecture, and Culture in Contested Sites

February 8, 2021: Advancing Women's Equality: Race, Sex, and Policing in America

January 13, 2021: Advancing Women's Equality: Women, Mass Incarceration, and Criminal Justice

October 30, 2020:  Women on the Frontlines: COVID & Beyond

October 7, 2020: The Appeal & Now This: Ending Legalized Slavery In U.S. Prisons

June 4, 2020:  A Conversation on Protecting Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in Times of Political Crisis 

June 30, 2020: After June Medical Services: The Past, Present, and Future of Regulating Reproduction

June 30, 2020: Elevating and Engaging with Black Lives on Law School Campuses

May 14, 2020: UCI Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center Panel on COVID-19

May 13, 2020: Michele Goodwin on Quarantine and the Limits of Government Action - COVID-19 & The Law Series

May 12, 2020: Panel Discussion: Reproductive Health & Rights in a Time of Coronavirus

May 4, 2020: Disparate Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color hosted by American Constituion Society 


Michele Goodwin
(949) 824-3897

Nassim Alisobhani
(949) 824-5601 

Merima Tricic
Senior Fellow