COVID-19 and the Law: “The Disparate Burdens of COVID-19”

image of people wearing masks and text: Yale Law School, The Solomon Center; Harvard Law School, The Petrie-Flom Center
Event time: 
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 12:00pm
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Event description: 

Join members of the Yale and Harvard Law Schools on March 3 for the fourth installment of the COVID-19 and the Law: Disruption, Impact, and Legacy Seminar Series. Registration is required.


This seminar series will consider the ethical, legal, regulatory, and broader social and institutional impacts that COVID-19 has had, as well as the longer-lasting effects it may have on our society. This fourth seminar in the series will focus on role that social disparities and structural forces have played in the pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected almost all aspects of life in the United States and around the world, disrupting the global economy as well as countless institutions. The issues raised by the COVID-19 pandemic present a critical juncture for the U.S. and other countries around the world. Our actions now have the potential to shape responses to future pandemics, and to ensure institutions serve all of our populations.

How have our institutions, including the structure of our health care system and its attendant regulations, affected the evolution of the pandemic? What lasting changes have legal responses to COVID-19 introduced? Which institutions and intersectional issues have worsened or complicated the impact of and response to the pandemic? Join us for a critical reflection on changes the pandemic has introduced and their anticipated legacy.


  • Introduction and Moderator: Ryan Knox, Senior Research Fellow, Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy, Yale Law School
  • Daniel Farber, Sho Sato Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment, Berkeley Law
  • Joelle Grogan, Senior Lecturer in Law, Middlesex University London
  • Aletha Maybank, Chief Health Equity Officer and Group Vice President, American Medical Association (AMA)
  • Judith Resnik, Arthur Liman Professor of Law, Yale Law School
  • Erik J. Rodriquez, PhD, MPH, Biobehavioral epidemiologist and Staff Scientist, Division of Intramural Research, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
  • Tess E. Wise, Karl Loewenstein Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science, Amherst College

Cosponsored by the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy at Yale Law School, and the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School.