HPL Events & Webinars

HPL & Consortium EVENTS:

We welcome you to learn more about the UC Law SF & UCSF Master of Science in Health Policy and Law! Please continue to check back for the most up-to-date event information and registration details. Contact hpladmissions@uchastings.edu with any questions or schedule a virtual advising appointment.

Event NameDateTimeRegistration
Dorothy Roberts TalkMarch 2312:30-1:30 PMRegister Here
The Vaccine Injury Compensation ProgramMarch 294-6 PMRegister Here
Law & Medicine DayApril 69 AM-12 PMRegister Here
HPL Prospective Student Zoom MeetingApril 1312-12:30 PM Register Here


Past Events

Dorothy Roberts

Join us for a lecture from Dorothy Roberts, George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology and the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights at the University of Pennsylvania. Her pathbreaking work in law and public policy focuses on urgent social justice issues in policing, family regulation, and bioethics. Her lecture will draw from her latest book, Torn Apart: How the Child Welfare System Destroys Black Families—And How Abolition Can Build A Safer World (Basic Books, 2022).

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Health, Housing, and Environmental Threats

This event features experts on different aspects of environmental justice. They cover several topics in environmental health equity, including how we can use law and policy to mitigate indoor air pollution that disparately impacts the health of socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, the Clean Air Act, and more.

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HPL Prospective Student Webinar

Hear more information about our M.S. in Health Policy & Law!  Featuring our Co-Directors, Associate Director, and a current HPL student.

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Disability Health Justice Event

Learn more about various topics in disability justice and health equity! The speakers for this event include Andres Gallegos, Chairman of the National Council on Disability, Sylvia Yee, Senior Staff Attorney at Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, and Elizabeth Pendo, Visiting Professor of Law and Consortium Senior Scholar and Joseph J. Simeone Professor of Law, SLU. Topics include the NCD’s health equity framework, demographic disability data collection, and more.

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The Supreme Court and the Future of Reproductive Justice

This event features Professors Radhika Rao, Jennifer Oliva, and Beth Ribet discussing the leaked draft opinion and its significance for reproductive health access and health care.

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Abortion and the Supreme Court: the Threat to Access

Beth Parker, General Counsel for Planned Parenthood, California Central Coast leads our Health Law and Policy students in a lecture and discussion on abortion access.

Learn about the history of abortion and contraception access as well as the current threats facing abortion access and hear answers to common questions on the subject.

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Racism & Predatory "Care": Courts, Disability Law, & Conservatorship Abuse

Sponsored by Repair, and co-sponsored by the Center for Racial & Economic Justice at UC-Hastings School of Law, the Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy at UC-San Francisco & UC-Hastings, and the Critical Race Studies Program at UCLA School of Law, this 80-minute panel delineates the potential for conservatorships and guardianships to function as a way to exert control, perpetrate abuse, and drain the finances of vulnerable elders and persons with disabilities.

Featuring testimony from Venus Gist and Kennett Taylor, both loved ones of victims of conservatorship abuse, as well as commentary from journalist Tanya Dennis and policy advocate Rick Black.

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Lunch with the Expert: The Fight for Health Equity – Protecting the Rights of Seniors and People with Disabilities

UC Law SF presents another installment of their Lunch with the Expert Series featuring Professor Sarah Hooper. Professor Hooper presents her current work, recent research, and what inequity in health costs us. Q+A at the end.

Sarah Hooper serves as the Executive Director of the UCSF/UC Law SF Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy and Lecturer in Law at UC Law SF College of the Law.

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Racial Injustice in COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

Presented by the UCSF/UC Law SF Consortium and the Center for Racial and Economic Justice 

Communities of color in the United States have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, yet they are being severely under-allocated life-saving vaccines. Join us for this 60-minute panel discussion on the role that racism has played in vaccine distribution in the U.S.

Featuring panelists Ayanna Bennett, MD, Director, SFDPH Office of Health Equity, Govind Persad, JD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Sturm College of Law, and Ebony Jade Hilton, MD, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, University of Virginia. Moderated by Dorit Reiss, Phd, Professor of Law, UC Law SF. 

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California Correctional Crisis: Mass Incarceration, Healthcare, and the COVID-19 Outbreak

The Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal, Hastings Women’s Law Journal, and the Hastings Journal of Crime and Punishment with the support of the Institute for Criminal Justice at UC Law SF hosted this important 3-day symposium on incarceration and healthcare, focusing on the COVID-19 crisis.

Consortium Executive Director Sarah Hooper and Consortium Health Law Faculty Dorit Reiss joined on day three to lend their expertise to Vaccination and Incarcerated Populations: Panel Discussion.

More event information available on the Symposium’s website.

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The Impact of COVID on Native and Indigenous Communities

UC Law SF Indigenous Law Center (UCH-ILC) hosts its inaugural panel event, co-sponsored by the UCSF-UC Law SF Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy and moderated by UCH-ILC Faculty Director Jo Carrillo.

Learn how COVID-19 has impacted Native and Indigenous communities from the following panelists: Agnes Attakai, Center for Rural Health, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona, Notah Begay III, Navajo/San Felipe/Isleta, Founder NB3 Foundation, 4-time PGA tour winner, Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame, Analyst NBC Sports/Golf Channel, Matthew Fletcher, Foundation Professor of Law and Director of the Indigenous Law and Policy Center at Michigan State University College of Law, Jonathan Nez, President of the Navajo Nation, and Sriram ShamasunderAssociate Professor of Medicine at UCSF and co-founder and faculty director of the HEAL Initiative. 

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Food Be Thy Medicine: Examining Nutrition and Food Choice Through a Health Equity Framework 

Proper nutrition is a building block of good health and a cornerstone of preventative medicine. We know that a balanced diet can reduce the risk for a myriad of diseases from diabetes to hypertension to cancer. However, conversations about diet and nutrition too often focus on individual choice, ignoring the structural and community factors shaping, and ultimately limiting, food choice. Food justice asks us to identify and oppose the systemic barriers to healthy food and the ways in which large corporate interests and government actions shape policy and endanger the health of the public, particularly marginalized communities. Join us for a panel discussion interrogating how food law and policy impact our food choices and contribute to disparate health outcomes.

Featuring panelists Michael Jacobson, Co-founder and former Executive Director, Center for Science in the Public Interest, Author of Salt Wars: The Battle Over the Biggest Killer in the American Diet, Hilary Seligman, Professor of Medicine, UCSF and Director of the National Clinician Scholars Program at UCSF, Andrea Freeman, Professor of Law, University of Hawaii, Author of Skimmed: Breastfeeding, Race, and Injustice, and moderated by Naomi Roht-Arriaza, Professor of Law, UC Law SF. 

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Racial Health Disparities Webinar II

Presented by the UCSF/UC Law SF Consortium and the Center for Racial and Economic Justice

Police killings of unarmed Black people as they go about their daily lives was once again on display in 2020 with the killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Rayshard Brooks among others. The ensuing racial justice uprisings, amid the COVID pandemic, have highlighted longstanding social and health inequities in the United States. Police violence is a significant contributor to racial health disparities and a threat to public health. Not only do unjust murders and acts of violence cause immediate physical harm to individual victims, but the sustained threat of death and violence on Black people over their lifetime exacts an emotional and physiological toll, which also adversely affects health outcomes. This panel explores the intersection between police violence and racial health disparities and the steps that could be taken to address the structural factors contributing to this public health problem.

Featuring panelists Osagie Obasogie, Haas Distinguished Chair and Professor of Bioethics, UC Berkeley School of Public Health, Priscilla Ocen, Professor of Law, Loyola Law School, Rhea Boyd, Director of Strategy and Equity, California Children’s Trust, Brandon Greene, Racial and Economic Justice Director, ACLU Northern California, and Pam Ward, Member of the Speaker Bureau, San Mateo County Health. Moderated by Anansi Wilson, Adjunct Faculty and Affiliated Scholar, UC Law SF. 

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Racial Health Disparities Webinar I

Presented by the UCSF/UC Law SF Consortium and the Center for Racial and Economic Justice

COVID-19 has deeply affected communities of color, who are disproportionately essential workers and whose labor conditions and economic status constrain their ability to protect themselves and their families during the pandemic. Compounding these acute challenges are disproportionate rates of underlying health conditions which are connected to unequal social conditions over the lifespan, including poverty and racism. Panelists in this program describe the evidence base linking economic and racial inequality to health inequity, the ways in which COVID compounds those longstanding inequities, and the role of law as both a positive and negative force in addressing them.

Featuring panelists Courtney Anderson, Assocaite Professor of Law, Georgia State University, Evelyn Rangel, Visiting Assistant Professor, UC Law SF, Micah Lunderman, Advocate for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and Chairwoman of Rosebud Community, and Toyese Oyeyemi, Director of the Beyond Flexnor Alliance and Senior Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity. Moderated by Dorit Reiss, Professor of Law, UC Law SF. 

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Annual Law and Medicine Day

Our annual Law and Medicine day, co-hosted with UCSF and the Stanford School of Medicine, where medical students from UCSF and law students from Hastings discuss medical, legal and ethical issues. This year’s focus was race, social justice, and health.

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