For The Record

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This year’s Richmond Law Review Symposium focused on public health law — and, in particular, how it has adapted in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Held virtually in late March, the all-day symposium included scholars from Georgetown University, the University of Denver, Emory University, the University of Houston, and other institutions.

One session explored why digital contact tracing — the use of Bluetooth and geolocation data to track the spread of COVID-19 — didn’t take hold in the U.S.; another examined the effect of the pandemic in diverting attention and funds from another key public health issue: tuberculosis control. (TB is one of the world’s top infectious-disease killers and is becoming increasingly drug-resistant.) Other topics included Medicare and Medicaid reform, the role of law in advancing health equity, and wastewater surveillance as a form of public health monitoring. Participants in the symposium were eligible for CLE credits.

A number of the presentations are available in article format here.