NYSBA Presidential Summit To Examine Legal, Constitutional, and Public Health Issues Surrounding COVID-19 Pandemic

By Christian Nolan

January 25, 2021

NYSBA Presidential Summit To Examine Legal, Constitutional, and Public Health Issues Surrounding COVID-19 Pandemic


By Christian Nolan

The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) will examine the legal, constitutional and public health issues surrounding the coronavirus pandemic during the Presidential Summit from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27.

The esteemed panel for the event will showcase one of the nation’s top constitutional law scholars, Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of Berkeley Law, and Irwin Redlener, a pediatrician, public health activist, author, academic and advisor. Liz Benjamin, managing director of Marathon Strategies in Albany, will moderate the discussion.

The Presidential Summit is the featured event of NYSBA’s two-week long virtual Annual Meeting – the 144th in the association’s distinguished history. The Annual Meeting began on Jan. 19 and concludes Jan. 29.

“The COVID-19 public health crisis has affected all aspects of American life, altering travel, work, education – even everyday activities like buying groceries,” said NYSBA President Scott M. Karson. “Lawmakers and public health officials have implemented emergency orders to stabilize the spread of the disease and balance the precautions that public health and safety demand with recognition of constitutional, economic, and liberty interests.

“Now, after months of living with COVID-19, the efficacy and utility of these policies, and their corollary legal, constitutional, and public health impacts can be deliberately examined,” Karson continued. “On behalf of the State Bar Association, I am honored to present such a critically important panel discussion and am thankful to Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and Dr. Irwin Redlener for their invaluable insight and contributions.”

The webinar is open to the media, but pre-registration is required. Please notify Susan DeSantis at [email protected] or 201-575-5756.

About the New York State Bar Association

The New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. Since 1876, NYSBA has helped shape the development of law, educated and informed the legal profession and the public, and championed the rights of New Yorkers through advocacy and guidance in our communities.


Contact: Susan DeSantis
[email protected]

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