April Moreno
Program Director
University of Houston Law Center
Health Law & Policy Institute
100 Law Center
Houston, Texas 77204-6060
(713) 743-2101
E-mail: healthlaw@uh.edu

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Ebola Workshop - Preparing for Public Health Emergencies

Dr. David Persse, Congressman Gene Green, Prof. Seth Chandler, Prof. Allison Winnike, and Dean Len Baynes

The Health Law & Policy Institute held an Ebola Workshop on Nov. 7, 2014 which examined legal issues surrounding Ebola.

A Workshop for Local Law Enforcement, Emergency Management, Public Health Authorities and Government Officials

Nov. 7, 2014
9-11:30 a.m.

Room 240 BLB

Click on the name of the speaker to see the slide show for that individual.

Adrian Garcia,
Harris County Sheriff
Allison Winnike, J.D.,
Research Professor,
University of Houston Law Center
David Persse, M.D., 
City of Houston Public Health Authority &
EMS Physician Director
A. Kevin Troutman, J.D.
Partner, Fisher & Phillips LLP

Control Measures and Public Health Emergencies:  A Texas Bench Book

A texas Bench BookEver wonder how federal and Texas law would operate if a serious communicable disease broke out such as Ebola, SARS, or swine flu?  What rights would the government have to, for example isolate and quarantine people and property?  How would power be allocated amongst the federal government, the Texas governor, the counties, various health authorities and the courts?  What rights would someone have who believed that “control measures” had been wrongfully applied to them?  How would courts meet if the situation got serious?  These are among the issues the Health Law & Policy Institute has examined over the past five years.  The “Texas Bench Book” available here is a result of that research.  This recently revised version contains an analysis of federal and Texas law on these subjects as well as forms that can be used in case of a serious emergency to implement features of Texas law.  Citations are provided to relevant laws to facilitate further research. The book has been updated for 2014 and is available now. Click here for the online book.