Each episode will be a 15-20 minute dive into a diverse mix of legal topics, explored by members of the Saint Louis University School of Law faculty.
Navigating Vaccine Requirements in the Workplace - Professor Elizabeth Pendo
With President Biden's announcement of his updated recovery plan, private and public companies in the United States have found themselves in the center of the nation's renewed effort to control the COVID-19 pandemic. Even prior to that, company leaders were grappling with how to safely return to work and what kind of requirements could be placed on their workforce. In this episode we are joined by Elizabeth Pendo, the Joseph J. Simeone Professor of Law. As a member of both the Center for Health Law Studies and the William C. Wefel Center for Employment Law, Elizabeth is uniquely positioned to break this down for us.
Mask Mandates and Public Health Law - Professor Rob Gatter
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in parts of our country, students are heading back to the classroom and much of the workforce are heading back to the workplace. Meanwhile the politicians and the public health officials are embattled over guidelines for doing so safely. In this special live recording for our Health Law Live series, we are joined by Professor Rob Gatter. Rob is a member of our Center for Health Law Studies and a public health law expert. Early in the pandemic he was called upon for his expertise by St. Louis County.
Opioid Settlements & the Future of Addiction Treatment - Dr. Fred Rottnek
In 2020, almost 70,000 Americans died of an opioid related overdose. It is a public health crisis that knows no boundaries, including race, wealth or even the pandemic. In the past year, the court system has seen some massive settlements against drug makers for their roles in this crisis. But what does this mean for families suffering from addiction now, and what does the future hold? In this episode we are joined by Dr. Fred Rottnek. Board-certified in Family Medicine and in Addiction Medicine, Dr. Rottnek is the Director of Community Medicine and the Program Director of the Addiction Medicine Fellowship at Saint Louis University. He is also one of the Center for Health Law Studies affiliated faculty members and has recently taught a course with law Professor Chad Flanders on Opioids and the Law.
Student Speech and the Supreme Court - Professor Chad Flanders
The United States Supreme Court recently handed down a victory for student speech with the 8-1 decisions in the Mahanoy Area School District v B.L. case. As the world communicates more and more through social media, this case sets some precedent in what can be considered protected under the First Amendment. To dig into the decision and the implications, we are joined in this episode by Professor Chad Flanders. Chad is a constitutional law professor and scholar of religion and the First Amendment.
Know Before You File: Tax Law in a Pandemic World - Professor Ordower
The past year has brought many changes in the way we live, work, and manage our finances. As we approach the April tax deadline, there are a lot of variables that could change how and what we file. In this episode, we take a look at the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our tax law and the way we will file this year. We are joined by Professor Henry Ordower. Professor Ordower is a long time SLU LAW professor and an expert in tax law, both federal and international.
Work and the Pandemic - Professor Matt Bodie
The coronavirus pandemic has arguably been the most altering event for the workplace in decades. While much of the workforce remains remote, many others, either by choice or necessity, work in person. The pandemic has also put a spotlight on the unsafe workplaces that thousands of Americans work in on a daily basis. As the vaccine shows us a light at the end of the tunnel, what can we expect when we return to work? In this episode we are joined by Professor Matt Bodie, co-director of the William C. Wefel Center for Employment Law. Professor Bodie is an expert in employment and labor law.