Ebola: Legal Practices, Issues and Questions

2.0 Law and Legal CLE Credits | WSBA Activity #392634

The Ebola crisis crosses so many jurisdictions and involves so many important issues at the National, Statewide and Local levels. This program will address: what have we learned and legally established from past health issues (tuberculosis, SARS, etc.) and how Ebola is both similar and different from earlier issues; and what is needed in moving forward.


Recorded:  01/23/2015
Credits:  2.0 Law and Legal CLE | WSBA Activity #392634
Length: 2 hours

Featured Speakers:
Taya Briley, Amy Eiden, Joyce Roper

The Ebola crisis is far from over. Most experts believe this issue and future such issues will continue to occur. What have we learned and are still learning in how to respond to the emergence of a matter that clearly crosses all legal (and physical) boundaries. More specifically for Washington what are the hospitals, the State and County governments doing in approaching the complex and critical legal, civil rights and protection of the public issues in regard to Ebola? What are the top priorities and approaches being undertaken to successfully address one of the most important events happening now and for the future?


11:00-11:30 a.m.
Foundation: relevant legal authorities for emergency preparedness (i.e. preparedness 101).

Speaker: Joyce Roper

11:30 a.m.-12 noon
Roles and legal framework for addressing Communicable diseases (Ebola, STDs, TB, SARS, etc)-State and Local level roles and responsibilities.

Speaker: Amy Eiden

12 noon-12:30 p.m.
Roles of Hospitals and intervention strategies (how it is meant to go and when mistakes have been made).

Speaker: Taya Briley

12:30-1:00 p.m.
Group discussion and Q & A


Taya Briley, Washington State Hospital Association

Taya Briley is General Counsel at the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA). WSHA represents all the hospitals in Washington State, and works to improve the delivery, quality, accessibility, and affordability of health care. In addition to representing WSHA, Taya's practice focuses on legislative and regulatory issues related to hospital operations, legal issues affecting nonprofit organizations, and a wide variety of health law and policy issues. Before working for WSHA, Taya served as counsel to the Association of Washington Public Hospital Districts and worked as a nurse at Swedish Medical Center and Space Labs Medical, Inc. Taya is a Seattle native. She earned her nursing and law degrees from the University of Washington.

Amy Eiden, King County Prosecutor's Office

Amy Eiden is a Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in the Civil Division of the King County Prosecutor's Office. She provides legal support to the Seattle-King County Department of Public Health on numerous issues, including communicable disease control programs.

Joyce Roper, Washington State Attorney General's Office

Joyce Roper has practiced as an assistant attorney general for over 30 years, primarily focusing her practice in health law. She joined the Office of the Attorney General after one year of private practice. She graduated from Seattle University School of Law, after obtaining her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington. She attended high school in Tacoma (Lakes '73). Joyce represents the Department of Health, working with the Office of the Secretary and the Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Program, and the Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission. Previously, she represented the Medicaid Program in the Department of Social and Health Services, the Department of Employment Security, the Department of Licensing, and multiple health profession boards and commissions, including the Nursing Commission when it was two Boards (Nursing and Practical Nursing). She served on the Group Health Cooperative Board of Trustees from 1998 to 2001. She lives in Olympia with her husband, 15 year old daughter, three dogs and two cats.


General Registration - $60.00

Seattle University School of Law Alumni - $50.00

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