A Human Right to Health: Pathways and Responses

6.0 total CLE credits: .75 ethics; 3.5 other; 1.75 Law and Legal Activity #1137784

Critical issues in Health Care and how they manifest NOW. This CLE will address: new Washington State policy and the new steps in litigation aimed at containing the opiod crisis; the role hospitals play in curbing Human Trafficking and supporting survivors; standards and challenges for dealing with communicable disease outbreaks; the vital role schools play in health care and the risks and dangers for schools if they do not meet their "Duties to Care" and the lessons that have been learned over the last 10 years of litigation; and much much more.


• New policy in Washington State and the efforts to contain the opioid epidemic through litigation will be covered.
• Challenges different groups face in accessing health care.
• Concussion protocols; accommodations for allergies, seizures, diabetes-lessons learned in the major school related litigation of the last 10 years and both sides will be examined: enforcement and steps to protect from becoming involved in litigation.
• One research study found that 88 percent of human trafficking victims had contact with a health care provider during their trafficking situation. Hospitals play a key role in identifying victims and providing services.
• With communicable disease outbreaks regularly in the news our speakers will use case studies to describe current standards and challenges.


A Human Right to Health: Pathways and Responses


8:00 to 8:25 a.m.                        Registration and Coffee Service


8:25 to 8:30 a.m.          Welcome and Introduction to the day

                                     Anne Watanabe, Chair-Elect, World Peace Through Law Section, WSBA


8:30 to 9:30 a.m.          Session 1: Opioid Abuse and Litigation: Legal and Policy Responses

David Ko, Keller Rohrback LLP;

Jeb Shepard, Policy Director Washington State Medical Association

This session will go over new policy that Washington State is pursuing to contain the opioid epidemic; and will also look at other innovative litigation solutions that have been pursued.


9:30 to 10:45 a.m.        Session 2:  Access to Health Care Issues

Amie Bishop, MSW, MPH. Consultant, Global Health and Human Rights.

Challenges facing different groups in accessing health care will be addressed including LGBTQ populations.  An individual's right to access health with the lens of Federal versus civil rights. 


10:45 to 11:00 a.m.                               BREAK


11:00 to 12:00 p.m.      Session 3: Student Health and the Schools Duties to Care

Jinju Park , Education Lawyer, Countermark PLLC, and former AAG Arizona state.

Concussion protocols; accommodations for allergies, seizures, diabetes--this session will look at the major litigation of the last ten years and the lessons learned.


12:00 to 1:00 p.m.                                LUNCH (on your own)


1:00 to 1:45 p.m.            Session 4: Trafficking in Persons

                                           Shaquita Bell, MD, Clinical Associate Professor in Pediatrics, University of Washington and Medical Director for the Center for Diversity and Health Equity, Seattle Children's Hospital;

John Delfeld, Inpatient Social Worker Supervisor, Swedish Medical Center;

Staci Barsness, Senior Communications Specialist, Seattle Children's Hospital

One research study found that 88 percent of human trafficking victims had contact with a health care provider during their trafficking situation.  Hospitals play a key role in identifying victims and providing services.  Join us to learn about two hospital systems' efforts to develop human trafficking protocols and equip providers to identify victims.


1:45 to 2:45 p.m.          Session 5: International Ethics in Health Care

Professor Patricia Kuszler, University of Washington School of Law, Director for Law, Science and Global Health


2:45 to 3:00 p.m.                                  BREAK


3:00 to 4:00 p.m.          Session 6: Toxic Chemicals, Human Health, and Human Rights

Dr. Howard Hu; board-certified in Internal Medicine and Preventive (Occupational) Medicine, Affiliate Professor at the   University of Washington School of Public Health

Dr. Hu will discuss some of his work with Physicians for Human Rights over the last 30 years, including investigations of the use of chemical weapons against the Kurds, the impacts of mining waste on indigenous communities in Guatemal, and the use of tear gas in South Korea and, currently, in Hong Kong. 


4:00 to 4:45 p.m.          Session 7: Communicable Diseases -- Important Issues

Monique Cohen, King County Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and Counsel for Public Health, Seattle & King County, and King County Board of Health

Kathy Lofy, MD, State Health Officer/Chief Science Officer, Washington Department of Health  

With communicable disease outbreaks regularly in the news, join us to learn about Washington State's relevant laws and King County's processes involved in responding to communicable diseases through the use of actual case studies (e.g. Clark County's measles outbreak and King County tuberculosis cases).  The presentation will highlight current standards and challenges in responding to major outbreaks.


4:45 p.m.                                               Evaluations and Adjourn





Vanessa Hunsberger is the Administrator of the Washington Advisory Committee on Trafficking, a task force bringing together different actors addressing the issue of human trafficking in Western Washington.  She previously served as a Senior Program Officer at the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, where she designed and implemented justice sector reform projects in Asia, Africa, and Europe.  Vanessa also worked as the Program Coordinator for an HIV/AIDS prevention program in Population Services International's China office.  In these roles, she has worked in close partnership with domestic and foreign governments and civil society partners to develop evidence-based programs that bridge service gaps impacting vulnerable populations.  She obtained her JD from the University of Washington School of Law and speaks French and Mandarin.  Vanessa is also the Secretary/Treasurer for the World Peace Through Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association. 

Regina Paulose, ICL and IHRL AttorneyRegina Menachery Paulose is an international criminal law attorney based in the US. She was awarded her JD at Seattle University School of Law and her LLM in International Crime and Justice at University of Turin/UNICRI. She is co-founder of A Contrario ICL. She is the Chair of the World Peace through Law Section and Co-Chair of the ABA International Refugee Law Committee. She is the editor of the upcoming volume: People's Tribunals, Human Rights, and the Law (Routledge Publishing UK.


John Delfeld is a clinical social worker in Seattle, WA.  John holds a M.S.W degree with an emphasis on Mental Health from the University of Michigan School of Social Work.  John is also an Accredited Case Manager – Social Work, certified by the American Case Management Association. Specialties include: leadership, mental health, acute rehabilitation and medical/surgical.  He works as a Social Work Supervisor for the Case Management department at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, including onboarding, training and mentoring new MSWs. John has also worked with MSW interns through the University of Michigan, University of North Carolina and University of Washington schools of Social Work as well as students and residents from other disciplines. John is a member of NASW, American Case Management Association and Society for Social Work Leadership in Healthcare

Shaquita Bell, MD, FAAP completed medical school at the University of Minnesota in 2006.  Dr. Bell then went on to pediatric residency at the University of Washington, which she completed in 2009.  In 2010, she remained at Seattle Children’s completing a chief residency year becoming the first Native American Chief resident at Seattle Children’s.  Dr. Bell is currently a pediatrician at the community health center Odessa Brown.  She is the site coordinator for pediatrics residents.  Dr. Bell is a Clinical Associate Professor at Seattle Children’s and the University of Washington in the division of General Pediatrics.  In 2016, she was awarded the Stanley Stamm Award for excellence by the pediatric residents at Seattle Children’s.  Dr. Bell is the Medical Director of the Center for Diversity and Health Equity at Seattle Children’s Hospital.   She joined American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Native American Child Health in 2013 as the Association of American Indian Physicians liaison and stepped into the Chair position in 2016.  Dr. Bell helps to lead the Seattle Children’s Trafficking workgroup, which has designed healthcare specific trainings on trafficking awareness, identification, intervention, and prevention.


Monique Cohen, King County Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Counsel for Public Health – Seattle & King County and King County Board of Health 

Monique specializes in health law as counsel representing Public Health – Seattle King County and the King County Board of Health.  She works with various public health programs including communicable diseases, family health, tobacco and vapor prevention, environmental health and emergency preparedness regarding a range of legal issues. She is particularly interested in solutions that pair laws and policies to achieve health equity. 

Amie Bishop, MSW, MPH, Consultant, Global Health and Human Rights

Ms. Bishop is a human rights advocate and global health leader with professional experience in more than 20 countries. She currently works as an independent global health and human rights consultant, focusing her efforts on the intersection of health access and human rights for LGBTIQ people globally. She is the Consultant Research Advisor for OutRight Action International, a global LGBTIQ human rights organization, and recently completed a report on the nature and extent of so-called gay “conversion therapy” globally. From 2008 to 2017, she also served on the Board of Directors and was Board Co-Chair for OutRight Action International. From 1989 to 2014, she worked for PATH, a non-profit global health organization. Her work there spanned a variety of leadership and technical roles in the areas of TB, HIV, and women’s cancers. Ms. Bishop is an Adjunct Clinical Instructor at the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health and an invited member of the Civic Council for a program of the UW Jackson School of International Studies, representing perspectives on human rights for LGBTIQ people. She also serves on the Advisory Committee of Seattle’s Women in Global Health initiative and is on the board of a community empowerment organization in Fiji called Rise Beyond the Reef. She holds Master’s Degrees in Social Work and Public Health, both from Columbia University, and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco in the early 1980s.

Howard Hu, M.D., M.P.H., Sc.D.

Dr. Hu is a physician-epidemiologist-academic. He has been a tenured Professor, Director, Department Chair, and Dean in positions at Harvard, the University of Michigan, and the University of Toronto. In 2017, he came to the University of Washington as a Visiting Scholar while on sabbatical from the University of Toronto, and subsequently stayed as an Affiliate Professor in the UW School of Public Health. He also retains an Adjunct Professor appointment at the University of Michigan. Dr. Hu has led international teams investigating the environmental, nutritional, social, and epi/genetic determinants of chronic disease and impaired child development in population-based studies in the U.S., Mexico, India, China, and elsewhere around the world. His team's work has been continuously funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, generated over 400 publications and won many awards. In relation to human rights, Dr. Hu has served on the Board of Directors, as the principal epidemiologist on four fact-finding missions, and continues to serve as a senior Advisor for Physicians for Human Rights. He has also Chaired the Research Commission for the International Physician for the Prevention of Nuclear War; served on the Board of Population and Public Health Practice of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine, the Board of Environmental Studies and Toxicology of the U.S. National Research Council, the External Advisory Council of the U.S. National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, and Chaired the Ontario Taskforce on Environmental Health. In 2015, he was elected to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Kathy Lofy, MD

Kathy Lofy, MD has served as the State Health Officer and Chief Science Officer for the Washington State Department of Health since 2014 and has worked in the field of public health for almost 20 years. As the State Health Officer, her role includes providing medical and scientific guidance to the secretary of health and agency programs on a broad range of health issues including communicable disease control, chronic disease and injury prevention, emergency preparedness and environmental health threats.

Jeb Shepard

Director of Policy,Washington State Medical Association 

Jeb works with key stakeholders in Olympia and across Washington to create positive change for physicians and assist WSMA members in meeting the challenges posed by today’s rapidly evolving healthcare environment. He is currently lead staff for the WSMA’s work addressing the opioid epidemic, and the “Healthy Doctor, Healthier Patients” initiative to address burnout in the medical profession, with a focus on reducing administrative burden. Jeb started at the WSMA during the summer of 2015.   

Prior to joining the WSMA, Jeb worked as the Senior Government Affairs Representative at the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) in Washington, D.C., where he provided comments on the Medicare physician fee schedule on behalf of group practice, answered member questions about technical details of federal legislative and regulatory issues, coordinated grassroots efforts by MGMA members, and spoke before MGMA state and national meetings. 

Jeb serves as Special Faculty at Creighton University’s Heider College of Business where he teaches health policy and economics to MBA candidates.

David Ko
David Ko is a partner in Keller Rohrback's nationally recognized Complex Litigation Group, where he represents government entities, retirement plans, and institutional investors in federal and state courts across the country. He has helped his clients obtain several multimillion dollar recoveries against some of the largest companies in the country in a wide variety of cases involving corporate wrongdoing.

For the last two-plus years, David has been on the front lines of litigating the opioid crisis, as he has been appointed as a special deputy prosecuting attorney by more than 70 government entities in Washington, Idaho, Arizona, Colorado, and California as outside counsel in litigation against manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioids. He is one of the lead attorneys handling the firm's opioid cases in the national opioid litigation pending in the Northern District of Ohio, where over 2,600 cases have been consolidated.

Prior to joining KR, David clerked for the Hon. Ricardo S. Martinez, Chief U.S. District Judge in the Western District of Washington. David is also past President of the Korean American Bar Association of Washington.


General Registration:      $195

Seattle University School of Law Alumni or World Peace Through Law WSBA Section Member:    $165