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Perspectives on the Pandemic

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the faculty of the Center for Health Law Studies has been lending their expertise through national media, local government and scholarly contributions.

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Professors Rob Gatter and Ana Santos Rutschman present Covid-19: Public Health Law & Policy Overview

Professors Elizabeth Pendo and Harold Braswell (Health Care Ethics) present Allocation of Scarce Healthcare Resources in the Time of COVID 19: Perspectives from Disability Law and Ethics.

Professor Perspectives

Rob Gatter

Expert in public health and quarantine procedure

In mid-March, Professor Gatter was appointed to a task force in St. Louis County to assist with the development of quarantine policies. Read more

Professor Gatter and Professor Ana Santos Rutschman wrote an opinion piece for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on quarantine policies.

Professor Gatter presented "Are Coronavirus Restrictions Constitutional?" at the Isolated by Law Symposium held by Wake Forest Law.

Professor Gatter was quoted in the following articles:

Why aren’t southwestern Illinois officials releasing more about coronavirus patients?, Belleville News Democrat.

'We Want To Have People On The Record': SLU Pandemic Researcher On Quarantine Procedure, St. Louis Public Radio.

African Americans More Likely To Contract Coronavirus In St. Louis County, St. Louis Public Radio.

COVID-19 and the Conundrum of Mask Requirements, Washington and Lee Law Review Online, Forthcoming, May 2020.

Newest Twist in Racial Profiling: ‘Wearing a Mask While Black’, The Crime Report

COVID-19, Mask Requirements, and Racial Discrimination, The Harvard Law Blog

For a full listing of Professor Gatter's contributions to the COVID-19 conversation

Ana Santos Rutschman

Assistant Professor
Expert in food and drug law, emerging health care innovations and patent law

In February 2020, Professor Rutschman and Tim Wiemken, Ph.D., associate professor from SLUCOR, began the “Immunization Science and Policy Partnership at Saint Louis University.” Funded through a Spark Microgrant from the SLU Research Institute, the partnership aims to bring together experts working on topics at the intersection of vaccine science and policy.

Rutschman and Wiemken joined Enbal Shacham, Ph.D., professor of public health, to study the effects of social distancing on the spread of COVID-19. Rutschman was interviewed by KMOV and KSDK to discuss their findings.

Professors Rutchman and Gatter wrote a piece for Protego Press offering initial analysis of the coronavirus lawsuits in the United States against China and the World Health Organization.

Other articles with Professor Rutschman:

Mapping Misinformation in the Coronavirus Outbreak,, written by Professor Rutschman

In one week, Missouri saw a 600% jump in coronavirus cases — the largest increase in the country, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Missouri attorney general sues China over coronavirus pandemic, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The life or death question: who gets the Covid-19 vaccine?, South China Morning Press

How 'vaccine nationalism' could block vulnerable populations' access to COVID-19 vaccines, The Conversation

Johnson & Johnson says it has 'promising' vaccine candidate for coronavirus, The Washington Times

Anti-vaxxers reap rewards for spreading utter crap — and there’s no stopping them, Crikey

Elizabeth Pendo

Expert in disability law and health care ethics

The Americans with disabilities act and healthcare employer-mandated vaccinations, Vaccine

Get Your Advance Directives in Place Now, Inside Indiana Business

Elizabeth Pendo and Stacey Tovino, COVID-19 and Workplace and Medical Privacy, Isolated by the Law series, Workplace and Wake Forest University School of Law, May 8, 2020

Elizabeth Pendo and Harold Braswell, Allocation of Scarce Healthcare Resources in the Time of COVID 19: Perspectives from Disability Law and Ethics, SLULAW Center for Health Law Studies COVID-19 Series, April 8, 2020

Elizabeth Pendo and Harold Braswell, Allocation of Scarce Healthcare Resources in the Time of COVID 19: Perspectives from Disability Law and Ethics, Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics, April 16, 2020


Elizabeth Pendo, COVID 19 and Disability-Based Discrimination in Health Care, ABA Commission on Disability Rights, COVID-19 Resources (forthcoming)

Elizabeth Pendo, The Americans with Disabilities Act in the COVID-19 Workplace, in Work Law Under COVID-19 (Jeffrey M. Hirsch and Sachin S. Pandya, eds.) (Oct. 4, 2020),

Ruqaiijah Yearby

Professor and Executive Director of the Institute for Healing Justice and Equity
Expert in health care regulation, race, justice and health

Beyond COVID-19 Data: What Can St. Louis Do To Bring About Health Care Equity?, St. Louis Public Radio

Sidney Watson

Jane and Bruce Robert Professor of Law
Expert in health law and access to health care

COVID Law Briefing, Medicaid and the ACA, This Week in Health Law podcast