Advancing the Vaccine Law Dialogue

Pre-conference: September 13 Washington, D.C.

Sam Halabi

Sam Halabi, JD. MPhil.  Senior Associate Vice-President for Health Policy and Ethics and Professor, Colorado School of Public Health Bio: Professor Sam F. Halabi serves as the Senior Associate Vice-President for Health Policy and Ethics at Colorado State University and a Professor at the Colorado School of Public Health and the Department of Political Science … Read more

Jessica Gunder

Jessica Gunder Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, University of Idaho Bio:She was previously an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Idaho, a Trial Attorney in the United States Department of Justice Consumer Protection Branch, and law clerk to Judge E. Richard Webber of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. Professor … Read more

Renée Gentry, JD

Renée Gentry, JD Director, The George Washington University Vaccine Injury Litigation Clinic Bio:  Ms. Gentry is a leading expert on vaccine injury litigation in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) with over 20 years of experience in all phases of cases from entitlement to damages and appeals. She chaired numerous conferences on Vaccine Injury … Read more

Mark Easterly

Mark Easterly Vice President, Legal Services, Houston Methodist Hospital  Read bio… Mark Easterly has served as Vice President for Legal Services at Houston Methodist Hospital since 2013. In this capacity, Mr. Easterly led the hospital’s legal efforts to develop the first employee COVID-19 vaccination mandate to be imposed in the United States, and participated in … Read more

Michael Diederich

Michael Diederich, Jr. Attorney and author, “The Ethics of Advocating Against COVID Vaccine Mandates,” NYSBA. Bio:Michael Diederich has been practicing law since 1981, with extensive experience in state and federal courts, at both the trial and appellate level. He has won jury verdicts in employment law and civil rights law cases, and won significant appellate cases. … Read more

Susan G. Braden

Susan G. Braden Chief Judge, United States Court of Federal Claims (Ret.); Jurist-In-Residence, Center For Intellectual Property and Policy, Antonin Scalia School of Law, George Mason University Bio:Judge Susan G. Braden was appointed in 2003, by President George W. Bush, to the United States Court of Federal Claims which has exclusive jurisdiction over cases against the … Read more

James M. Beck

James M. Beck Senior Life Sciences Policy Analyst, Reed Smith LLP Bio:Mr. Beck joined Reed Smith’s Life Sciences Health Industry, Product Liability, and Appellate Groups in the spring of 2012. Mr. Beck handles complex personal injury and product liability litigation. He has overseen the development of legal defenses, master briefs, and dispositive motions in numerous … Read more

Todd J. Zywicki

Todd J. Zywicki  Professor of Law, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School Bio:Professor Zywicki is George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law at George Mason University Antonin Scalia School of Law, Senior Fellow of the Cato Institute, and former Executive Director of the GMU Law and Economics Center. In 2020-21 he served as the … Read more

Brian Dean Abramson

Brian Dean Abramson Conference chair – email:  Author, Vaccine, Vaccination, & Immunization Law, and Adjunct Professor of Vaccine Law at the Florida International University College of Law. Bio:Brian Dean Abramson is the primary author of the legal treatise, Vaccine, Vaccination, and Immunization Law, the most comprehensive treatise written with respect to this field of law, published … Read more