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Webinar Series: Genetics' Growing Interaction with the Law

A webinar series that explores how genetics is shaping and shifting the legal landscape.

Beginning in May 2021, Johnson & Bell will explore how genetics is shaping and shifting the legal landscape. Across practice areas, the attorneys on our planning committee have researched and explored how genetics is changing medicine and law. Some of this work is memorialized in articles and preliminary seminars on the issue.  As the expense of genetic testing continues to drop, plaintiffs and defendants are more likely to explore genetic testing to argue or support their respective legal claims.  Standard of care is changing as more genetic mutations are identified and utilized in diagnosis and treatment. As to causation and life expectancy, genetic data has opened the door to novel theories and defenses that greatly benefit the defense. It is critical to understand the nuances of the medicine and law in order to persuade judges and juries using this evidence.

We have assembled a series of webinars on genetics to help investigate, explain and predict how and when developments in this field will impact the law.  Our sessions cover several different areas and feature presenters at the leading edge of their respective areas of expertise. Johnson & Bell attorneys will moderate each presentation to help all of us explore the intersection of genetics and the law.

Information about the genetics webinar series follows.  All sessions begin at 12 pm and conclude at 1 pm (CDT). There is one link for all sessions, but please register for any or all sessions that interest you.  Continuing Legal Education (CLE) for Illinois credit is pending, including one hour of ethics credit.  There is no cost to participate in these presentations. 

If you have questions about the webinars or have any difficulty registering, please contact Matt Sherman at shermanm@jbltd.com or 312-984-0273.

Date Speaker Topic Moderator
5/5/21 Michael Caffrey, Ph.D., UIC Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics Genetics 101: What lawyers and clients need to know about gene cloning, sequencing, and editing Caroline K. Vickrey
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5/12/21 Amy Campbell, Associate Dean of Law & Health Sciences and Professor of Law at UIC Johns Marshall Law School
Philip F. Giampietro, MD, PhD Professor of Pediatrics, University of Illinois at Chicago,
Alice Zalan, MS, LCCG, Department of Pediatric Genetics, University of Illinois at Chicago
The Medical Ethics of Genetics
Issues and Impacts
Sammi L. Renken
Johnson & Bell
5/19/21 Panel Discussion featuring: Sarah Bazzetta, MMS PA-C, University of Chicago, Center for Cancer Genetics, and
Christine Drogan, MS, CGC, Certified Genetic Counselor, University of Chicago Medical Center
Hereditary Cancers:
Current state of medicine, Evolving standard of care, and Impact on medical malpractice litigation
Sammi L. Renken
Johnson & Bell
5/26/21 Sarah Slocum, M.D., Medical College of Wisconsin and
Alex Slocum,
Ph.D., M.D, Medical College of Wisconsin
Genetic Testing Related to Psychiatric Illnesses: Its impact on treatment options and the related bioethics; and
Medical Technology in the Age of Genetic Testing: Regulatory aspects and informed consent
Stephen P. Ellenbecker
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6/2/21 Scott MacGregor, D.O., M.F.M. and Genetic Counselor at NorthShore University Health System Perinatal Genetic Medicine:Legal and practice considerations for the obstetrician-gynecologist Stacey A. Cischke
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6/9/21 Wendy Chung, M.D., Ph.D, Columbia University and featured geneticist in the Ken Burns’ PBS Documentary, “The Gene.” Genomic Medicine in Pediatrics: Its impact on the pediatrician as a primary provider and the role of genomics in examining the causes of chronic conditions in children Stacey A. Cischke
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6/16/21 Mary Scollay, DVM, Director of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) and former Equine Medical Director for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Significance of a Horse’s Genome to its Health and Performance as a Racehorse Pat Gloor
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6/23/21 Carlos Neto, Ph.D., University of Nebraska and
Stephen P. Ellenbecker, Johnson & Bell
What Population Genomics Teaches Us about Foodborne Pathogen Epidemiology; and Tracing Food Contamination and the Role of Whole Genome Sequencing in Litigation Stephen P. Ellenbecker
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6/30/21 Joseph B Carini, III and Genevieve M. LeFevour
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Scanning the Legal Landscape – the Discoverability and Admissibility of Genetic Evidence in Civil Litigation Joseph B Carini, III and Genevieve M. LeFevour
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7/14/21 (Tentative) Dennis Paustenbach, Board-Certified Toxicologist and Industrial Hygienist, Paustenbach and Associates Toxic Tort and Genetics H. Patrick Morris
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