Professor Lindsay Wiley Recognized for Dedication and Leadership by American Public Health Association

Oct. 30, 2020

Lindsay Wiley
Professor Lindsay Wiley

Professor Lindsay F. Wiley, director of American University Washington College of Law’s Health Law and Policy Program, was selected by the American Public Health Association as this year's recipient of the Jennifer Robbins Award for the Practice of Public Health Law for her outstanding dedication, leadership, and contributions in the field.

The award is named in honor of Jennifer Robbins, a public health lawyer who practiced in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare and subsequently served as an Assistant Attorney General in Maryland and principal counsel for the state’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Awardees are recognized for major contributions with the potential for significant and long-term impact on the field.

Wiley, board member and past president of the American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics, previously served on the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s National Conference of Lawyers and Scientists. She teaches Torts, Health Law, Public Health Law, and Health Law: Legislative and Regulatory Practice at AUWCL, and her research focuses on access to health care and healthy living conditions in the U.S. and globally. Wiley has conducted a number of consultations with government leaders and media interviews since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, providing expert insight on the legal powers available to officials and constitutional and statutory constraints on their use. Her recent publications on the pandemic include Health Justice Strategies to Combat COVID-19: Protecting Vulnerable Communities during a Pandemic (with Emily A. Benfer), How the Law Harms Public Health (with Samuel R. Bagenstos), and Coronavirus, Civil Liberties, and the Courts: The Case Against “Suspending” Judicial Review (with Stephen I. Vladeck). Her forthcoming articles include The Personal Responsibility Pandemic: Centering Solidarity in Public Health and Employment Law (with Samuel R. Bagenstos), Health Justice Strategies to Combat the Pandemic: Eliminating Discrimination, Poverty, and Health Inequity During and After COVID-19 (with Emily A. Benfer, Seema Mohapatra, and Ruqaiijah Yearby) and Democratizing the Law of Social Distancing.

She is the co-author of Public Health Law: Power, Duty, Restraint and Public Health Law and Ethics: A Reader with Lawrence O. Gostin and the forthcoming Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Health Law Opinions with Seema Mohapatra.

Wiley directs AUWCL’s Health Law and Policy Program, ranked 11th nationally in the 2021 U.S. News and World Report. The Program’s conferences and networking events connect leading experts from across the country with movers and shakers in the nation’s capital. The program also boasts a robust Health Law and Policy Summer Institute, where nationally recognized practitioners lead intensive, practice-focused courses on subjects like Digital Health, the False Claims Act and Drug Pricing, along with a lunch and learn series open to the general public.

Learn more about the Health Law and Policy Program here.