In this uncertain time, the Network is reviewing our activities and trying to anticipate the best steps to take in the next weeks and months. Out of an abundance of caution, and to ensure the safety of attendees, we have decided to postpone the Public Health Law Conference from September 2020 to spring of 2021. We are currently working with the conference venue to determine the new dates and will share that information as soon as we can.

If you have already registered to attend the conference, you do not need to do anything at this time. If you have booked your hotel room at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor, you can cancel that reservation without incurring a fee.

If you feel you can no longer attend due to the change in timing of the conference, you can contact Anna Schmalzbauer at aschmalzbauer@networkforphl.org to cancel your registration without incurring a fee.

In times of crisis, the critical role of public health is glaringly evident. The protections we put in place that help mitigate harms — especially for vulnerable communities — when such crisis happens are paramount. When conditions are safe around the country, it will be more important than ever to gather and share our strategies, learnings and experiences.

Thank you for supporting the Public Health Law Conference. We will share updates and next steps soon.


At this critical moment for public health in the United States, come together with others to learn how the strategic use of legal and policy tools can address fundamental drivers of inequity, promote health and well-being, and save lives.

The 2020 Public Health Law Conference will examine law and policy pathways to:

  • Improving child and adolescent health
  • Addressing environmental and climate challenges
  • Eliminating the social and structural barriers to health equity
  • Addressing critical issues like the ACA, opioids, mental health, gun violence and vaccinations
  • Strengthening the legal capacity of public health departments

Who should attend?

  • Public health officials and practitioners
  • State attorneys general and public health lawyers
  • Policymakers
  • Researchers and academics
  • Advocacy and philanthropic organizations
  • Those working in sectors that impact health outcomes like housing, education and transportation

 The 2020 Public Health Law Conference is organized by: