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2006 Visitor in Public Service Health Law

Eric D. Hargan, J.D., Principal Associate Deputy Secretary
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C.


"The Federal Role in Public Health Emergencies"

While September 11, Hurricane Katrina, and the avian flu are still fresh in our collective consciousness, new acts of terrorism, natural disasters, and pandemics will emerge to compromise our health and safety. Eric D. Hargan, Principal Associate Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will discuss the broad historical and contemporary role of the federal government in response to public health emergencies, ranging from quarantine and immunizations to the public health response in epidemics and disasters. He will also outline the legal and administrative framework in which the federal government operates.

Thursday, April 6, 2006
3 p.m.

Eric D. Hargan, J.D., is the Principal Associate Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Secretary, in Washington, D.C., where he addresses public health, food and drug, and bioterrorism issues. He served the Department as Deputy General Counsel from 2003–2005. Before joining the Administration, Hargan was a partner at Winston & Strawn LLP in Chicago and also worked as an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Chicago and Jakarta, Indonesia. He received a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where he was senior editor of the Columbia Law Review, and a B.A. with honors from Harvard University. He holds a certificate in International Law from the Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law at Columbia University. Hargan was born and raised in Mounds, Illinois.