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Monique AnawisMonique Anawis, MD, JD, is the medical director and an assistant attorney general for the Office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. As faculty for the National Attorneys General Training & Research Institute, Dr. Anawis lectures on opioid use disorder and prescription drug monitoring programs (PMPs) and is a technical advisor to the Illinois PMP. She is: a practicing, board-certified phthalmologist; an assistant professor of clinical ophthalmology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology; the treasurer and a fellow of the American College of Legal Medicine; and the vice chair of programming for the Physician Issues Interest Group of the American Bar Association’s Health Law Section.

Judge David HamiltonThe Honorable David Frank Hamilton is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. He was nominated to the court by President Obama and was confirmed in November 2009.
Prior to his service on the Seventh Circuit, Judge Hamilton was a judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.

Hamilton was the first judicial nominee from President Barack Obama. He was nominated to a position on the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.He was nominated to succeed Kenneth Ripple, who elected to take senior status in 2008. The American Bar Association rated Hamilton Unanimously Well Qualified for the nomination.

Hearings on Hamilton's nomination were held before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary on April 1, 2009, and April 29, 2009, and Hamilton's nomination was reported by U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on June 4, 2009. Hamilton was confirmed on a recorded 59-39 vote of the United States Senate on November 19, 2009, and he received his commission on November 23, 2009.

Hamilton received his B.A. from Haverford College in 1979 and his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1983.

 Seema MohapatraSeema Mohapatra, Associate Professor of Law and Dean's Fellow, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, is a leading expert in the areas of biotechnology and the law, public health law, reproductive justice, and health equity. Her work has been published in several journals, including the Yale Journal of Health Law, Policy, and Ethics, Wake Forest Law Review, Colorado Law Review, Brooklyn Law Review, Washington and Lee Law Review Online, and the Harvard Law & Policy Review. Professor Mohapatra has authored articles and book chapters on topics such as insurance coverage of infertility and assisted reproduction, genetics and health privacy, international surrogacy laws, and equity in healthcare coverage. Professor Mohapatra regularly presents her research nationally and internationally at legal and medical conferences and symposia. Additionally, she taught a six-week course on comparative health law in Spain.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, she has written about various issues including structural racism, mask mandates and racial discrimination, mask mandates and disability law, immunity passports, advance directives, health justice, and online teaching. Her co-authored piece with Professor Ruqaiijah Yearby, Law, Structural Racism, and the COVID-19 Pandemic, published in the Journal of Law and the Biosciences, explains how systemic barriers in housing, employment, and health care caused Black, Latinx, and Native Americans to bear the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic. Another co-authored piece with Professor Yearby that was published in the Health Affairs Blog, Structural Discrimination In COVID-19 Workplace Protections, focused on how low wage workers, such as meatpacking industry workers and home care workers, have been harmed by structural discrimination during the COVID-19 pandemic. She also has forthcoming articles on the COVID-19 pandemic and reproductive justice, health justice, and ethics of clinical trials. Professor Mohapatra has participated in several webinars during the last few months, including the Public Health Law Watch Covid Law Briefing on Abortion Exceptionalism and Vulnerable Workers and a webinar on Racial Inequities and the Pandemic as a part of Wake Forest University School of Law's Isolated by the Law (Part Two) Symposium.

Professor Mohapatra joined the faculty of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law as a tenured faculty member in August 2018, after over a decade teaching at Barry University School of Law in her hometown of Orlando. She is on leave from IU McKinney and a visitor at FAMU College of Law for the 2020-2021 school year.