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Teaching COVID Law in Real Time

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President and Dean Alicia Ouellette typically spends summers traveling and sharing the good news about Albany Law School. This year she found a different way to make an impact—by returning to the classroom.

She tapped into her bioethics and health law expertise to launch the course COVID-19: Law in a Time of Pandemic, through which students explored the vast legal issues that surround a public health crisis as one unfolded in real time.

For the dean, teaching the course let her reconnect to her roots as a law professor, and apply some of the issues of her scholarly focus to current events.“ 

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered so many areas of law,” she said.“ This course [presented] an opportunity for all of us to dig a little deeper into the nuances of what we’re hearing about in the news.”

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