#ItsMyLane: Legal & Medical Ethics When Doctors Speak Out on Public Policy (2021 PHS Ethics Single Session)

14. #ItsMyLane: Legal & Medical Ethics When Doctors Speak Out on Public Policy (2021 Physicians Single Ethics Session)
Anjali Bajaj Dooley and William W. Horton

From gun violence to abortion, from COVID19 vaccines to mask mandates, physicians feel increasing pressure to speak out on public policy issues. At the same time, public advocacy activities may expose physicians to licensure risks, prosecution and even the threat of violence and may present professional responsibility challenges for lawyers who may be asked to help their clients in violating the law. This session will explore current controversies around physicians and public policy, and on the professional responsibility obligations of lawyers advising them, including:

  • Potential conflicts between medical ethics and laws restricting (or requiring) physician speech
  • Legal implications of physician “activism” through social media
  • Professional responsibility issues when the client plans to break the law
  • Ethical responsibilities when the client is an activist but the lawyer doesn’t want to be
Continuing Education Ethics Credits are available for this session. For CLE credits, you can earn 1.0  ethics credit hours on a 60-Min Calculation and 1.2 ethics credit hours on a 50-minute Calculation. For CPE and CCB, you can earn 1.2 credit hours for this session.

AHLA would like to thank Pinnacle for sponsoring this CLE-eProgram session.