Public Health Emergencies Volunteering & Liability is Subject of Expert Presentation

[USPRwire, Thu Jul 05 2007] “Volunteering & Liability from a Community Perspective” is the subject of an expert presentation that David J. Massa, partner at the law firm of Gallop, Johnson & Neuman and chairman of the nonprofit MidAmerica Public Health Law Emergency Response Committee, will deliver at “Illinois Bioterrorism Summit 2007” on July 17, 2007 in Oak Brook, Illinois.

A graduate of Yale Law School and Washington University in St. Louis, Mr. Massa represents clients in all aspects of corporate compliance and defense, healthcare law, government contracting, litigation and governmental regulation. As pro bono chairman of the nonprofit MidAmerica Public Health Law Emergency Response Committee, he often addresses legal matters associated with community and business response in public health emergencies. In addition, Mr. Massa is an adjunct professor at The Center for Health Law Studies at Saint Louis University, where he teaches a seminar on Bioterrorism, Homeland Security and Public Health.

Illinois Bioterrorism Summit 2007, a three-day event July 17-19, is organized by the Illinois Department of Public Health and Illinois Public Health Association. This year’s theme is “Roles, Resources & Response in the Heartland.” Public health professionals in planning and administration, environmental health, nursing, communicable diseases, laboratory services, food protection, immunization, hospital emergency services, allied health and other specialties are expected to attend the conference distinguished by more than 30 sessions, roundtable discussions, a networking reception and exhibits.

Summit highlights will include live webcasts of keynote speeches; pre-conference workshops; Continuing Education Credits in select categories; roundtable discussions; and “shelter shock” demonstrations to help communities prepare for major disasters or evacuations. Illinois Bioterrorism Summit 2007 will be hosted at the Oak Brook Hills Marriott Resort at 3500 Midwest Road.

Mr. Massa said, “Today, nearly two years since Hurricane Katrina, legal concerns arising out of major threats including pandemic disease, terrorist incidents, and natural catastrophes remain concerns for first responders in public health and first responder communities, and also for businesses, schools, families and individuals.

“Public health crises arising in pandemic or other catastrophe will test the effectiveness of healthcare providers, first responders and organizations of virtually every kind. Coordination of public and private resources by decision-makers in first response communities will be based in part on key personnel knowing the legal roles, powers and responsibilities of each stakeholder in the response network,” he said.

For more information about attending Illinois Bioterrorism Summit 2007, call 217.785.4475. To reach Mr. Massa, call 314.615.6000.

Gallop, Johnson & Neuman is one of the ten largest law firms in St. Louis and has served clients in Missouri and internationally for more than 30 years. Offices are located at 101 South Hanley Road, Suite 1700, Clayton, Missouri, 63105. For more information about Gallop, Johnson & Neuman, please contact Daniel P. Mauzy at 314.615.6000 or visit the website Media contact: Jeff Dunlap at 314.993.6925.

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