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Law in Public Health Practice$
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Richard A. Goodman, Richard E. Hoffman, Wilfredo Lopez, Gene W. Matthews, Mark Rothstein, and Karen Foster

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195301489

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301489.001.0001

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Legal Counsel to Public Health Practitioners

Legal Counsel to Public Health Practitioners

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(p.199) Chapter 8 LEGAL COUNSEL TO PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTITIONERS
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Law in Public Health Practice
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Wilfredo Lopez

Thomas R. Frieden

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301489.003.0008

This chapter provides a practical framework for understanding and guiding the relationship between public health practitioners and legal counsel. It first suggests issues to be reviewed when a public health practitioner and his or her legal counsel initially meet or when the legal counsel writes the practitioner an introductory memo. It then describes in detail the different roles and responsibilities of the legal counsel in relation to the practitioner-client. For simplicity, the chapter focuses primarily on the relationship between the head of a state or local health agency and its chief legal officer who supervises an internal counsel's office. Legal citations focus on New York City and New York State to accommodate the authors' areas of expertise and to emphasize that the heart of public health law and practice is at the local and state levels.

Keywords:   public health practice, public health law, legal counsels, New York, practitioner-client, state law

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