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Durham and DeGoricia Address OML/OMAA Regarding COVID-19 and Public Health


Isolation, quarantine, stay at home order, health district licensing and constitutional and privacy issues were discussed by Eastman & Smith member Joseph R. Durham and new associate Lauren M. DeGoricia via the webinar “Overview of Public Health Law and Local Health Districts.”   It was presented to Ohio Municipal League (OML) and Ohio Municipal Attorneys Association (OMAA) members.  

Mr. Durham has represented cities, counties, local health districts, solid waste management districts, townships and villages in environmental law and litigation and public health law.  This includes involvement with Franklin County’s Isolation and Quarantine Taskforce, development of National Association of County and City Health Officials’ “Public Health and the Law: An Emergency Preparedness Training Kit” and several terms on NACCHO’s Public Health Law Workgroup.  Ms. DeGoricia joins us from the public sector where she handled environmental issues pertaining to public health and safety, including those presented to publicly operated wastewater, drinking water and stormwater utilities.  As she continues her career with Eastman & Smith, Ms. DeGoricia’s practice includes environmental law, litigation and public law concerns faced by municipalities, townships, counties and cities. 

OML and OMAA are associations for cities and villages in Ohio.  They offer assistance to members such as training and research.  For additional information on these organizations, please visit their web sites. 

To view the recording, visit OML’s coronavirus page and scroll down to the League Section where the “Overview of Public Health Law and Local Health Districts” link is located.  A name and e-mail are required to view the webinar.