Legislators Events Symposium Participants Symposium Witnesses Jalbca Symposium Co-Chair Desiree Ripo Esq. Symposium Co-Chair- Erika Stallings, Esq. Virginia Trunkes Esq Symposium Co-Chair

24th Annual Ellen P. Hermanson Memorial Symposium

December 09 2020

Legislating Genetic Testing: Is Knowledge Power?

A mock legislative hearing will address whether our nation’s healthcare system can – and should – do more to empower Americans with knowledge about their genetic predisposition to cancer.

DATE: December 9, 2020
CLE: CLE credit pending (1.5 credits in Areas of Professional Practice; .5 credit in Ethics and Professionalism)


HEART Act Background

Legal Outline


Evaluation Form

Attorney Affirmation

Legislative Panel

Hon. Barbara Jaffe, NYS Supreme Court, JALBCA Board of Directors
Hon. Keith Powers, Member, New York City Council and Committee on Health
Hon. Alan D. Scheinkman, Presiding Justice, Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department
Erika Stallings, Esq., BRCA awareness advocate and attorney, Facebook Music

Testifying Witnesses

Patrick J. Burke, Esq., Partner, Chair of Data Technology & Cybersecurity Group, Phillips Nizer LLP
Kristen C. Kim, Esq., Associate General Counsel, Chief Regulatory Counsel, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Lisa Schlager, Vice President of Public Policy, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered)
Fran Visco, President, National Breast Cancer Coalition
Anya Prince, MPP, JD, Associate Professor of Law, Iowa College of Law, and Member of the University of Iowa Genetics Cluster.
Kathryn M. Rattigan, Esq., Robinson & Cole LLP’s Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Team and Business Litigation Group
Julia A. Smith, MD, PhD, NYU Langone Perlmutter Cancer Center, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine at NYU Grossman School of Medicine.

Sponsors: The Ellen Hermanson Foundation, The Bench and Bar of the SDNY
Supporting Organizations: SHARE, The Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York
Symposium Co-Chairs: Desirée Ripo, Esq., Erika Stallings, Esq., Virginia K. Trunkes, Esq.

Read more about the Symposium in our Winter 2021 Newsletter.

And Click here to view an edited recording of the Symposium.