A Shot in the Arm: Medicolegal Review of COVID Vaccination and Beyond

Join us for a panel discussion of the medical, policy, and legal issues surrounding COVID-19 vaccination mandates. Co-sponsored by the alumni societies of Penn State College of Medicine, Penn State College of Nursing, Penn State Dickinson Law, and Penn State Law.

The Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board has approved this program for 1.0 hour of substantive law, practice, and procedure credit.

Approved for 1.0 nursing contact hour. Penn State College of Nursing is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Pennsylvania State Nursing Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission of Accreditation.

Information about the panelists:

Wendy E. Braund, MD, MPH, MSEd, FACPM serves as the COVID-19 Response Director for the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Previously, she was the Director of the Center for Public Health Practice, Associate Dean for Practice, and a Professor of Health Policy and Management at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Prior to her time in academia, she served as the Wyoming State Health Officer and Public Health Division Administrator for the Wyoming Department of Health. Before working at the state level, Dr. Braund was employed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, first in the Office of the Assistant Secretary, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and then at the Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Professions. Dr. Braund’s degrees include a BA from Duke University, MSEd from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and MD from the Penn State College of Medicine. She is a 2007 graduate of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Preventive Medicine Residency Program and is board certified in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine. She is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine.

Dr. Sherry DelGrosso, DNP, RN, LNC has over 29 years of nursing and leadership experience in the following specialties: healthcare consulting, hospital management, academia, research, and clinical nursing, including intensive care (pediatrics, cardiothoracic, surgery/trauma). In addition to being an independent legal nurse consultant (medical malpractice) and a home health nurse (UPMC), she teaches three graduate-level courses as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Saint Francis University, Loretto, PA. Sherry is a public speaker and advocates for those impacted by breast cancer. She is a member of AALNC (American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants), American Organizational of Nursing Leadership (AONL), American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA), and the American Nurses Association (ANA). Sherry serves on the WPSU Board of Representatives and the 21st Century Cyber Charter School Board of Trustees and has been a mentor with Penn State University’s The Women’s Leadership Initiative for nearly 15 years.

Professor Medha D. Makhlouf is an Assistant Professor and Founding Director of the Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic at Penn State Dickinson Law. She has a joint appointment in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Penn State College of Medicine. Professor Makhlouf’s research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of health law, immigrants’ rights, and poverty law and policy. Her recent scholarship has been published or is forthcoming in the New York University Law Review, the Northwestern University Law Review Online, and the American Journal of Law and Medicine. Professor Makhlouf’s work is available at

Kevin T. McGarry is an Associate in the Lancaster office of Post & Schell, P.C. where he is a member of the Firm's Casualty Litigation Department, representing insurers, third-party administrators, and self-insured clients in claims involving general liability, as well as commercial transportation liability, premises liability, products liability, and construction defect/injury. Kevin previously served as an Assistant District Attorney with the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office. During his tenure, he served as head of the Office's Elder/Care Dependent Abuse Unit, head of its White-Collar Crime Unit, and as a member of its Major Crimes Unit. Prior to moving to Lancaster County, he served as a clerk to the Honorable Kyran Connor, in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Atlantic & Cape May County Vicinage. Kevin is a 2011 graduate of Penn State Law. While in law school, he was a two-term Executive Board member of the Moot Court Board, as well as a member of the American Association for Justice Student Trial Advocacy Team, the Trial Advocacy Board, Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity, Dickinson THON and served as a VITA Volunteer Tax Preparer. Kevin was awarded the George F. Douglas, Jr. Memorial Prize for Advocacy as well as membership in the Order of Barristers. Kevin earned a B.A. in History, magna cum laude, from Washington College in 2008. While at Washington College he earned varsity letters as a member of the swimming and crew teams. He was also involved in numerous campus organizations and activities including Phi Beta Kappa and the Student Government Association. Kevin is a member of the Pennsylvania and Lancaster Bar Associations, and a Life Member of the National Eagle Scout Association. Kevin resides in Lititz, with his wife Laura, and children Jack and Alice.


Wednesday Aug 11, 2021, 12 - 1 PM EST

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