Common Threads of Justice: Lessons Learned from the 1918 Pandemic Webinar

On Monday, May 11th, we hosted our first webinar Lessons Learned from the 1918 Pandemic: Historical and Legal Framework of the Spanish Flu and How It Relates to Today’s Crisissponsored by Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP. It featured Ernest A. Abbott, Muhammad U. Faridi, and Sandra Opdycke, and was moderated by our Chair Stephen P. Younger. The program traced how the flu spread during World War I and how the government and courts responded, exploring cases, connections, differences, and lessons learned that make an impact on the current pandemic.

The feedback we received was incredibly positive. Here are two stories that are particularly touching:

[The webinar] was very informative. It certainly made me stop and think about my own family’s history during that time. My maternal grandmother would have been a 24 year old with three children… and my dad would have been eight years old living in a tenement in Chinatown… They all survived the multiple wars and now I’ve come to realize another pandemic. Thank you so much for offering your program and the presenters’ insights.

My mother lived in Brooklyn with my grandparents and my father lived in The Bronx with my grandparents during the 1919, Pandemic. To my amazement, they all survived. Here I am today! They never spoke of the challenges they confronted. Thank you for a wonderful, very informative webinar today… I hope you inform me and invite me to future webinars as informative as the one shown today.

Special thanks to all who streamed live. For those who were unable to do so, the video is now available on our website (see below), YouTube, and Facebook.

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