Warning Shots: The Military's Anthrax Vaccination Program and its Consequences

John J. Michels '85

John J. “Lou” Michels ’85

John J. “Lou” Michels ’85, a partner with McGuireWoods in Chicago, will discuss his role in successfully challenging the mandatory anthrax vaccination of military personnel on November 20 at Duke Law School. Co-sponsored by the Program in Public Law and the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security, the event begins at 12:15 in room 3041.

A retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, Michels won injunctive relief in 2004 on behalf of six former and current service members against the program, arguing that the vaccine, with side effects that may include immune disorders, muscle pain, and birth defects, was never properly cleared for use on humans. 

Michels is a litigation specialist with an extensive labor and employment law practice.

For more information contact Frances Presma at (919) 613-7248 or presma@law.duke.edu.