Christopher Ogolla

Associate Professor

(916) 525-3920


B.A., University of Nairobi
M.A., University of Massachusetts
M.P.H., University of Massachusetts
J.D., Thurgood Marshall School of Law
L.L.M., University of Houston

Career Highlights

Professor Ogolla teaches civil and criminal procedure, evidence, health law, immigration law, and torts. Ogolla worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta as an Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) research fellow. Additionally, he served as a public health specialist for the New York State Department of Health in New Rochelle, New York. He obtained his J.D. from Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston, and his LL.M in health law from the University of Houston Law School. He also holds a master of public health degree from the University of Massachusetts School of Public Health and Health Sciences. His scholarly interests cover the intersection of public health, policy, bioethics, and law. He explores various ways in which public health activities are constrained by statutes and the U.S. Constitution, and how courts have traditionally handled public health disputes.

Professor Ogolla has been the lead counsel or co-counsel in several state and federal appellate court cases including: Akukoro v. Akukoro, 2013 WL 6729661 (Tex.App.-Hous. (1 Dist. 2013); Derrick Turner D/B/A No Limit Transportation v. Package Express L.P2013 WL 2149786 (Tex.App.-Hous. (14 Dist. 2013);  Kamau v. Holder, 398 Fed. Appx. 57, (C.A.5, 2010), cert. denied, 131 S.Ct. 1794, (2011); and several unpublished Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) cases.


  • Public Health Implications of Religious Exemption: A Balance Between Public Safety and Personal Choice or Religion Gone Too Far? 25 Health Matrix: Journal of Law-Medicine 257 (2015).
  • Fashion Sense: Personal appearance in Texas courts 5 Texas Bar Journal 78 (2015).
  • Non Criminal Habeas Corpus For Quarantine and Isolation Detainees: Serving the Private Right or Violating Public Policy? 14 DePaul J. Health Care L. 135 (2011).
  • Fame, Family Feuds, Lack of Estate Planning, and Ethical Misconduct in the Administration of the Billion-Dollar Legacy of Bob Marley (with McKen Carrington), 4 Est. & Cmty. Prop. L.J. 53 (2011).
  • Racial Discrimination in Medicine Versus Race-based Medicine: What Are The Ethical, Legal and Policy Implications on Health Disparities? 3 Geo. J.L. & Mod. Critical Race Persp. 59 (2011).
  • Is the Repeal of Mandatory Motorcycle Helmet Legislation A Contributing Factor to Traumatic Brain Injury As a Public Health Problem? Recommendations for the Future, 14 Mich. St. U. J. Med. & L. 163 (2010) (with Frederic Shaw).
  • What are the Policy Implications of Use of Epidemiological Evidence in Mass Torts and Public Health Litigation? 23 St. Thomas L. Rev. 157 (2010).
  • Reversing the United States Policy on Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research: A Case of Science, Law & Policy or Just Plain Politics? 35 T. Marshall L. Rev. 91 (2009).
  • Impacts of the 2008 Global Aids Bill on Travel and Asylum Seekers in the United States, Health Law Perspectives (April 2009).
  • Will the Use of Racial Statistics in Public Health Surveillance Survive Equal Protection Challenges? A Prolegomenon for the Future, 31 N.C. L. Rev. 1 (2008).
  • Lay Midwives and Access to Healthcare in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas, A Clash of Two Cultures? Health Law Perspectives (November 2008).
  • Concerns in Workforce Development: Linking Certification and Credentialing to Outcomes (with Joan Cioffi), 25 Pub. Health Nursing, 429-438 (2007).
  • Law, Behavior and Injury Prevention (with Frederick Shaw), Injury and Violence Prevention: Behavioral Science Theories, Methods and Applications, 442 (Andrea Carlson Gielen et al. eds., 2006).