Summer 2011 Jobs & Fellowships
GEORGIA ACADEMY OF HEALTHCARE ATTORNEYS (GAHA) 2011 SUMMER FELLOWSHIP Due 9/30
Many of you indicated in our first meeting survey that you wanted more information about Career Development & Networking. Regardless of what type of health law you are interested in (non-profit, firm, in-house counsel, government, etc.), it is important to learn more about the health law field to identify potential career opportunities. It’s an excellent idea to try to meet attorneys in the field, who can provide mentorship, advice, and maybe even an internship or job! So, how do you do this!?
1. Stay up on current health law news!
• Sign up to get email updates from Kaiser Health News, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and the CDC Weekly News Update. Also, Emory has a limited subscription to the BNA Health Law Reporter so if you are interested email Lslive@emory.edu.
• Check the NY Times & WSJ health sections as often as you can.
• Check out health law blogs for whatever type of health law you are interested in and sign up for the RSS feeds (i.e. http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/healthlawprof_blog/).
• Interested in the private sector? Sign up for health law client alerts from firms such as Womble Carlyle, King & Spalding, etc. Martindale-Hubbell (you get access through LexisNexis) also has a health care law alert you can sign up for.
• Interested in policy or academia? Subscribe to academic journals! The University of Chicago’s Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law is $35/yr for students. There are also many other relevant journals- look them up at http://law.bepress.com/expresso/list.html
2. Join professional organizations. These are GREAT things to put on your resume to show your interest in health law.
• For $15/year, you can be a student member in the American Health Lawyers Association (www.healthlawyers.org), which holds national conferences and will send you personalized daily emails with health law news in the areas you are interested in (lots of private sector info)!
• Interested in public health? Join the American Public Health Association! (http://www.apha.org/) And the Public Health Law Association (http://www.phla.info) which has a free student membership!
• You can also join the American Society of Law Medicine & Ethics ($90/yr) and/or attend their student health law conference on October 22 in New Jersey ($35 registration).
• Check out the American Bar Association’s Health Law Student Section (http://www.abanet.org/health/06_membership/03_law_students.html), which has lots of resources from mentorship programs to podcasts to writing competitions. Membership is $35/yr ($25 for ABA and $10 for health law section). You can also subscribe to their publication, the Health Lawyer (http://www.abanet.org/health/03_publications/01_health_lawyer.html).
• Take it one step further and get involved by volunteering to write an article, help plan a program, suggest ideas for a conference, etc.
3. Attend as many health law events as you can at the law school, on the campus, and in the community! Law school is very busy but it is important to get involved!
• Did you know that Georgia State has an entire Center for Health, Law & Society? Check out their website (http://law.gsu.edu/clhs/) and upcoming events!
• Attend local continuing legal education (CLE) seminars (www.iclega.org)
4. Get to know law school professors who do work in health law -they are a wonderful resource!
• Liza Vertinsky (IP, Global Health)
• Polly Price
• Ani Satz (Regulatory Health Law, Medical Ethics, Disability Law)
• William Kitchens (Adjunct Professor and Partner at Arnall Golden Gregory)
• Robert Miller (Adjunct Professor and Retired Partner at King & Spalding)
If you are interested in public health, there are professors at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health who do legal and policy work as well.
5. If you are interested in international public health law, participate in programming (including paid summer job opportunities) with Emory’s Global Health Institute (www.globalhealth.emory.edu).
6. Sign up for mentor programs! The law school usually offers a mentoring program - definitely sign up for this and indicate your interest in health law!
Last, but not least, our new webmaster, Matt Parker, has been doing a great job of updating the HLS website with health law events on campus & in the community, Be sure to bookmark and check the HLS website at least weekly (http://www.law.emory.edu/intranet/student-organizations/health-law-society.html). We don't want to bombard you with a million emails for every single health-related event, but try to remember to check the website so you don't miss out on something awesome!
**Thank you to Ani Satz, Sue McAvoy, and the HLS Board for helping to put this together!
Resources at Emory University
Faculty at Emory Law School
· Ani Satz (Health Law, Disability Law) *Away at Georgetown Fall 2010
· Liza Vertinsky (IP and Global Health)
· Martha Fineman (Women and the Law, Reproductive Issues)
· Bill Kitchens (Food & Drug) *Adjunct
· Robert Miller (Regulation of Healthcare Providers) *Adjunct
Other Health Organizations at Emory
· Emory Global Health Organization (EGHO)
· Human Rights Action (HuRA)
· Emory Global Access Partnership (EGAP)
· Global Health Initiative Case Competition (Spring 2011)
· Goizueta Healthcare Association
Links and Resources
Health Law Organizations:
Post-Graduate Fellowship Opportunities:
The Vera Institute of Justice is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to making government policies and practices more fair, humane, and efficient for all people. Working in collaboration with government and local communities, Vera designs and implements innovative programs that encourage just practices in public services and improve the quality of urban life.
The Equal Justice Works Fellowships Program creates partnerships among public interest lawyers, nonprofit organizations, law firm/corporate sponsors and other donors in order to afford underrepresented populations effective access to the justice system.
The Harrison Institute for Public Law seeks applicants for a two-year fellowship in its policy clinic that would begin in August of 2007. Georgetown fellows supervise upper-class law students in the clinical program, participate in curriculum development, and undertake independent research and writing. This position is part of the Institute’s health policy team, which works to increase access to health care for vulnerable populations and strengthen the capacity of the communities in which they reside.
For more information on the Harrison Institute’s policy clinic, please go to – http://www.law.georgetown.edu/clinics/hi/PolicyClinic.htm
The O’Neill Institute at Georgetown University is seeking exceptionally qualified candidates to serve as Fellow of the Institute. Housed at Georgetown Law Center, in the heart of the nation’s capital, the Institute has the mission to provide innovative solutions for the leading health problems in America and globally—from infectious diseases and chronic diseases to health care financing and health systems.
The National Women’s Law Center is seeking a rising third-year law student, judicial clerk, or other recent law school graduate to work on major health and reproductive rights policy initiatives affecting women as a Health Law Fellow.This is a two-year fellowship funded by the Center, available September 2008 and lasting until August 2010.
*Please note: For the most recent postings please consult pslawnet.org and search the full list of fellowship opportunities.
Health Care Quality Improvement Act: National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) Guidebook and the Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank (HIPDB) Guidebook:
Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) plans: http://oig.hhs.gov/publications/workplan/2011/
STARK overview: http://aishealth.com/Products/sta.html
Law Review and Journal Articles: Hein (access through ELS Library)
Healthcare Reform: http://www.healthreformgps.org/