Five rising second-year students have been named recipients of the Law School’s newly created Health Law and Policy Fellowship. They are Adam Blander, Rebecca Ford, Dina Halajian, Alana Heumann, and Anand Patel.
This new fellowship is designed for students who have demonstrated academic or professional achievement in health, public health, science, and biotechnology, and who are interested in pursuing legal careers in those fields. The primary focus of each fellow will be to complete a major research project on a legal or policy issue related to medicine, health care, public health, or biotechnology. Each fellow will work closely with at least one faculty member or leading professional on his or her research project.
“We had a terrific pool of candidates with very strong credentials,” said Karen Porter, Assistant Professor of Clinical Law and Executive Director of the Center for Health, Science and Public Policy. “We selected the fellows based on their leadership skills, academic credentials, and commitment to public service.”
The Fellows were chosen by a Selection Committee comprised of Professor Porter, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Michael Cahill, Professors Adam Kolber and Marsha Garrison, and Adjunct Professors Sal Russo and Elinor Hoffmann.
The five students selected bring unique perspectives and interests to the Center for Health, Science and Public Policy, and their research areas are as varied as their backgrounds. “Each of these inaugural Fellows is individually outstanding,” said Cahill, “but we are especially excited about the range and depth of their collective interests and pursuits.”
Adam Blander ’13, a graduate of McGill University, has already had multiple work opportunities in the health field. Prior to Law School he worked at Columbia University's School of Public Health, the New York Academy of Medicine, and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, where his research focused on issues relating to urban health environments and community-centric health services. In the fall, he will be working at the New York Attorney General's Health Care Bureau.
Rebecca Ford ‘13 was keenly interested in the Health Law Fellowship program because it gave her a chance to combine her two interests, the Internet and health law. For her research project, she plans to research best practices for Hospital Online Patient Portals, specifically how these portals can be used to empower patients and limit risk for hospitals. Ford is a graduate of Emory University.
Dina Halajian ’13 went to Cornell University to study biological sciences. While there, she conducted a clinical research study analyzing the relationship among memory, food intake and obesity that sparked her interest in health law, as well as the social and policy ramifications of food & drug laws. Halajian is interested in finding practical solutions to health disparities that encompass legal and ethical boundaries. She is also interested in the future legal and ethical implications of medical advances, including issues of patentability of genes and personalized genomics. In addition to this fellowship, she is a member of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law and Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity.
Alana Heumann ‘13 graduated from Brandeis University, where her curiosity about health law began. She is particularly interested in Medicare and Long-Term-Care issues, which will likely be the topic of her fellowship project. In addition to this fellowship, she is a member of the Brooklyn Law Review and the Law School's Moot Court Honor Society, Appellate Division.
Anand Patel ’13 graduated from Boston University with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. He also gained an interest in the healthcare field in college, particularly in the area of biomedical start-ups and IP law. He worked on campus as an EMT and after college worked for a year at Beckman Coulter, a medical device company. As a fellow, he will focus on policy that has the potential to affect biotech and medical device companies, such as the America Invents Act.