Graduates Receive First Health Law Certificates
ATLANTA – The first seven Georgia State University College of Law students graduated with health law certificates this May. The Class of 2013 graduates are: Katrina Carmichael, Evelyn Clark, Rachel Hulkower, Jena Jolissaint, Amy Jurden, Sarah Ketchie, and Joseph Leonard. The health law certificate program was launched in the spring of 2012 and fosters the knowledge, skills, and values that contemporary lawyers need in today’s health care industry and public health field.
The first certificate program graduates represent a wide array of backgrounds, interests, and plans for the future. Hulkower, who worked as a scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) prior to law school, has been accepted as a clerk for Judge E. Clayton Scofield III with the Northern District of Georgia. “After the clerkship, I will be looking into health law firms as well as policy jobs at CDC or another public health entity,” she said. “I believe that having the health law certificate will let potential employers know I am serious and committed to the field of health law.”
Carmichael will join Parker, Hudson, Rainer, & Dobbs, LLP, an Atlanta law firm with a strong health practice, in September. She reflected that the Student Health Law Association’s mentoring program, which pairs law students with health law graduates, was one of the most useful programs she participated in. “It allowed me to bolster contact with attorneys in the field and get advice from those with experience,” she said.
Jolissaint is a full-time faculty member and assistant program director of philosophy and general studies at South University and plans to continue teaching while completing a writing project on bioethics. “The most rewarding experiences I had were with the HeLP Legal Services Clinic and Health Legislation and Advocacy course with associate clinical professor Sylvia Caley, and a clinical bioethics internship at Grady arranged by professor Paul Lombardo,” said Jolissaint. She encouraged future health law students to participate in practical lawyering skills opportunities while in law school and to take advantage of the expertise and advice of the health law professors.
Stacie Kershner (J.D. ’08)
Center for Law, Health & Society