SHLA Students Volunteer at Homeless Shelter
ATLANTA – Throughout the spring semester, Student Health Law Association (SHLA) members participated in a service project benefitting Covenant House Georgia, culminating on Volunteer Day (April 13, 2013) when many student groups at Georgia State University College of Law come together to help in the community.
Covenant House Georgia provides shelter and services for homeless youth ages 17 to 21 in Atlanta. “Covenant House is an organization that helps youth rebuild their lives and gain self-sufficiency,” said Brittanie Browning (J.D. ’14), an SHLA officer and community liaison. “Covenant House also offers counseling and mental health services to their residents which ties into SHLA’s goals and focus.”
Browning became interested in health law when studying abroad and learning about the Korean health care system. Her interest in learning how the law can aid those in need of medical services led to her involvement in SHLA and her encouragement of student service as an officer of the organization.
Under Browning’s leadership, health law students helped paint rooms for the youth at the shelter. The organization recently relocated and was preparing to move residents to the new campus. Volunteer support was needed to get the new facility ready in time for the move.
This service opportunity was part of SHLA’s on-going effort to get law students out of the classroom and into the community.
Stacie Kershner (J.D. ’08)
Center for Law, Health & Society