Major Grant Awarded for Faculty Fellowships in Public Health Law

Posted On January 7, 2013
Categories CLHS, Faculty

ATLANTA – Georgia State University College of Law has received a $557,571 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to establish a fellowship program and supporting online resources to strengthen the practice of public health law by expanding the scope of public health law instruction.

Ten professors of public health law from across the country will participate in an intensive summer institute, work on course development, and create and direct externships, clinics and other experiential-learning opportunities in public health law. Experienced faculty mentors will guide these efforts, which will be supplemented with connections to resources and organizations focused on public health law in the practice setting.

The fellowship program will be developed by the College of Law’s Center for Law, Health and Society. The project directors are Charity Scott, Catherine C. Henson Professor of Law and center director, and Stacie Kershner (J.D. ’08), associate director. The grant begins Jan. 15 and runs through July 14, 2015. Applications for the fellowships will be accepted in the fall.

“Building successful and sustainable new educational programs requires close collaboration between the dean and faculty members,” said Dean Steven J. Kaminshine, who will lead outreach to other law school deans. “This project aligns well with the College of Law’s strong commitment to teaching excellence and to implementing the recommendations of the recent Carnegie Foundation report on legal education.”

The center will develop a virtual library of online resources and case studies for use by the fellows and others and provide networking opportunities to strengthen public health law instruction across institutions. The project also will be supported by a senior law school consultant to work with Kaminshine and other deans desiring to expand their schools’ public health law curricula.

“This award is the culmination of the ongoing support and encouragement of the university and College of Law for building a strong health law program, which now can serve other schools nationally that would like to further develop their public health law programs,” Scott said.

“We’re excited to be on the cutting edge of public health law teaching,” Kershner said.  “We’ll be helping the fellows access best practices and model approaches to enrich their teaching.”

More information about the Center for Law, Health and Society.

Stacie Kershner
Associate Director, Center for Law, Health & Society or 404-413-9088

Wendy Reiser Cromwell
Director of communications