THE LL.M. DIRECTOR'S CORNER
We are well into Spring semester, and I have been working closely with many of you on your job search. I'm excited about your future and can't wait to see where you'll go following graduation. Continue the hard work—you are all doing great!
With every step that you take in your job search, you are one step closer. I know that it can be stressful to juggle courses and job search, so take the time to breathe and take good care of yourselves. It is spring and the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. Enjoy them!
PROFESSOR GOSTIN'S HEALTH TIP
March was National Nutrition Month, so shall we talk about diet and nutrition? My first and foremost piece of advice is: do not go on a diet! Most diets are futile or counterproductive, lacking a sound scientific base. This is true of programs such as the paleontology diet, high fat/high protein diets, and low carb diets. Diets also are for the most part transient, with the large proportion of “dieters” giving up after a short while. If the diet resulted in some weight loss, the vast majority of people put the weight back on, and more. What we need to aim for is changing our lifelong eating habits.
The best approach is to aim for Mediterranean foods, such as fish, beans, nuts, vegetables, fruits, low fat dairy, and healthy oils (e.g., olive oil). Your plates should be balanced, brightly colored, and very low on added sugars, processed foods, and refined carbohydrates. No particular need to count calories, but just don’t overdo it; no need to read the latest fad diet books (they lack quality evidence); no need to overreact to news stories of this or that new finding (most are wrong or exaggerated). Just follow the simple rules above and don’t stray. Remember, foods that we are taught are healthy really are not, such as flavored yogurts (too much sugar), chocolate (ditto), and granola (too much fat). Follow these simple rules and your life and energy will explode. Food for thought.
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GLOBAL HEALTH LAW LL.M. ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: KATIE GOTTSCHALK
Katie Gottschalk is the Executive Director of the Center for Global Health and Diplomacy, an organization which brings together global leaders from the health, diplomatic and development communities to discuss health challenges and develop innovative solutions to protect vulnerable populations. Ms. Gottschalk also serves as the Editor of the Journal of Global Health and Diplomacy and the Director of the Center’s Global Health Fellows Program.
As GHD’s Executive Director, Ms. Gottschalk runs the Center’s daily operations and guides its policy agenda. Under Ms. Gottschalk’s leadership, GHD convenes global experts and world leaders at its forums alongside the World Health Assembly, the United Nations General Assembly and the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting. At these and other smaller, closed door sessions, participants explore groundbreaking health topics such as the role of the private sector in global health security, the role of innovative financing in the global health architecture, and health systems strengthening for swifter responses to outbreaks and pandemics.
Prior to joining the Center for Global Health and Diplomacy, Ms. Gottschalk served as the Acting Director at the Dianne Abbey Law Center for Children and Families in New York, working with a diverse set of stakeholders to raise the profile of discreet issues of family law, including juvenile justice, the disproportionate representation of minorities in the welfare system and end of life rights. During her career, Ms. Gottschalk has managed health and policy programs for a number of organizations including MergerWatch, Physicians for Reproductive Choice & Health and New York Law School.
Ms. Gottschalk holds a LL.M in Global Health Law from Georgetown University Law Center, a J.D. from New York Law School, and a B.A in Environmental Design from the University of Colorado.
GLOBAL HEALTH LAW LL.M. FACULTY SPOTLIGHT: RICHARD WILDER
Mr. Wilder is Associate General Counsel in the Global Health Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In that capacity he has responsibility for providing legal support in a range of projects for the development and delivery of drugs, vaccines and diagnostics in the developing world.
He was previously Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property Policy at Microsoft Corporation where he was responsible for defining and driving the company-wide policy in all areas of intellectual property. And prior to that he was a partner in a global law firm, where he specialized in international law. There, he represented countries and companies in international trade disputes – in particular those involving intellectual property. He also practiced in the field public health – including on access to existing medicines and the development of new ones, with particular focus on developing country needs. In this connection, he has advised the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, the World Health Organization, the Medicines for Malaria Venture, the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Mr. Wilder is a former Director of the Global Intellectual Property Issues Division of the World Intellectual Property Organization – a specialized agency of the United Nations in Geneva. While there he had responsibility for diverse issues, including public health, genetic resources, traditional knowledge and human rights.
It is an incredible privilege to study and work at Georgetown Law's Oneill Institute. The faculty and experts are resourceful, accessible and genuinely interested in your scholarship and career. The proximity to the Supreme Court, Federal Government, Congress, World Bank, IMF and think tanks provides unparalleled opportunities to investigate, network and pursue diverse interests in Law, Public Policy, International Development and Politics. This is easily my most fulfilling professional and academic opportunity.
My experience in the Global Health Law LL.M. has been nothing short of incredible. My professors are on the cutting edge of change in both health law and health policy, which creates a unique, interesting, and thought-provoking perspective within class discussions. I am constantly inspired and intellectually challenged by the faculty, administrative staff, and my fellow classmates. Outside of the classroom, the O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law in conjunction with Georgetown University Law Center has provided me with access to a vast array of extraordinary opportunities.
WHAT WE'RE BUZZING ABOUT
On March 2 the LL.M. Program hosted a Global Health Law Speed Networking Event, where students had the opportunity to network with a wide range of legal experts working in health.
The cherry blossoms are in full bloom in Washington. LLM students have been enjoying the sights at the tidal basin.
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