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O'Neill Institute Global Health Law LL.M. Update - November/December 2015

O'Neill Institute
O'Neill Institute
November/December 2015

Global Health Law LL.M. Update


O'Neill Institute

Upcoming LL.M. Events

Presentation on The Right to Health by UN Special Rapporteur, Dr. Dainius Puras
Monday, December 14
2:15 - 3:00 p.m. 
Hotung 2000
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Global Health Law LL.M. Curriculum Guide
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O'Neill Institute Blog and Publications

A Public Health Approach to Gun Violence (Or Move to Australia)
By: Katherine Shats, O'Neill Institute Associate 

International Day of Persons with Disabilities: The Nexus Between Disability and NCDs
By: Sarah Roache, O'Neill Institute Law Fellow

World AIDS Day: Spotlight on PrEP for HIV Prevention
By: Sean Bland, O'Neill Institute Associate 

Justice for Kenyan Women Detained in Maternity Wards 
By: Rebecca Reingold, O'Neill Institute Associate 

Public Health Emergency Preparedness in Action: The Medical Response to the November Paris Terror Attacks 
By: Daniel Hougendobler, O'Neill Institute Associate 

Law's Power to Safeguard Global Health: LJD Week 2015
By: Mary DeBartolo, O'Neill Institute Associate

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Dear Students,

As the semester comes to a close, I want to applaud each and every one of you for your hard work in the program. You have come a long way, and I have already seen you grow. You have begun final exams, and as you go into them, I want to remind you to be proud of yourselves and your accomplishments thus far. You are well into the program and already have so much to offer! You’ll do great!

Also, I take this opportunity to wish our Global Health Law and International Institutions students well as they wrap up their studies here and prepare for their semester at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. It has been an utmost pleasure to work with you and get to know you during your time here. We will miss you greatly!

Finally, a special shout out to our graduating student Virginia Rowthorn. We are incredibly proud of you and can’t wait to see all that you will achieve!

I wish you all best of luck and a happy, safe, and restful holiday season!


O'Neill Institute

The value of a balanced diet. 

The worst thing you can do is to “go on a diet” especially if it is a fad and not evidence based. “Low fat” diets tend to be high in sugar, while “low sugar” diets can be high in trans and saturated fats. “Low carbs” diets may substitute with highly processed or cured meats. The “Paleo Diet” is particularly egregious—it’s heavy on meat and asks dieters to avoid healthy options such as legumes, low fat dairy, and whole grains. The best “diets” is the Mediterranean diet or the Dean Ornish diet, which ensure balanced nutrition including lean protein, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and healthy oils. 

My advice? Each day, make sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables as your mainstay; don’t skimp on lean protein from fish, chicken, soy, legumes, and low fat plain yogurt; and you can eat moderate amounts of whole grains and olive or canola oil. Avoid trans and saturated fat and added sugars from any source (including honey and other so-called healthy sugars). If you like alcohol, drink it sparingly, but the evidence is that overall alcohol is not part of a healthy diet. Now, do you think this kind of food is boring? Well, that’s where you're wrong. It’s so delicious and nutritious. You will see your health and energy soar!

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Elizabeth relocated to the United States from her native Nigeria in April of 1997 and became a United States citizen in October of 2003. In April 1998, Elizabeth was employed by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections as a Program Assistant, a position she held until August 2000 when she was admitted to study law at the Howard University School of Law in Washington D.C. where she graduated with a JD in May of 2003 and was admitted to the Maryland Bar. She was also admitted to the District of Columbia Bar in May of 2006. Elizabeth earned an LLM in Global Health law from the Georgetown Law Center in May of 2014.
Before joining the Independent Living (IL) Unit of the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) as a Program Management Analyst in October 2006, Elizabeth had worked as a volunteer advocate at the Center for Life Enrichment, a school for children with developmental disabilities in Washington D.C. Elizabeth has been involved in advocacy activities to improve opportunities for persons with disabilities in society.  She has attended, participated in, and made presentations at several conferences and workshops on issues concerning the rights of persons with disabilities.  She was the RSA project officer for the Independent Living for Older Individuals who are Blind program until July 2014 when the IL program was transferred to the Administration for Community Living at the U.S. Elizabeth is continuously contributing to ongoing global efforts to improve and increase access and participation in health care for individuals with disabilities in developing countries.


Lisa Heinzerling is Professor of Law at Georgetown University. Her specialties include environmental and natural resources law, administrative law, the economics of regulation, and food and drug law. From January 2009 to July 2009, Heinzerling served as Senior Climate Policy Counsel to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and then, from July 2009 to December 2010, she served as Associate Administrator of EPA's Office of Policy. In 2008, she served as a member of President Obama's EPA transition team.

While at Georgetown, Professor Heinzerling has continued to litigate cases in environmental law. Most prominently, she served as lead author of the winning briefs in Massachusetts v. EPA, in which the Supreme Court held that the Clean Air Act gives EPA the authority to regulate greenhouse gases. A 2009 survey of over 400 environmental lawyers and law professors ranked this case as the most significant case in all of environmental law.

Learn more about Professor Lisa Heinserling here


Xiaolei Fu

"I appreciate the opportunity to enroll in this program. The most impressive part is that we students have exclusive and individual guidance from the program. This month I talked to my mentors. They have different backgrounds and gave me very enlightening suggestions about my study and career development from their perspectives. I think the mentorship program is quite helpful especially for foreign-trained LL.M. students."

Elizabeth Turner

"It's impossible to turn on the television or listen to NPR without hearing a segment on health care these days.  Georgetown is the right place to pursue an LLM because so many of the professors have worked extensively in drafting policy, advising federal agencies, and partnering with other  leaders in the health care industry.  Their scope of knowledge  and experience is truly impressive.  It's great being in our nation's capital and learning from advocates who have their finger on the pulse of both domestic and global health law issues." 


LL.M. Student Rebecca Donsky reflects on ​October Food and Drug Law Symposium

"It has been a rewarding experience during my LL.M. program to serve as the Administrative Editor and Editorial Board Member of the Georgetown Law Food and Drug Law Journal.  I am grateful to work with a great Journal team.  For the first time the law journal collaborated with the Food and Drug Law Institute in DC and the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, and held a Food and Drug Law Symposium on October 30, 2015 at Georgetown University Law Center.  The Symposium was an amazing event with stimulating exchanges between legal leaders in the Food and Drug Law Industry concerning Constitutional Challenges to Food and Drug Law and Regulation.  I look forward to the start of a new tradition for the Food and Drug Law Journal at Georgetown University Law Center!"

Global Health Law Speed Networking Event
On December 1, students had the opportunity to get career advice from guest experts coming from HHS, USAID, UNAIDS, Kaiser Family Foundation, Public Health Institute, Center for Reproductive Rights, Hogan Lovells LLP, Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP, and the O'Neill Institute.

World Health Assembly (WHA) Simulation Exercise
On November 30, led by Professors John Monahan and Alexandra Phelan, students successfully simulated WHA negotiations on a Framework Convention for Alcohol Control as their final Global Health Law class. 

2015 Law, Justice, and Development Week
Students, including Kate Roberson (pictured here),  represented the LL.M. program and the O'Neill Institute at the World Bank's 2015 Law, Justice, and Development Week. 


2016 Annual CUGH Global Health Conference: Bridging to a Sustainable Future in Global Health

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National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Lead Analyst is considered a subject matter expert with advanced knowledge and experience in an area of specialization. Lead Analysts work on complex projects and provide strategic guidance and direction to NACCHO in their areas of expertise. Lead Analysts must have strong analytical, research, and writing skills and the ability to interface with the highest level of internal and external stakeholders. 

This position reports to the Director of the HIV, STI, and Viral Hepatitis program. 

Program Specific Information NACCHO’s HIV, STI, and Viral Hepatitis program aims to strengthen the capacity of local health departments to prevent, control, and manage HIV, STIs, and viral hepatitis by providing technical and capacity building assistance, developing and disseminating tools and resources, and facilitating information exchange, peer engagement, and learning. The program contributes to NACCHO’s overall mission to be a leader, partner, catalyst, and voice for local health departments and supports NACCHO’s work to advocate on behalf of local health departments with federal policymakers for adequate resources, appropriate public health legislation, and sensible policies to address the myriad of challenges facing communities.


Whitman-Walker Health (WWH)

Application Deadline: Open until filled 

The Public Policy Associate will work closely with WWH's Senior Director of Policy, and other WWH staff, to  develop and pursue  a public  policy  agenda  that  advances  WWH's  mission,  with particular emphasis on the health and wellness of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals and families;  persons  living  with  HIV;  and  others  in  our  diverse  urban  community  who  face  particular challenges  accessing  adequate  health  care.    
The Public Policy Associate will  be  responsible  for researching relevant literature and developing and maintaining a knowledge base to support advocacy efforts; researching and writing testimony, position papers, blog posts and articles on relevant subjects; participating in coalitions and partnerships with other advocacy organizations to advance specific issues; and assisting the Senior Director of Policy, and other key WWH staff, in meetings with policy decision­ makers and in legislative, administrative and judicial proceedings.

More information can be found here.  


Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Application Deadline: Open until filled 

Loyola University Chicago (LUC), School of Law invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position, at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor with expertise in health law, beginning in fall 2016. We seek a scholar-teacher whose substantive interests are in the areas of administrative law, healthcare regulation, corporate health law and/or food and drug/pharmaceutical law. The Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy is one of the most highly regarded health law programs in the country. For information about the Institute, please visit:
Teaching responsibilities shall include courses in the health law curriculum, as well as one first year J.D. course. Candidates for the position must clearly demonstrate the potential for excellence in research and teaching and have a record of (or clear potential for) distinguished scholarship.
The Beazley Institute has grown to offer one of the most comprehensive and respected health law programs in the country. The curriculum is designed with the input of leading health lawyers.

Truth Initiative (Formerly Legacy)

Application Deadline: Open until filled 

The part-time Research Assistant will work with the study PI and Project Coordinator to support a study funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse. This project examines the daily smoking patterns of smokers interested in trying e-cigarettes. Work schedule is flexible up to 20 hours per week and some weekend and weekday evening availability (5:30 pm - 8 pm) is required on an as-needed basis. Responsibilities include telephone screenings and participant monitoring, examination of interview transcripts, management of biosamples, and qualitative data management and analysis.

To stay updated on job opportunities, please visit our LL.M. JobBoard [password: llmoneill] 

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