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Vol. 5 • Issue 2 • Spring 2012


Center for Law, Health & Society | Georgia State University College of Law s pecial issu e


In Tis Issue Law Alumni at CDC ...........................1 Director’s Message .............................2 JDs at CDC...........................................2 Office of General Counsel.................3 Public Health Law Program...............5 Law-Related Work ...............................6 Policy Work ...........................................7 Contract Work ......................................8 Benefits of CDC Employment ..........9 Finding a Job at CDC.........................11 Law School’s Impact...........................12 Liaison to CDC.....................................14 Future of Public Health ......................15


Center Briefings


Q A


Working to Promote the Public’s Health: Georgia State Law Alumni at CDC


Question: What is the common thread among over twenty Georgia State Law alumni who go to court, counsel clients, analyze policy initiatives and legislation, circulate global news, undertake scientific research, prosecute crimes, publish articles, educate non-lawyers about the law, develop new computer software, and consider how laws affect the well-being of everyone in our society – young and old alike?


Answer: They all work for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the federal government’s premier public health agency, which is headquartered in Atlanta.


Graduating from 1990 to 2011, they are all engaged in national and international efforts to prevent disease, injury, and death and improve people’s health.


These graduates’ diverse backgrounds and the varying nature of their work at CDC reflect the broad range of talents and interests that they brought to the College of Law as students. Despite their different job titles and work assignments, these Georgia State Law grads have a lot in common, from pride in their work to consensus on the benefits of CDC employment.


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FRONT ROW, L TO R: REBECCA POLINSKY (’07), HARRIET JETT (’99), MARK KASHDAN (’99), KIM DAMMERS (’97), SUDEVI GHOSH (’98), MIDDLE ROW, L TO R: DWIGHT WILLIAMS (’11), GAIL HORLICK (’90), BACK ROW, L TO R: JENNY SEWELL (’11), STACIE KERSHNER (’08), DONALD PRATHER (’11), LISA CAUCCI (’10), MEREDITH CARR (’10), SAMANTHA HARRYKIS- SOON (’07), NOT PICTURED: DONALD BENKEN (’97), ERIK BOEMANNS (’07), LINDSAY CULP (’10), ABIGAIL FERRELL (’11), SIOBHAN MARY GILCHRIST (’06), SHERRY EVERETT JONES (’03), SALVATORE LUCIDO (’04), CAROLINE LAGOY SIRHAL (’11)


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