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Fellows in Health Law & Policy and Family Law & Policy Present Research 

Health Law & Policy Fellows and Marsha Garrison Family Law & Policy Fellows presented the findings of their major research projects and resulting papers to the Law School community and friends on April 8. The centerpiece of the year-long fellowships, these research projects focus on a legal or policy issue in their respective fields and are conducted under the mentorship of faculty members or professionals. 

Fellows, mentors, and friends were welcomed to the presentations by Professor Karen Porter, Arthur Pinto & Stephen Bohlen Associate Dean of Inclusion & Diversity and Executive Director of the Center for Health, Science and Public Policy, and Professor Marsha Garrison, 1901 Distinguished Research Professor of Law, who congratulated the students for pursuing their research projects and for their commitment and dedication. They also thanked this year’s mentors, Professors Cynthia Godsoe; Susan Hazeldean; Prianka Nair, and Frank Pasquale

The five Health Law & Policy Fellows offered an impressive range of research. Caraline G. Mikkelsen ’23, who has been actively involved in the Disability Advocacy Law School Association (DALSA), among other student organizations, presented her work on expanding disability-based exemptions to the Covid-19 vaccination. Michael L. Cederblom ’22, a founding member and Co-President of the Antitrust and Competition Law Association and a Notes Editor for the Brooklyn Law Review, offered his work on a philosophical approach to pandemic public health responses. Shoshana Finkel ’23, a Delegate to the Health Law and Policy Association and Alumni Committee Co-Chair to the Brooklyn Law Students for the Public Interest, compared and contrasted COVID-19 reactive and proactive regulatory guidance among long-term care facilities and state Intellectual and Developmental Disability agencies. Hasan Tariq ’22, a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, who currently works at Community Mediation Services, presented policy recommendations for improving artificial intelligence in healthcare with data from underrepresented groups. Leisa Rockelein ’23, who serves on the executive boards of the Family Law & Policy Association, the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, and the Cannabis Law Association, focused on how law schools and the ABA can better meet disabled students' needs, with a focus on the process of receiving and implementing accommodations.

Family Law & Policy Fellow presentations included Rosaleen Maresco ’23, a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Honor Society and a recent winner of the NYSBA Mediation Competition, who focused on domestic violence survivors who flee from their violent partners with their children to the United States, from a foreign country, and how the Hague Convention of 1980 and its Codified law in the United States, the International Child Abduction Remedies Act (ICARA) affect those individuals. Nicolle Feldman ’23, who works with Sanctuary for Families as their Brooklyn Law School Student Coordinator for the Uncontested Divorce Project and is a Moot Court Honor Society member, presented work on the development and use of the concept of Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) in child custody proceedings.

At the conclusion of the presentations and a Q&A session, Dean Porter and Professor Garrison once more applauded the Fellows for their research and invited students from the Law School community to explore Fellowships and to connect with the current Fellows to discuss their experiences. 

See abstracts from Health Law & Policy Fellows here

See abstracts from Marsha Garrison Family Law & Policy Fellows here.