February 14, 2012
By Leah Murphy, 1L
ATLANTA -The Student Health Law Association (SHLA) and the Career Services Office kicked off the spring semester by co-sponsoring a health law career panel. The panel included three distinguished GSU Law alumni, representing private, non-profit, and government sectors of health law.
The panel members included Mr. Jason Bring, a partner at Arnall Golden Gregory LLP in the Healthcare and Litigation Practice Group, Ms. Samantha Johnson, Associate General Counsel for Grady Health System, and Ms. Marsha Hopkins, the Deputy Commissioners for the Georgia Department of Human Services. All three panelists introduced themselves and described their various responsibilities and experiences working in different health law sectors.
During the question and answer period that followed, the panelists stressed the importance of student work experience and suggested that students look beyond law firms for other opportunities that may be available in hospitals, government agencies, and non-profits.
"Having all three speakers stress the importance of work experience helped me to understand the importance in finding a summer job," first-year student Alex Joslin said. "I enjoyed learning about the different career paths that are out there in health law. Hearing the panelists’ different experiences made me realize just how diverse the health law field really is."
The panelists also provided interview tips for students. The key points they mentioned included: dressing conservatively and professionally, having a thoroughly edited resume, and researching your interviewers prior to meeting them.
"From a practical perspective, this was one of the most helpful events I’ve attended this semester," Joslin said. "The panelists gave students applicable advice and helpful hints that I will definitely be using during my job search process."
A video of the program may be viewed here.
Leah N. Murphy
Georgia State University College of Law
Juris Doctor Candidate, expected May 2014