J.D., Georgia State University College of Law (2008)
B.A., Agnes Scott College.
Stacie Kershner (J.D. ’08), associate director for the Center for Law, Health and Society, manages new and ongoing center programs, projects, and activities, including overseeing educational programming; coordinating public relations activities; and developing grant opportunities. She also oversees the health law certificate program, providing student advisement and coordination with the health law program.
Prior to this position, Kershner served as an ORISE Fellow with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Public Health Law Program. She was responsible for researching, analyzing, and evaluating public health law in several areas including prevention of intentional and unintentional injuries, environmental health, and legal preparedness for public health emergencies.
Kershner designed and implemented nationwide training on best and promising practices in public health law for federal, state, and local public health officials and their legal counsel. She also facilitated work groups comprised of traditional public health partners and nontraditional partners in sectors such as education, transportation, the judiciary, corrections and law enforcement.
Kershner also provided legal technical assistance internally to subject matter experts across CDC. She has spoken to attorneys, judges, public health practitioners, and students on a variety of topics, including introduction to public health law, federal public health emergency law, mutual aid agreements, legal strategies for prescription drug overdose prevention, and teen dating violence prevention.
Before working at the CDC, Kershner was the project manager overseeing research at the Georgia State University Andrew Young School of Policy Studies collecting data on child welfare outcomes related to the Kenny A. v. Perdue consent decree in conjunction with the Division of Family and Children’s Services and court appointed compliance monitors. Kershner also worked as a paralegal with the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office where she investigated felonies such as white collar crime, fraud, theft, drug and obstruction, and prepared cases for presentation to grand jury and trial.
Kershner is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and serves as co-chair of the Advocates for Students with Disabilities Committee of the Young Lawyers Division. In 2010, she received the Award of Achievement for Outstanding Service to the Public from the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar.
Kershner holds a J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law and a B.A. in sociology/anthropology from Agnes Scott College. She lives in Atlanta with her husband Daniel, a graphic designer at CNN, and their two children Hollyn and Weston.