The Health Law & Policy Advisory Council is comprised of prominent WCL alumni in the health law and policy community.
Joel L. Michaels (Chair)
Partner, McDermott Will & Emery
Joel L. Michaels is a partner in the international law firm of McDermott, Will and Emery LLP and is the partner in charge of the firm's Washington, D.C. Health Industry Advisory Group. In this role, he works with health plans, health insurers, and health maintenance organizations on federal regulatory issues affecting health care coverage and health care delivery including the requirements under the Affordable Care Act. He is also an adjunct professor at AUWCL.
Associate, Epstein Becker and Green
Ebunola Aniyikaiye, JD, MBA, MPP, is an associate at Epstein Becker and Green in the Health Care & Life Sciences practice, in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, where she focuses on government investigations, legislation and policy developments, and health care transactions and business.
Christine M. Clements is a partner Crowell & Moring, LLP's Health Care Group. She focuses her practice on federal health care government contract programs, with particular focus on the Medicare Advantage Program, the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit, the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, Medicaid managed care, and the Medicare and Medicaid Financial Alignment Demonstration. Christine also counsels health plan and other clients on Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy and security issues. She advises clients on permitted uses and disclosures under HIPAA and security breaches, negotiates business associate and limited data set agreements, and assists clients with other HIPAA compliance issues.
Shawn L. Fultz
Special Projects Coordinator, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Tobacco Products
Shawn Fultz, MD, JD, MPH, works for the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), in the Office of the Center Director where he serves as the Economic and Special Projects Branch Chief. In this role, he oversees CTP's economics team, the administrative appeals staff, and staff tracking progress on strategic priorities. He also serves as a liaison between legal and scientific experts for the development of tobacco product standards and other regulations.
Mary Beth Giblin
Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Mary Elizabeth (“Mary Beth”) Giblin is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, where she is responsible for managing the D.C. legal office and for providing counsel to the company’s Strategic Business Units and Technical and Operational Support Services. In addition, she provides guidance on corporate governance matters and manages litigation brought against the corporations.
Katherine Jett Hayes
Director, Health Policy, Bipartisan Policy Center
Katherine Jett Hayes is the director of health policy at Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC). In this role, she leads BPC’s health care initiatives in the areas of Medicare, Medicaid, private health insurance, delivery system reform, long-term services and supports, and advanced care. She also directs policy initiatives including topic selection, research, stakeholder engagement, development of policy options, negotiation of policy recommendations, and reports and collaborates with BPC’s 501(c)(4) lobbying organization to advance recommendations with federal policymakers. Prior to joining BPC, Hayes was an associate research professor in the department of health policy at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.
Ashley Hudson is an Associate Attorney in Liles Parker’s Washington, DC office where she focuses her practice on regulatory health care compliance matters. As a Certified Medical Compliance Officer, Ashley helps clients implement effective compliance programs and provides counsel on mandatory state and industry-specific policies and procedures. Ashley also has experience researching Anti-Kickback, Stark, and False Claims Act issues presented by alleged tangible gifts and monetary exchanges in a large federal health care fraud investigation.
John R. Jacob
Partner, Akin Gump LLP
John R. Jacob is the leader of Akin Gump’s health law practice, and a member of its regulatory practice steering committee. Mr. Jacob represents multihospital health care systems, major academic medical centers, device manufacturers, and health technology companies. He has extensive experience in counseling, compliance, reimbursement and litigation regarding Medicare and Medicaid regulatory and policy matters.
Corrine Propas Parver
Former WCL Practitioner-in-Residence and Founder, Health Law and Policy Project
Corrine Propas Parver retired as a partner with Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky in 2004 and then launched AUWCL’s Health Law and Policy Project, Health Law Summer Institute, and Health Law and Policy Specialization for the Law and Government LL.M. Program. She is a member of the Holy Cross Health and HCH Foundation Boards and Women Lawyers on Guard. Ms. Parver received AUWCL’s Women and the Law Leadership Award in 2012.
General Counsel, URAC
Houeida Saad serves as General Counsel with URAC. In this role, she is the organization’s point person on issues involving contracts, regulatory compliance, risk assessment, and general legal support. She ensures that URAC’s over 30 accreditation products and its programming comply with federal and state law as well as the laws of the District of Columbia. She also serves as a policy expert on insurance and other health policy issues, and teaches health law as an adjunct professor of law at AUWCL.
Associate Chief Counsel, Food and Drug Administration
Jennifer Schwartz is Associate Chief Counsel, Food and Drug Administration.
Attorney, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the General Counsel
Jeff J. Wurzburg is an attorney with the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the General Counsel, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Division. Jeff provides advice to CMS on a variety of program review matters related to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, including regulations, guidance, and litigation. He also advises on the development and testing of innovative health care payment and service delivery models.