2021 Health Law and Policy Summer Institute Faculty
Asha Scielzo serves as the Associate Director of AUWCL's Health Law and Policy Program and as an Adjunct Professor of Law. In this leadership role, Professor Scielzo assists with development of the health law and policy curriculum, recruitment of adjunct professors, expansion of health law externships, career counseling, career panels and other programming. She advises the student-led Health Law & Policy Brief and Health Law & Policy Students Association. She founded and manages the annual WCL National Health Law Writing Competition and directs the annual Health Law & Policy Summer Institute. Professor Scielzo brings over 15 years of large law firm practice experience to the law school. As a practitioner, she concentrated her practice on health care regulatory counseling, with expertise in fraud and abuse and reimbursement considerations and their impact on day-to-day operations, corporate compliance and governance, and transactions.
Sonali Gunawardhana is Chief Counsel- FDA & Regulatory Law at McKesson Corporation. In this role, Sonali provides regulatory legal support to McKesson’s businesses, including pharmaceutical private label products, 3PL, REMS programs, clinical research programs, pharmaceutical and medical device distribution. Previously, Sonali served as outside counsel to a myriad of pharmaceutical and medical device companies while in private practice at Wiley Rein LLP and Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP respectively. Prior to her tenure in private practice, Sonali served as Regulatory Counsel at the FDA for close to ten years. There she assisted on a variety of legal and policy issues in the following Centers: the Center for Devices and Radiological Health; the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research; and the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. Sonali received a BA from Syracuse University, a MA from Webster University, a MPH from Boston University, a JD from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and a LLM from Washington College of Law, American University.
As a former mental health practitioner, Julia Reiland provides a unique combination of legal and practical experience in the health care field. Drawing on this critical ground-level perspective, she counsels providers on state and federal regulatory compliance, including licensure, reimbursement, enrollment, HIPAA and state privacy, and participation issues. Julia also advises health care organizations on complex business collaborations and transactions, informed by her significant experience in antitrust, governance, and contracting matters. With a career concentration on Health Law and Bioethics, she has extensive experience with federal and state anti-kickback laws, the Stark physician self-referral law, and HIPAA. Prior to joining the firm as an associate, Julia clerked with the health law team at the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office and with a national health insurance company.
Stephanie Willis is a health care regulatory attorney in the Provider Operations Practice Group, in the Legal Department of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals / Health Plan. She advises health care facilities on general provider operation matters, with a focus on privacy and digital health/health IT regulatory issues. She is also involved in workgroups related to Kaiser’s overall health IT strategy development and policy advocacy. Stephanie’s began her career in health care law with positions at state and federal government agencies with jurisdiction over health care licensing and regulatory enforcement matters. After leaving the public sector, Stephanie spent nearly 10 years in the health care regulatory groups of two nationally ranked law firms, where she provided guidance to providers, payers, technology companies, and investors on a wide range of regulatory and policy advocacy matters involving the use of digital health and health IT tools, including telehealth licensure, scope of practice, coverage, and payment issues; developments in the oversight of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and clinical decision support software; compliance with recently finalized interoperability and information blocking regulations; participation in value-based care models; privacy/cybersecurity compliance and breach investigations; and fraud and abuse compliance with state and federal laws governing financial relationships. Stephanie’s approach to health care law and advocacy incorporates her strong commitment to using the law to advance the needs of diverse and underserved communities. Throughout her career, she has worked on pro bono projects that advance these goals, including for Federally Qualified Health Centers, free medical clinics, and non-profit organizations seeking to advance the needs of racial and ethnic minorities and the LGBTQI+ community.