The GW Law Kahan Health / FDA Law Fellowship launched during the 2020-2021 academic year through the generous philanthropy of attorney Jonathan Kahan. The fellowship offers unique career and academic opportunities for students interested in health law. There are currently six fellows with a demonstrated interest in health law (three second-year law students and three third-year law students) who work closely with Professor Sonia Suter to spearhead the Health Law Initiative throughout the academic year. In promoting the aims of the Initiative, Fellows help plan health law symposia, assist in coordinating a distinguished speaker series, facilitate networking events, curate the website, and serve as mentors to students interested in the field. Through these opportunities, the Fellowship fosters dialogue between students, faculty, and practitioners on contemporary and emerging issues in health law.
Jonathan Kahan is a partner at Hogan Lovells and former director of the firm’s Medical Device and Technology Practice. He presently serves as a member of the George Washington University President’s Leadership Advisory Council and he is also the general counsel of the Association of Medical Diagnostics Manufacturers. In 2020, Mr. Kahan funded the creation of GW’s Health Law Initiative directed by Sonia Suter, the Kahan Family Research Professor of Law. Mr. Kahan hopes the Health Law Initiative will inspire greater interest in health law among GW Law students and ultimately build a pipeline of practice-ready health care lawyers to fuel the burgeoning field.
Professor Sonia Suter is the Founding Director of the Health Law Initiative. In that capacity, she manages the Kahan Health/FDA Law Fellows and advises and supports students interested in health law. In addition, she leads the planning of the Distinguished Lecture series and symposia; establishes affiliate faculty relationships to support cross-disciplinary collaboration with the Schools of Public Health, Nursing, Medicine, and other parts of the GWU community; and works with both internal and external stakeholders to foster growth in health law at GW.
Sanchita is a 3L J.D. candidate at GW Law with a concentration in Health Law. Her previous experiences during law school include externing at the Department of Labor in its Occupational and Safety Health Division, working as a Student Attorney at the Rising for Justice Housing Advocacy and Litigation Clinic, and co-authoring a law review article. In addition to serving as a Kahan Health/FDA Law Fellow this year, Sanchita is a legal intern at PhRMA. She also annually volunteers at the Diversity Flexibility Alliance Conference. Prior to law school, Sanchita graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Neurobiology and she received a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Health Policy and Management from GW’s Milken Institute of Public Health. After law school, Sanchita is returning to Epstein, Becker, and Green, P.C.’s Healthcare and Life Sciences practice where she was a summer associate during her 1L and 2L summers.
Akosua Tuffuor is a 3L J.D. candidate, earning a Health Law Concentration. As an undergraduate, she majored in Spanish (with a Concentration in Medical Professions) and minored in Biology and Women’s Studies. During her time at GW, she served as the Director of Events and President of Student Health Law Association. Akosua held internships at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Whitman-Walker Health Legal Department, HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, and Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney. She is also a research assistant at the Department of Health Policy and Management at GW’s Milken School of Public Health.
Ellen Albritton is a 4L part-time J.D. candidate. During her time at GW Law, she has been a member of the Moot Court Board and The George Washington Law Review, and she has served as a Research and Writing Fellow, student tutor, and Student Bar Association mentor. She has also interned with the Hon. Patricia A. Millett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and with the domestic violence/family law unit at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, and she was a summer associate at Covington & Burling LLP. Prior to law school, Ellen worked in health care policy and advocacy in Washington D.C., including at NETWORK Lobby/Nuns on the Bus, AcademyHealth, and Families USA. She also has an Honors B.S. in public health from Saint Louis University. After law school, Ellen will be clerking for the Hon. Karen Schreier of the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota.
Ji Young Ahn is a 2L from Guam. She received her Bachelor of Science in public health studies at Johns Hopkins University in 2016. She is open-minded and interested in health and corporate law. For her 1L split summer, she worked at the D.C. Department of Health's Office of General Counsel as well as for Kim & Chang, an international law firm in Seoul, South Korea. She is currently working as a member and Guide staff for the International Law Review, a student attorney for the Vaccine Injury Litigation Clinic, and a Writing Fellow for the Writing Center throughout her second year. She is also the Director of Administrations for the Student Health Law Association.
Cathie Chen is a 2L from East Brunswick, NJ. After graduating from Georgetown University with a degree in International Health, Cathie worked at an EdTech startup focused on graduate medical education. At GW Law, she is the current Vice President of the Student Health Law Association, Alumni Development Chair of the ADR Board, a member of the Public Contract Law Journal, and a Writing Fellow. Cathie has worked as a judicial intern for the Honorable Jason Park in the Superior Court of DC and the Honorable Jonathan Biran in the Maryland Court of Appeals. She is interested in the intersection of health and technology and looks forward to expanding her knowledge of health law and policy.
Heather Skrabak is a 2L from Columbus, Ohio. After graduating from Boston University with a degree in public health and migration studies, Heather worked in health advocacy and policy. Before coming to GW Law, she worked at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, American Diabetes Association, the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations, and a health policy consulting firm. At GW Law, she is the reproductive health coordinator for the GW Law chapter of If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice and a member of the George Washington University Law Review. Heather has worked as an intern for the HHS Office of General Counsel, Civil Rights Division, a law clerk for the HHS Office of Counsel to the Inspector General, and a judicial intern for the Honorable Amit P. Mehta in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.