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New England Law | Boston students receive law and public policy fellowships

Will work with top public policymakers this summer

(Boston Revised-4/8/13)  New England Law | Boston: Nicole Fink ’15 and Bryant G. Gaspard ’15 are among a select group of area law students chosen to work with top public policymakers this summer. The two Rappaport fellows will work on a legislative campaign for mental health rights and on public health law, respectively.

2013 Rappaport Fellows Nicole Fink ’15 and Bryant Gaspard ’15
The Rappaport Fellows Program in Law and Public Policy brings together gifted students from each of the six Boston-area law schools in ten-week, paid summer internships on issues that affect residents of Greater Boston and Massachusetts. The program exposes outstanding law students to the challenging complexities and powerful societal rewards of creating successful public policy.
Fink and Gaspard were chosen from among 85 applicants for twelve available positions.
Fink will work on a legislative campaign for mental health rights for the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee (MHLAC), an independent state agency of the Supreme Judicial Court.
“I have been committed to serving the public since high school,” noted Fink, whose master’s degree in social work focused on community organization and who has been involved with policy on state, federal, and international levels. “This fellowship ties into my future plans of working at an organization that combines both impact litigation and advocacy to further the rights of marginalized communities.”
Gaspard will be working in Intergovernmental Relations and Public Health Advocacy Office of the Boston Public Health Commission (BHPC). “The office’s mission is to promote a strong, effective advocacy voice and presence for public health policy at all levels of government,” he says, “and to accomplish BPHC strategies for good health and health equity through laws and regulations. I will be working on issues such as public health legislation, mental health, and other health policy initiatives.”
After law school, he plans to continue working in the area of public health, potentially on the implementation of the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare) and access to quality student and child healthcare.
The students acknowledge the encouragement of New England Law faculty in completing the fellowship application process and in interview preparation, in particular Associate Dean Judith Greenberg, Professor Caryn Mitchell-Munevar, and Natasha Varyani, faculty fellow, as well as Mandie LeBeau, director of Career Services Office.

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