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Region Offices

The Network provides both local and national support through its National Office and five Regional Offices — Northern, Eastern, Mid-States, Southeastern and Western. We serve a community of people who are engaged in the important work of advancing health and health equity, as well as those interested in supporting and advocating for change. They look to us as thought leaders and experts in how to advance the nation’s health through law and policy.

Region Breakdown

The Network provides both local and national support through its National Office and five Regional Offices — Northern, Eastern, Mid-States, Southeastern and Western.

Western Region Office

The Western Region leads the legal technical assistance and research efforts for:
»    Emergency Legal Preparedness and Response
»    Immunization

State Breakdown

»    Alaska
»    Arizona
»    California
»    Colorado
»    Hawaii
»    Nevada
»    New Mexico
»    Oregon
»    Texas
»    Utah
»    Washington

Western Region Law & Policy Experts

Region Director/Principal Investigator

James G. Hodge, Jr.

Senior Consultant

Leila Barraza

Senior Consultant

Sarah Wetter

Senior Attorney

Jennifer Piatt

Region Director/Principal Investigator

James G. Hodge, Jr.

James G. Hodge, Jr., J.D., LL.M., is the director of the Network’s Western Region Office. He is the Peter Kiewit Foundation Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Public Health Law and Policy, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University. Through scholarship, teaching, and projects, Professor Hodge delves into multiple areas of health law, public health law, global health law, ethics, and human rights. He has published more than 200 articles in journals of law, medicine, public health and bioethics; 2 books in public health law (including Public Health Law in a Nutshell (3rd ed. 2018); 25 book chapters; dozens of reports; and guest edited 4 symposium issues.

He is listed among the Top 20 Most-Cited Health Law Scholars in Web of Science (2013-2017) and is regularly ranked among the top 3% of all downloaded authors in the Social Science Research Network (SSRN). The recipient of the 2006 Henrik L. Blum Award for Excellence in Health Policy from the American Public Health Association, Professor Hodge has drafted (with others) several public health law reform initiatives including the Model State Emergency Health Powers Act. His diverse, funded projects include work on (1) emergency legal preparedness; (2) health impact assessments; (3) health information privacy; and (4) vaccination laws and policies.

Senior Consultant

Leila Barraza

Leila Barraza, J.D., M.P.H., is an Assistant Professor in Community, Environment & Policy at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona, and a Senior Consultant for the Western Region of the Network for Public Health Law.  Her research interests include studying the impact of laws and regulations on population health, both nationally and globally.  Previously, Professor Barraza served as Deputy Director of the Network for Public Health Law – Western Region Office and a Fellow and Adjunct Professor in the Public Health Law and Policy Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University.  She has been published in several scholarly journals, including the JAMA, American Journal of Public Health, Public Health Reports, Preventing Chronic Disease, Cancer, Duke Forum for Law & Social ChangeJurimetrics JournalAnnals of Health Law, and Journal for Law, Medicine, and Ethics.  Professor Barraza instructs a public health law course for public health and law students, and she has also provided numerous presentations at national and local conferences on a variety of critical public health law issues.  She received her J.D., with a Certificate in Law, Science, and Technology, from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and her M.P.H. from the Zuckerman College of Public Health.  She also received a B.A. in Biological Sciences from the University of Southern California.  Professor Barraza worked for the Center for Rural Health (formerly Rural Health Office) at the Zuckerman College of Public Health, providing assistance to rural and tribal hospitals and clinics, prior to attending law school.  Following law school, Professor Barraza served as a Law Clerk for the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One.

Senior Consultant

Sarah Wetter

Sarah Wetter, JD, MPH is a Senior Consultant with the Network for Public Health Law. She also serves as a Fellow with the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University. She holds a JD from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University (ASU), and her MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Sarah has previously worked with the Center for Health and Homeland Security at the University of Maryland. In this role, she consulted with state and local health departments on preparing for disasters and emergencies via law and policy. She has also worked as a Research Scholar with ASU’s Center for Public Health Law and Policy, and a staff attorney with the Network for Public Health Law. In these roles, she helped provide technical legal assistance to state and local policymakers seeking to implement evidence-based strategies to improve public health. She has published numerous articles on public health law topics including emergency preparedness, food and nutrition, and preemption.

Senior Attorney

Jennifer Piatt

Jennifer Piatt, JD, (“Jen”) is a Senior Attorney with the Network for Public Health Law. She also serves as a Research Scholar with the Center for Public Health Law and Policy at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. She earned her JD at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University in the spring of 2018.
As a law student, Jen worked with the Center for Public Health Law and Policy and the Network for Public Health Law as a student research assistant. In these roles, Jen provided drafting assistance and co-authored articles on a range of topics in the public health law sphere. Post-graduation, Jen served as a law clerk to Vice Chief Justice Ann A. Scott Timmer of the Arizona Supreme Court. In this position, Jen provided research and drafting assistance and prepared bench memos for cases granted review. Following her clerkship, Jen worked in private practice as a pharmacy regulatory attorney at Quarles & Brady LLP, in the firm’s Phoenix, Arizona office. In this role, Jen advised multiple clients on pharmacy and drug wholesale compliance and regulatory issues, provided contract drafting assistance, assisted with state pharmacy and wholesale licensing, and assisted clients going before state boards of pharmacy.

Northern Region Office

The Northern Region leads the legal technical assistance and research efforts for:
»    Mental Health and Well-Being
»    Rural Health Equity
»    Climate Resilience

State Breakdown

»    Idaho
»    Iowa
»    Minnesota
»    Montana
»    North Dakota
»    South Dakota
»    Wisconsin
»    Wyoming

Northern Region Law & Policy Experts

Region Director

Jill Krueger

Sr. Staff Attorney

Betsy Lawton

Staff Attorney

April Shaw

Region Director

Jill Krueger

Jill Krueger, J.D. serves as the director of the Network’s Northern Region. Her current work involves climate adaptation and mitigation, the Farm Bill and agricultural policy, rural health, oral health, literacy, and mental health promotion in school and community settings. Before joining the Network in 2010, Jill was a senior staff attorney at Farmers’ Legal Action Group, where she analyzed the role of the Farm Bill in the production and distribution of healthy foods; advocated for the integrity of the National Organic Program, and provided education and advocacy to improve federal disaster assistance to farmers. She also served as an assistant attorney general in the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office. She graduated with high distinction and Order of the Coif from the University of Iowa College of Law and from Earlham College. Jill serves on the board of the Seward Community Co-op in Minneapolis, whose mission includes sustaining a healthy community.

Sr. Staff Attorney

Betsy Lawton

Betsy Lawton is a senior staff attorney at the Network’s Northern Region Office, where she provides legal technical assistance, delivers presentations and lectures, and builds connections in many areas of public health law. Before joining the Network, Betsy spent over a decade working to improve water quality as an attorney with Midwest Environmental Advocates (MEA) and the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA), where she focused on Clean Water Act implementation and enforcement, reducing agricultural pollution, and preventing drinking water contamination, and represented a broad range of individuals and communities facing water pollution problems. Betsy received her JD, and a Certificate of Environmental Law, from the University of Wisconsin Law School, and her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame.

Staff Attorney

April Shaw

Dr. April Shaw is a staff attorney at the Network’s Northern Region Office. She previously served as a Research Scholar at the Center for Public Health Law & Policy at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and as a staff attorney for the Network’s Western Region. She has worked as an attorney at the Project on Predatory Student Lending at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School and, prior to that, as a senior law clerk at the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One. Before entering the legal field, April was a lecturer in the Philosophy Department at Texas A&M University. April received her J.D. with distinction from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law in 2015. She earned her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2010, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Women & Gender Studies. Her research interests include gender justice, racial justice, and reproductive rights. Her article on how state statutes prohibiting race- and sex-selective abortions employ longstanding racial stereotypes to place greater, and unwarranted, scrutiny on women of color who exercise their reproductive rights won the Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights Law.

Mid-States Region Office

The Mid-States Region leads the legal technical assistance and research efforts for:
»     Health Information Data Sharing
»     Public Health Statutes and Regulatory Information

State Breakdown

»     Illinois
»     Indiana
»     Kansas
»     Kentucky
»     Michigan
»     Missouri
»     Nebraska
»     Ohio
»     Pennsylvania

Mid-States Region Law & Policy Experts

Region Co-Director

Denise Chrysler

Region Co-Director

Peter D. Jacobson

Deputy Director

Jennifer Bernstein

Deputy Director

Colleen Healy Boufides

Deputy Director

Sallie Milam

Senior Attorney

Carrie Waggoner

Region Co-Director

Denise Chrysler

Denise Chrysler, J.D., serves as director of the Network’s Mid-States Region Office. She also serves on her local board of health (Ingham County, Michigan), Michigan Governor’s Public Health Advisory Council, and the National Committee for Vital and Health Statistics, and co-chairs the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists’ Public Health Law Subcommittee.

Before joining the Network, for 27 years, Denise provided legal services to Michigan’s state health department regarding communicable disease, immunization, environmental public health, public health research, privacy, health information exchange, and emergency legal preparedness and response. She served as the state health department’s public health legal director, privacy officer, freedom of information coordinator, regulatory affairs officer, and member of the IRB. She also represented the health department as an assistant attorney general.

Denise is the recipient of the Roy J. Manty Distinguished Service Award for her contributions to public health in Michigan and the Frank J. Kelley Award for Excellence for successful efforts to protect mammograms and medical records of some 200,000 patients in Southeast Michigan that were abandoned by a bankrupt health care provider.

Denise graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1980. She is admitted to practice before both state and federal courts in Michigan.

Region Co-Director

Peter D. Jacobson

Peter D. Jacobson, J.D., M.P.H., is co-director of the Network’s Mid-States Region Office and Professor Emeritus of Health Law and Policy, and Director, at the Center for Law, Ethics, and Health, at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, where he taught courses on health law, public health law, and public health policy. Professor Jacobson served on the Board of Health for the Washtenaw County (Michigan) Health Department. Previous Board Memberships include the National Center for Healthcare Leadership and Heluna Health. He is the principal investigator for the Mid-States Region of the Network for Public Health Law, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program.

Professor Jacobson’s most recent research included a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation project examining the implementation of health in all policies programs, and a de Beaumont Foundation funded project examining the legal issues that contributed to the Flint Water Crisis. Jacobson’s previous public health systems research projects included health departments’ strategic adaptations, public health entrepreneurship, and the U.S. Surgeon General’s vital mission. His books include Law and the Health System (co-authored—Foundation Press, 2014), youth tobacco control, breast cancer, and the role of the courts in shaping health policy.

From 2010-2016, Professor Jacobson was the Associate Editor for Health Law and Public Health at the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. From 2010-2012, he served as President of the Public Health Law Association, and was Chair of the Advisory Committee to AcademyHealth’s Public Health Systems Research Interest Group from 2009-2010. In 2016, Jacobson received a lifetime achievement award from the APHA’s Health Law Section, and in 2017, he received the Distinguished Health Law Professor Award from the Association of Law, Medicine, and Ethics.

Deputy Director

Jennifer Bernstein

Jennifer Bernstein, J.D., M.P.H., is a deputy director with the Network’s Mid-States Region Office. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Women’s Studies and a Certificate in LGBT Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her Juris Doctor and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of Iowa in 2009. During graduate school, Jennifer was a research assistant at the National Health Law and Policy Resource Center. She conducted a multi-state survey of laws related to nursing homes civil monetary penalties for noncompliance and researched the effectiveness of the Medicare and Medicaid nursing home survey process. She also interned at the District of Columbia Primary Care Association, drafting a model state plan amendment for D.C. aimed at expanding language access services for Medicaid patients. Upon graduation, Jennifer was admitted to the Texas State Bar. She accepted the Hogg Foundation Mental Health Policy Fellowship working for Lutheran Social Services of the South in Austin, Texas. She worked during the 82nd Texas Legislative Session advocating for the expansion of trauma informed care throughout the state. She also volunteered as a pro bono attorney for Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, representing low income victims of domestic violence.

Deputy Director

Colleen Healy Boufides

Colleen Healy Boufides, J.D., is a deputy director with the Network’s Mid-States Region Office. Her current work focuses on public health legal authority and decision-making; collaboration between medical-legal partnerships (MLP) and public health, particularly as it facilitates translating individual legal challenges into population-level legal interventions; laws supporting the community health worker profession; and legal issues relating to environmental health and climate change. Prior to joining the Network, Colleen worked at the Michigan Primary Care Association where she focused on policy and operational issues affecting Michigan’s federally qualified health centers. Before that, she worked as a commercial litigation associate for a large Michigan-based law firm and supported local nonprofit organizations as a board member and by providing pro bono legal assistance.

In 2019, Colleen was included in the de Beaumont Foundation’s list of 40 under 40 in Public Health and she received the American Public Health Association Law Section’s Early Career Award for Excellence in Public Health Law. Colleen received her law degree from the Duke University School of Law and her Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University – the Barrett Honors College, where she studied psychology and global health. Colleen is a member of the state bar of Michigan.

Deputy Director

Sallie Milam

Sallie Milam, JD, CIPP/US/G, is a deputy director of the Network’s Mid-States Region Office. Sallie has practiced law for over 25 years primarily in the health, HIPAA and general privacy areas. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional, with U.S. and government privacy certifications. She has extensive experience in working with state agencies on data related issues. From 2003 to 2018, Sallie served as West Virginia’s chief privacy officer and led the executive branch’s privacy program. Previously, Sallie facilitated data sharing through her service as the West Virginia Health Care Authority’s privacy officer and as HIPAA senior legal counsel, where she led HIPAA privacy implementation across the West Virginia executive branch. Additionally, she was the first executive director of the West Virginia Health Information Network, which is West Virginia’s statewide health information exchange, and was West Virginia’s project director for its Nationwide Health Information Network contract.

Senior Attorney

Carrie Waggoner

Carrie Waggoner is a senior attorney with the Mid-State’s Region of the Network for Public Health Law. In her role, Carrie focuses on data, privacy, and general public health authority issues. Prior to joining the Network, Carrie worked in the legal administration at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). Carrie held a variety of roles at MDHHS, most recently as the Director of the Public Health Legal Division where she led teams providing legal support on public health, privacy, and FOIA-related matters. Carrie is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Law and has been licensed to practice law in Michigan since 2011.   

Southeastern Region Office

The Southeastern Region leads the legal technical assistance and research efforts for:
»     Drug Overdose Prevention and Harm Reduction
»     Health Reform
»     Maternal and Child Health
»     Public Health Agency Structure, Organization and Accreditation
»     Messaging

State Breakdown

»     Alabama
»     American Samoa
»     Arkansas
»     Florida
»     Georgia
»     Guam
»     Louisiana
»     Mississippi
»     North Carolina
»     Northern Mariana Islands
»     Oklahoma
»     Puerto Rico
»     South Carolina
»     Tennessee
»     U.S. Virgin Islands
»     Virginia

Southeastern Region Law & Policy Experts

Region Director

Gene Matthews

Deputy Director

Corey Davis

Deputy Director

Dawn Hunter

Managing Attorney

Sarah Somers

Sr. Attorney

Jane Perkins

Sr. Attorney

Amy Lieberman

Region Director

Gene Matthews

Gene W. Matthews, J.D., is director of the Network’s Southeastern Region Office. He also serves as a senior investigator at the North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH) at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health. Gene previously served as chief legal advisor to CDC in Atlanta from 1979 to 2004, directing a legal staff that grew to 30 persons. During that 25-year span, he handled a wide range of precedent-setting public health law issues and litigated key public health lawsuits and civil discovery cases. Over the past decade, Gene has provided leadership for the founding and development of the modern public health law movement. As a senior fellow at NCIPH, Gene led a national public/private partnership initiative, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, designed to develop common legal preparedness agendas regarding liability laws during emergencies. Gene currently conducts legal research and provides technical assistance to public health practitioners on many legal topics. He also teaches courses on leadership in health law and ethics for the UNC Doctoral Program in Health Leadership. Gene is widely published and is frequently called upon to lecture on cutting-edge legal issues such as emergency preparedness; federalism; and future trends in public health leadership. Gene received the Distinguished Career Award of the Public Health Law Association “…in recognition of a career devoted to using law to improve the public’s health.” He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law and is a member of the North Carolina Bar.

Deputy Director

Corey Davis

Corey Davis, J.D., M.S.P.H., is deputy director of the Network’s Southeastern Region Office and the Director of the Harm Reduction Legal Project. Before joining NHeLP Corey served as Employment Rights Attorney at Equality Advocates Pennsylvania where he represented lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals before administrative commissions and in state and federal courts. Prior to joining Equality Advocates, Corey oversaw a street-based legal clinic sited at Philadelphia’s syringe exchange program. In both of these positions he provided direct legal representation as well as education, outreach and strategic advocacy.

Corey has also worked for the North Carolina Institute of Medicine, the University of Pennsylvania and the Drug Control and Access to Medicines Consortium in both research and management capacities. He is the recipient of the International AIDS Society’s Young Investigator Award, given for empirical research on the effect of law and law enforcement practice on access to an evidence-based public health intervention, and has published in the lay and academic press. Corey received his B.S. from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, his M.S.P.H. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his J.D. from Temple University. Corey is barred in Pennsylvania and New Jersey as well as various federal courts.
View a collection of research, resources and trainings produced by Corey below.

Deputy Director

Dawn Hunter

Dawn M. Hunter, JD, MPH is a Deputy Director with the Network’s Southeastern Region.  Prior to joining the Network, she served in a variety of roles focused on public health, policy, and health equity.  Dawn has worked in state public health at the New Mexico Department of Health, where she started as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Visiting Attorney in Public Health Law through the Network.  She also served as Director of Health Equity, Policy Director, and Deputy Cabinet Secretary.  During her tenure, she led a variety of initiatives to address health system innovation, and some of her core responsibilities included managing the Department’s legislative and policy activities as well as strategic planning, performance management, and public health accreditation.

Dawn started her career in child protective services in Hillsborough County, Florida.  She later transitioned into research and development as a microbiologist at the University of South Florida, Center for Biological Defense, with a focus on rapid detection methods for food and waterborne pathogens.  Dawn is Certified in Public Health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. She received her A.B. in English Literature from Princeton University, her B.S. in Microbiology and her M.P.H. in Global Communicable Disease from the University of South Florida, and her J.D. from Stetson University College of Law.

Managing Attorney

Sarah Somers

Sarah Somers, J.D., M.P.H., is a managing attorney at the Network’s Southeastern Region Office and at the National Health Law Program’s (NHeLP) Chapel Hill office. She specializes in litigation and litigation support, and has expertise in Medicaid and disability issues. Sarah has provided training and analysis to advocates on issues related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Medicaid; the Americans with Disabilities Act; and other publicly-funded health care programs. She engages in research, writing and training on these and other issues. Before joining the Network and NHeLP, Sarah worked for DNA—People’s Legal Services and the Native American Protection and Advocacy Project on the Navajo Nation, where she represented children in special education and Medicaid cases. Sarah received her J.D. from the University of Michigan, her M.P.H. from the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, and her B.A. from Wellesley College. She is a member of the state bars of North Carolina; California; and Utah (inactive) and admitted to the First; Third; Fourth, Fifth, Sixth; and Ninth Circuit Federal Courts of Appeal.

Sr. Attorney

Jane Perkins

Jane Perkins, J.D., M.P.H., is a senior attorney at the Network’s Southeastern Region Office and is legal director at the National Health Law Program (NHeLP), a public interest law firm working to improve health access and health care for vulnerable populations. Prior to her current positions with the Network and NHeLP, Jane was an assistant attorney general in the State of Maryland, assigned to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and an associate in the health care division of a San Francisco area law firm. At NHeLP, Jane focuses on publicly funded health insurance programs, children’s health, and disability and civil rights. She has authored and co-authored many publications on these topics. She has served as principal or co-principal investigator for numerous projects, involving among other subjects: Making the Consumers’ Voice Heard in Medicaid Managed Care; Court Access for Low Income People; Early Intervention Services for Medicaid-eligible Children; and Sunshine and Accountability in Government-Funded Health Programs. Jane has provided technical and consulting support to health advocates in all 50 states and has provided national and state-based training, including on-site training in 32 states and the District of Columbia. She has engaged in extensive litigation and policy advocacy on behalf of low income people, people with disabilities, and children. Jane earned her M.P.H. from the University of California, Berkeley; her J.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and her B.A. from Davidson College. She is admitted to the state bars of California, Maryland (inactive) and North Carolina; all of the federal circuit courts of appeal; and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Sr. Attorney

Amy Lieberman

Amy Judd Lieberman, J.D., is a senior attorney with the Harm Reduction Legal Project. Before joining the Project, Amy worked briefly in litigation after a fellowship with the National Health Law Program (NHeLP) working on critical issues related to the opioid epidemic and promoting harm reduction practices, specifically in the communities served by Medicaid and Medi-cal. While in law school, she was the president of the Law Students for Sensible Drug Policy chapter, spearheading efforts to educate law students and the community on humane drug policy and harm reduction. She was also an advocate on the Jessup International Moot Court team and a research editor for the UC Irvine Law Review, and she received awards for her pro bono work and her work in the International Justice Clinic, supporting the mandate of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression. Amy received her B.F.A from New York University and her J.D. from the University of California, Irvine School of Law.  She is barred in California and the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Eastern Region Office

The Eastern Region leads the legal technical assistance and research efforts for:
»     Injury Prevention and Safety
»     Environmental Public Health
»     Food Safety

State Breakdown

»     Connecticut
»     Delaware
»     District of Columbia
»     Maine
»     Maryland
»     Massachusetts
»     New Jersey
»     New York
»     New Hampshire
»     Rhode Island
»     Vermont
»     West Virgina

Eastern Region Law & Policy Experts

Region Director

Kathleen Hoke

Associate Director

Mathew R. Swinburne

Deputy Director

Kerri McGowan Lowrey

Sr. Staff Attorney

Brooke Torton

Chief of Staff

Megan Griest

Region Director

Kathleen Hoke

As director of the Network’s Eastern Region Office, Kathleen Hoke, J.D., draws on her many years of experience as director of the Legal Resource Center for Public Health Policy at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, a position she continues to hold. Since 2002, Kathleen has directed the Center, working with state and local health officials and legislators on developing and implementing tobacco control, problem gambling, and injury prevention policy. Kathleen’s work in injury prevention has focused on Maryland state and local policies, including legislation requiring all vehicle occupants to wear a seatbelt, encouraging the State’s Medicaid program to cover special needs carseats for medically fragile children, and pedestrian safety.

With the Network, Kathleen covers myriad issues, including injury prevention, environmental law, healthy affordable housing, regulation of cannabis, food security, and immigration and public health. Kathleen is widely published in peer-review and legal journals; her articles cover issues ranging from nursing scope of practice laws to novel approaches to securing access to HepC treatments.

In 2018, Kathleen was appointed by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to serve on the Maryland State Council on Cancer Control, and in 2019, she was appointed by Maryland Comptroller Franchot to the E-FACTS Task Force. She has served on work groups of the Maryland General Assembly and is part of the Interprofessional Education team and the CARES Committee on the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus.

In 2016, the APHA Law Section awarded Kathleen the Jennifer Robbins Award for the Practice of Public Health Law. Kathleen is a Law School Professor at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, teaching public health law courses, including a Clinic through which students contribute to the work of the Network and the Center. Prior to joining the School of Law, Kathleen was an assistant attorney general in Maryland, an associate at Piper & Marbury (now DLA Piper) and a law clerk to the Honorable Lawrence F. Rodowsky on the Maryland Court of Appeals.

Associate Director

Mathew R. Swinburne

Mathew R. Swinburne, J.D., is associate director of the Network’s Eastern Region Office. Mathew has 10 years of experience in public health law and policy.  His work currently focuses on issues of food safety and security, injury prevention, chronic disease, environmental health, and cannabis policy.

Mathew was a Leadership Scholar at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where he graduated Order of the Coif and magna cum laude in 2008. While at law school, he worked as a judicial intern for the Honorable Richard S. Bernhardt of the Circuit Court for Howard County and as a summer associate for Venable LLP. Mathew also participated in the law school’s Tobacco Control Clinic, advocating for state legislation regarding the tax rate of little cigars. After law school, Mathew worked as a commercial litigation associate for Venable. After leaving Venable, Mathew served as a law and policy analyst at the Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS). At CHHS, Mathew worked on cyber-security issues, emergency response resource gap analysis, and public health emergency response programs. Mathew is admitted to practice law in Maryland.

Prior to attending law school, Mathew worked for the American Red Cross in Montgomery County, Maryland. During his tenure, he served as the Director of Volunteer Services, Director of Health and Safety Services, and Interim Executive Director. As a member of the Red Cross, Mathew also participated in the 9/11, D.C. Sniper, and Hurricane Isabel disaster relief operations.

Deputy Director

Kerri McGowan Lowrey

Kerri McGowan Lowrey, J.D., M.P.H., is deputy director of the Network’s Eastern Region Office. She has over 15 years of experience in health law and policy research, primary and secondary legal and legislative analysis, and empirical legal and legislative research. Much of her recent work centers on law and policy addressing concussions and other injuries in youth sports. Her areas of research have also included the role of law in cancer prevention, particularly in the area of obesity prevention; health disparities and social determinants of health; the use of epidemiological evidence in courts; and legal and ethical implications of emerging technologies. Kerri is a member of the bar of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. Her specialized training includes a four-year term as a cancer prevention fellow within the NCI’s Office of Preventive Oncology, where she assisted in developing the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Ethics Track. Prior to joining the Network for Public Health Law, Kerri served as technical vice president and manager of the Center for Health Policy and Legislative Analysis at the MayaTech Corporation in Silver Spring, MD. Kerri received a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1999, an M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2001 and A.B. in public policy and American institutions from Brown University in 1996.

Sr. Staff Attorney

Brooke Torton

Brooke Torton, JD, is a Senior Staff Attorney at the Network’s Eastern Region Office and the Deputy Director for the Legal Resource Center for Public Health Policy (LRC). At LRC, Brooke develops toolkits and policy papers on specific issues, drafts legislation, conducts in-person and virtual training sessions for public health professionals, and generally supports the development of public health law. She also supervises students enrolled in the Clinical Law Program working on public health law projects, students working as externs for the LRC or the Network and research assistants for the two centers.

Brooke graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.A. in Psychology in 2009. In 2012, she graduated from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where she served as Co-President of the Maryland Public Interest Law Project (MPILP) and Executive Symposium Editor for the Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class. Subsequent to graduation and prior to her employment with the network, Brooke worked as a judicial law clerk followed by three years of litigation in criminal and domestic law.

Chief of Staff

Megan Griest

Megan Griest, M.P.P., is the Chief of Staff with the Network for Public Health Law – Eastern Region based at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Megan provides important oversight of Eastern Region operations, including fiscal and grant management, compliance, and reporting; tracking, evaluation, and reporting of Eastern Region activities and deliverables; planning and implementation of all Eastern Region conferences, symposia, and other events;  and assures easy communication between and among involved faculty and students and external contacts. Additionally, Megan is the Chief of Staff for Legal Resource Center for Public Health Policy at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law. Megan holds a BA in political science from Susquehanna University and a MPP in Health Policy from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.