The health law program at Georgia State University College of Law has consistently ranked number one in the country, this year taking first place according to US News & World Report. The program continues to expand, most recently with the announcement of the health law scholarship endowment.
The scholarship was created and funded by distinguished university professor and law professor Leslie Wolf, and supported by members of the Health Law Advisory Board, faculty and alumni. The award of a scholarship to an incoming law student is a distinct honor in recognition of their experience and potential.
Dr Abayomi Jones was selected as the inaugural recipient of the inaugural scholarship. Jones is a medical doctor and was executive director of student health and counseling services at California State University at East Bay and a former lieutenant commander of the United States Coast Guard.
“We are thrilled with this scholarship, which allows us to bring talented candidates interested in health law to Georgia State Law,” Erin Fuse Brown, Catherine C. Henson Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Law, Health and Society noted. “Dr. Jones’ experience as a physician and her interest in health law, policy and social justice make her an ideal partner for our program and will allow her to bring a unique perspective to the room. class.
Jones said learning that she had been chosen for the health law scholarship reaffirmed her decision to pursue health law at Georgia State College of Law.
“I think this will absolutely motivate me on my trip to stay focused, do my best and get involved as it is an honor to receive this scholarship,” Jones said.
Jones has a passion for politics and sees a connection between his work in health and his community. Her hope is that by earning a law degree, she can have an impact on the systems in place that affect a person’s health beyond their physical well-being.
“The original goal I had when I became a doctor was to help people, so I want to be able to use any modality I can to do it,” she said. “There are other factors that contribute to the health of a community or an individual and I think understanding the laws and policies in place to have these conversations will help me achieve this goal. “
The scholarship helps fund the student’s first year of schooling and graduate research assistant positions for the student’s second and third years of law school. This allows the scholar the opportunity to work alongside health law faculty members, do research in their area of interest, or work with the Center for Law, Health & Society on various initiatives.
Written by Mara Thompson