Dionne Shuler ’14 was recently awarded the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Minority Summer Internship in Health Law. Established in 2011, the $5,000 internship seeks to “increase representation of lawyers and students from a diverse range of backgrounds in health law practice” and to “create a network that fosters greater diversity among health law attorneys throughout New York,” according to NYSBA.
Shuler will be interning for eight weeks in the General Counsel’s office at Continuum Health Partners, practicing in the areas of health and corporate law. “I am grateful for this award and excited about the internship opportunity at Continuum,” she said. “This is a great chance for me to get hands-on experience and insight into substantive business and legal matters that are affecting our nation’s health care system.”
Shuler became interested in health law following recent internships at Public Health Solutions, a nonprofit organization focused on disease prevention and improved community health, and at the Health Care Bureau of the Office of the New York State Attorney General. Professor Karen Porter, Executive Director of the Center for Health, Science, and Public Policy, encouraged Shuler to apply for the NYSBA opportunity. “Dionne’s demonstrated passion for the health care field and her commitment to public service make her a great match for the program,” said Professor Porter. “I know she will use this opportunity to its fullest—garnering practical experience and taking advantage of a wealth of opportunities for networking.”
Shuler’s resume boasts an impressive list of public service engagements. She has worked extensively with the Association of Legal Administrators to champion causes such as domestic violence, hunger, homelessness, and education. In addition, she has worked with the Council for Unity, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing violence in schools and communities. Her recent service with the Council included counseling disenfranchised children on the benefits of education and leadership to shape a successful future. Shuler said she often calls upon her own experiences with adversity and self-determination to connect with students, many of whose stories resemble her own.
Prior to law school, Shuler worked for over a decade—first in the public sector at the Department of Education, and more recently at the law firms of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, LLP and Davis Polk & Wardwell, LLP. At BLS, she is an active member of the Black Law Students Association and the Uncontested Divorce Program for the Brooklyn Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyers Project. She is also involved with the Health Law and Policy Association and the Legal Association for Women.
Shuler is the second BLS student to be awarded the NYSBA Minority Summer Internship in Health Law, following last year’s recipient, Trisha Singh ’13.