Robert Greenwald, Faculty Director, Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation; Clinical Professor of Law
Emily Broad Leib, Clinical Professor of Law; Faculty Director of the Food Law and Policy Clinic; Deputy Director of the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation
Esther Akwii, Clinical Fellow, Food Law and Policy Clinic
Ariel Ardura, Clinical Fellow, Food Law and Policy Clinic
Joseph Beckmann, Clinical Fellow, Food Law and Policy Clinic
Kevin Costello, Litigation Director; Associate Director, Health Care Access; Clinical Instructor on Law in the Health Law and Policy Clinic
Sarah Downer, Associate Director, Whole Person Care and Senior Clinical Instructor on Law in the Health Law and Policy Clinic
Kat Eutsler, Senior Finance and Grants Administrator
Katie Garfield, Clinical Instructor in the Health Law and Policy Clinic
Laura Johnston, Administrative Director
Aiza Khan, Staff Assistant, Faculty Assistant to Robert Greenwald and Emily Broad Leib
Rachel Landauer, Clinical Fellow in the Health Law and Policy Clinic
Amy Rosenberg, Senior Clinical Instructor in the Health Law and Policy Clinic; Lecturer on Law
Kyra Sanborn, Advancement Officer; Press and Media Contact
Emma Scott, Clinical Instructor in the Food Law and Policy Clinic
Melissa Shapiro, Clinical Instructor in the Food Law and Policy Clinic
Kristin Sukys, Policy Analyst in the Health Law and Policy Clinic
Phil Waters, Staff Attorney in the Health Law and Policy Clinic
Faculty Director, Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation; Clinical Professor of Law
To contact Professor Greenwald, please email Aiza Khan, his faculty assistant.
Robert Greenwald is a Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the Faculty Director of the Law School’s Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation. In addition to teaching seminars in health and public health law and policy, for over 25 years Robert has been engaged in state and national research, policy development and advocacy to expand access to high-quality healthcare, reduce health disparities, and promote more equitable and effective healthcare systems.
Robert serves as co-chair of the Chronic Illness & Disability Partnership and the HIV Health Care Access Working Group. From 2000-2006 Robert served as a member of the President’s Advisory Council on AIDS and as co-chair of its Access to Care Sub-committee. Robert has also served as a consultant to the Health Resources Services Administration and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Community Advisory Board.
Emily Broad Leib
Clinical Professor of Law; Faculty Director of the Food Law and Policy Clinic; Deputy Director of the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation
To contact Professor Broad Leib, please email Aiza Khan, her faculty assistant.
Emily M. Broad Leib is a Clinical Professor of Law, Faculty Director of the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic, and Deputy Director of the Harvard Law School Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation. As founder of the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic, Emily launched the first law school clinic in the nation devoted to providing clients with legal and policy solutions to address the health, economic, and environmental challenges facing our food system. Emily focuses her scholarship, teaching, and practice on finding solutions to today’s biggest food system issues. She has published scholarly articles in the Wisconsin Law Review, the Harvard Law & Policy Review, the Food & Drug Law Journal, and the Journal of Food Law & Policy, among others. She was named to 2016’s list of Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink. The list, released by Fortune and Food & Wine, highlights women who had the most transformative impact in the last year on what the public eats and drinks. Her groundbreaking work on food waste has been covered in such media outlets as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, The Guardian, TIME, Politico, and the Washington Post. Emily has appeared on CBS This Morning, CNN, The Today Show, and MSNBC to discuss the clinic’s efforts to reduce food waste.
Broad Leib founded the Academy of Food Law and Policy, and from 2016-2019, served as Founding Co-Chair of the Academy’s Board of Trustees. She is also the faculty supervisor for the Harvard Mississippi Delta Project and Harvard Food Law Society. Prior to joining the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, Emily spent two years in Clarksdale, Mississippi as the Joint Harvard Law School/Mississippi State University Delta Fellow, serving as Director of the Delta Directions Consortium. In that role, she worked with community members and outside partners to design and implement programmatic and policy interventions on a range of health and economic issues in the region, with a focus on the food system. Emily received her B.A. in American History from Columbia University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School, cum laude. She is a licensed member of the bar of the State of New York.
Esther Akwii joined the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic in September 2020 as a Clinical Fellow.
Before joining the FLPC, Esther worked at the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) at Vermont Law School, where she conducted research on wide-ranging food system topics and taught a course on the law and policy of local food systems.
Esther also worked at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome, Italy, and has experience working with farmers on the right to food, land tenure, climate change, and natural resource governance.
Esther received her Master of Laws in Food and Agriculture Law, with distinction from Vermont Law School in 2020. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre, a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degree from Makerere University, and a Diploma in Law (First Class) from the Law Development Centre (UG).
Clinical Fellow, Food Law and Policy Clinic
Ariel joined the Food Law and Policy Clinic in September 2019 as a Clinical Fellow. She received her JD in 2019 from Georgetown University Law Center, where she gained a range of experience in food and health law and policy through internships with the DC Food Policy Director, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, and as the Emily Spitzer Intern for the National Health Law Program. She also worked as a student attorney on the Health & Food Team of Georgetown’s Public Policy Clinic and as a research assistant for Georgetown’s Health Justice Alliance. Ariel got to know FLPC as a summer intern there and later as a research assistant for the clinic. During law school, she was president of Georgetown’s Food Law Society and Projects Chair for the National Food Law Student Network.
Prior to law school, Ariel worked for an organization that helps schools implement food recovery programs. She received a Bachelor of Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia in 2013.
Joseph Beckmann joined the Food Law and Policy Clinic in August 2020 as a Clinical Fellow. He received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago in 2011, a Certificate in Entrepreneurship from the Wisconsin School of Business in 2020, and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2020.
Prior to joining the clinic, Joseph provided legal services to start-ups and mid-sized businesses in the food, beverage, and agriculture industries. As a Summer Law Clerk with a leading Food and Beverage-focused law firm in Wisconsin, Joseph helped draft proposed statutory revisions on policies surrounding contract manufacturing of various alcoholic beverages. He also assisted companies in their incorporation as Certified B Corporations and their intellectual property protection. As a Regulatory Affairs Specialist with a Colorado-based CBD manufacturer, Joseph provided critical legal research on the developing regulatory landscape of the cannabusiness industry. Joseph also served as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Jesse G. Reyes of the Illinois Court of Appeals.
In law school, Joseph was the President of the Student Bar Association and the Jewish Law Student Association, was the Diversity Committee Chair and a Managing Editor for the Wisconsin Law Review, and was a member of both the Latinx Law Student Association and the Wisconsin Moot Court Team. He also was inducted into the Pro Bono Society with an Award of Distinction. Joseph is a current member of the Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association, the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, and the Hispanic National Bar Association. He is a licensed member of the State Bar of Wisconsin.
Litigation Director; Associate Director, Health Care Access; Clinical Instructor on Law in the Health Law and Policy Clinic
Kevin Costello is the Senior Associate Director of the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation and directs the Center’s litigation efforts. Prior to coming to CHLPI, Kevin was in private practice for eight years, most recently as a principal at Klein Kavanagh Costello, LLP. Kevin’s practice involved complex litigation in the fields of housing, health care, civil rights, antitrust and consumer law. He has been appointed by federal courts across the country to represent classes in Multi-District Litigation, as well as in nationwide class action litigation. Kevin has brought lawsuits against major banks for broken promises arising from the federal government’s Home Affordable Modification Program, challenged the broadcast blackout restrictions of Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League and fought against the practices of law firms and banks in Massachusetts that improperly foreclosed on financially vulnerable homeowners. Kevin was also part of the team that litigated a series of cases uncovering systemic racial discrimination in the mortgage lending field. Prior to entering private practice, Kevin was a staff attorney at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, helping seniors navigate the health care system. In this role, he fought to ensure that his low-income clients were treated fairly in the roll-out of the Medicare prescription drug benefit and litigated to enforce their rights in various public benefit and health care systems.
Mr. Costello is an honors graduate of both Boston College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He served as law clerk to both the Hon. Joseph H. Rodriguez of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and the Hon. Francis X. Spina of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
Associate Director, Whole Person Care and Clinical Instructor on Law in the Health Law and Policy Clinic
Sarah Downer is a Clinical Instructor at the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School and directs the Center’s Whole Person Care Initiative, which seeks to improve care for underserved individuals at every point of interaction with the healthcare system. She works with clients and partners to nurture innovations in healthcare delivery and financing, scale successful interventions, convene powerful coalitions, translate emerging research into comprehensive and compelling resources for policy-makers, and to explore the short and long-term implications of healthcare trends. Ms. Downer also leads the Center’s Social Determinants of Health Law Lab, a special project dedicated to analyzing novel legal issues that arise when the healthcare system interacts with patients in new ways. Ms. Downer has a BA from Harvard College and JD from Harvard Law School.
Senior Finance and Grants Administrator
Kat joined the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School in May 2014 as the Development Consultant and is now the Senior Finance and Grants Administrator. Kat graduated in May 2014 with a Masters of Science degree from Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, focusing on Food Policy and Applied Nutrition and specializing in Economics and Politics of Food and Agriculture. During graduate school, Kat interned at CHLPI working on food law and policy issues. She was a contributing author for two of CHLPI’s pinnacle food policy toolkits.
Before graduate school, Kat was Director of Sales for her family business in Philadelphia, PA, a food brokerage company, where she managed 1 of the 5 wholesale manufacturers that the company represents and fostered new connections, resulting in significant growth of the business. She is experienced in successfully managing hundreds of buyer accounts, along with cultivating new relationships.
In both Philadelphia and Boston, Kat actively volunteered at several community-based nonprofit organizations that focus on issues surrounding nutrition, food, farming, justice, and health. It was through her years of volunteer work that she became interested in development work and funding strategies for nonprofit organizations. Using her background in sales and her passion and expertise in food and health policy issues, Kat collaborates with the Center’s directors, clinical instructors, and fellows to secure financial support for the Center and to foster positive, long-term relationships with foundations, corporations, individual donors, and government agencies.
Clinical Instructor in the Health Law and Policy Clinic
Katie is a Clinical Instructor at the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School. Katie joined the Center in 2014 and currently focuses her work on the Center’s whole-person care initiatives, including the Center’s Food is Medicine project. In her work on these initiatives, she has had the opportunity to work with community-based organizations, state agencies, health care providers, and coalitions to develop strategies to increase access to innovative services such as Food is Medicine interventions. Prior to joining the Center, Katie was an associate at Ropes & Gray LLP. She is a licensed member of the Massachusetts Bar.
Laura Johnston joined the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation in August 2012 and supports the Center’s clinics, policy research, communications, and community outreach projects. Laura previously worked at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, a Harvard university-wide center for research and practice, where she contributed to the Center’s international research and managed the Center’s communications and student engagement programs. She was also an ombudsman for the Harvard Kennedy School and trained by the International Ombudsman Association. Earlier in her career she built potable water systems and latrines in the rural highlands of Bolivia as a Peace Corps Volunteer, and supported social entrepreneurs around the world in both the Andean Region office and international headquarters of the organization Ashoka. Laura received B.A. degrees in Spanish and Psychology from Tufts University and an Ed.M. in Mind, Brain, and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Staff Assistant, Faculty Assistant to Robert Greenwald and Emily Broad Leib
Aiza joined the Harvard Law School Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation in September 2019.
Aiza received her B.S. in Communication Studies from Emerson College in 2016. At school she had two focuses in Leadership & Management and Psychology. Prior to arriving at Harvard, Aiza managed business operations at a healthcare practice and a biopharmaceutical company. She is passionate about supporting organizations that improve health outcomes among disadvantaged populations.
Clinical Fellow, Health Law and Policy Clinic
Rachel joined the Harvard Law School Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation in July 2018 as a Clinical Fellow in the Health Law and Policy Clinic.
Rachel graduated from UCLA School of Law in May 2016 as a member of the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy, and with a Master of Public Health degree from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. During law school, she worked with projects and organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union’s Reproductive Freedom Project, the National Health Law Program, and the Los Angeles HIV Law & Policy Project, and co-chaired UCLA’s Health Law Society. Immediately prior to joining the Center, Rachel was an associate at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, focusing on health care regulatory and compliance matters.
Senior Clinical Instructor in the Health Law and Policy Clinic
Amy Rosenberg is currently Associate Director of the Health Law and Policy Clinic at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School, a neighborhood legal aid office that is also a teaching clinic for law students. She has worked on HIV-related issues since 1991, directly representing clients in disability, insurance, estate planning and guardianship matters, as well advocating on systems-level law and policy issues that affect people living with HIV/AIDS. From 1995-2001, Amy was the senior policy and legal analyst at AIDS Action Committee in Boston, New England’s largest AIDS service organization. She then worked as an independent consultant for a number of clients, including state and federal agencies, universities, and non-profits. Amy graduated from Harvard College in 1986 and from Harvard Law School in 1993.
Advancement Officer, Press and Media Contact
Kyra joined the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation as an Advancement Consultant in August 2019. Currently serving as Advancement Officer, Kyra supports the Center’s development and strategic communication efforts, including all press and media requests.
Prior to joining the Center, Kyra served as Grants Administrator for Philadelphia Health Partnership (PHP), a foundation focused on increasing health equity and addressing the social determinants of health through the integration and coordination of care and services. At PHP, Kyra managed the grantmaking process, assisted with the development and launch of a five-year strategic plan, and supported communication efforts both internally and externally. Kyra has worked with several other organizations in various capacities, including as a grant report writer for Keystone Development Partnership’s union apprenticeship programs, as a volunteer for National Street Service’s efforts to make streets more human-centered, and as a foreign English teacher at schools in Thailand, Vietnam, and Colombia. Kyra received her B.A. in Communications from Temple University, and a certificate in ascending leadership from Bryn Mawr’s Graduate College of Social Work and Social Research.
Clinical Instructor in the Food Law and Policy Clinic
Emma Scott joined the Food Law and Policy Clinic in August 2019 as a Clinical Instructor. Her work currently focuses on FLPC’s Sustainable and Equitable Food Production Initiative and the Clinic’s ongoing projects in the Mississippi Delta.
Prior to joining FLPC, Emma served as a Justice Catalyst Fellow at California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation in the Labor and Civil Rights Litigation Unit. At CRLAF, Emma’s practice focused on group representation of workers from immigrant communities in employment and labor litigation, with an emphasis on farmworkers and the H-2A visa program. Emma got to know FLPC as an HLS student through the Food Law and Policy Seminar, attending FLPC sponsored conferences, and serving as a Research Assistant to Prof. Emily Broad Leib. Emma received her B.S. in Social Sciences, with a concentration in Cross-Cultural Studies and International Development, from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, in 2010. She graduated from Harvard Law School, cum laude, in 2016. She then served as a law clerk to the Hon. John A. Mendez of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California from September 2016 to August 2018, assuming the position and responsibilities of Senior Law Clerk in her second year. She is a licensed member of the California Bar.
Clinical Instructor in the Food Law and Policy Clinic
Melissa joined the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic in July 2019 as a Clinical Instructor.
Immediately prior to coming to FLPC, Melissa served as a consultant to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, working with the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food to increase the visibility of the right to food mandate, and as an Attorney-Advisor with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of General Counsel. Melissa received her J.D. and Master of Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School in 2016, where she led the Food and Agricultural Law Society and worked with Hunger Free Vermont as a Schweitzer Fellow. Melissa received her B.A. in Human Ecology from Middlebury College in 2013. She is a licensed member of the bar of the State of New York.
Policy Analyst in the Health Law and Policy Clinic
Kristin joined the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation at Harvard Law School as Project Consultant in August 2018 leading the GIS analysis for the Massachusetts Food is Medicine State Plan and is currently a Policy Analyst working on HLPC’s whole-person care initiatives.
Kristin graduated in May 2018 with a Masters of Science degree in Agriculture, Food, and Environment from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. Specializing in community food systems and public health, her work focused on the intersection of our health care and food systems. Prior to graduate school, she received a B.A. in International Relations specializing in Environmental Issues from Virginia Tech.
Phil Waters, J.D.
Staff Attorney in the Health Law and Policy Clinic
Phil joined the Harvard Law School Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation in October 2016 as a Clinical Fellow.
Phil received his J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law, and is an active member of the North Carolina State Bar. During law school, Phil pursued various experiential opportunities in health law and public interest, including working as a summer associate with the National Health Law Program and serving as an extern for Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Medical-Legal Partnership. While at UNC, Phil worked for three years as a volunteer Healthcare Navigator and oversaw training and coordination of volunteer navigators from UNC with Legal Aid of North Carolina.
Prior to law school, Phil received a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC.