CHLPI Welcomes New Clinicians Katie Garfield and Carmel Shachar

The Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation welcomes new staff clinicians Katie Garfield and Carmel Shachar to the team.

K Mathis HeadshotKatie Garfield
Clinical Fellow in the Health Law and Policy Clinic

Katie joined the Harvard Law School Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation as a Clinical Fellow in September 2014. Katie earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School, cum laude, in 2011, where she served on the Board of Student Advisers. Katie is a licensed member of the Massachusetts bar.

Prior to joining the Center, Katie was an associate in the litigation department of Ropes & Gray LLP. While at Ropes & Gray, Katie worked on a variety of matters, including advising clients in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries on issues related to promotional practices, regulatory compliance, and anti-corruption laws. She also co-authored an article with her colleagues at Ropes & Gray regarding developments in the classification of Qualified Health Plans in Law360. Prior to joining Ropes & Gray, Katie spent a year working in the Housing Unit of Greater Boston Legal Services as part of the Ropes & Gray New Alternatives Program. At GBLS, she represented low-income families with dependent children who were seeking to gain or retain access to Emergency Assistance shelter benefits. Katie received a B.A. in English Language and Literature from Yale University, summa cum laude, in 2007 and an MPhil in Medieval Literature from the University of Cambridge in 2008.


Carmel Shachar HeadshotCarmel Shachar
Staff Attorney in the Health Law and Policy Clinic

Carmel joined the Harvard Law School Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation in September 2014. Carmel earned her J.D., cum laude, in 2010 from Harvard Law School and her M.P.H. in 2010 from the Harvard School of Public Health. She clerked for Judge Jacques L. Wiener, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit from 2010-2011. Carmel is a licensed member of the bars of the State of New York and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Prior to joining the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, Carmel was an associate in the health care group of Ropes & Gray LLP. She focused her practice in regulatory and compliance work, including advising client on topics such as data privacy and security, implementation of health care reform and public payer billing and reimbursement. Carmel has significant experience advising on managed care network construction, regulation and strategy for non-profit and for profit clients. She also served as temporary-in house counsel to a large medical device company. During her time at Ropes & Gray, she authored two articles on Medicaid premium assistance programs in Bloomberg BNA’s Health Care Policy Report, an article on the placement of laboratory staff in physician offices in G2 Intelligence and an overview of data privacy and security regulations for health insurance exchange entities in Bloomberg BNA’s Health IT Law & Industry Report.

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