Health & Elder Law Society
Landon Webster is a double-Illini and 2L at Illinois Law. Before returning to the University to pursue a law degree, Landon worked in pharmaceutical benefit management for six years. He recently spent a summer serving with the New York State Office of the Attorney General, focused on efforts to address the nation’s ongoing opioid crisis. Landon works as a research assistant to Professor Robin Fretwell Wilson and serves as Vice President of the Public Interest Law Foundation, Communications Director for the National Lawyers Guild and as an ex officio member of the Student Bar Association.
Alana Hart is a 2nd year law student and a proud member of HELS. She is also a law clerk at Meyer Capel PC, a board member on the Public Interest Law Foundation, and a research assistant for Professor Winship. Prior to law school, Alana completed a Fulbright Grant in Mar del Plata Argentina and graduated from the University of Chicago with a major in political science. Alana has previous work experience as a policy fellow within the Illinois Governor’s office, which focused on the implementation of the ACA. Alana hopes to pursue opportunities in healthcare law, both in and outside of the classroom.
Ashley graduated from Aurora University with a BA in Political Science. Following her undergraduate studies, she worked as an Account Manager for Change Healthcare, a company that supports insurance payers by auditing medical bills and recovering over-payments that occur as a result from incorrect or faulty billing practices. Ashley's time with Change Healthcare exposed her to one of the complex issues of the healthcare system, the relationships between providers and payers, ultimately attracting her interest to health law. Ashley is a 2L at the College of Law and continues to enjoy learning about the complex intricacies of health law.
Blair Engerman, a 2L at Illinois Law, developed a passion for health law while working for a medical simulation center. Since coming to Illinois Law, Blair has served as a research assistant to Professor Robin Wilson, Director of the Epstein Health Law and Policy Program, and she was selected to join Illinois’ Elder Law Journal.
Tessa Lancaster is a 2L at Illinois Law. For the two years prior, she worked as a project assistant at Sidley Austin LLP in their Healthcare group becoming particularly interested in the regulatory framework of the healthcare sphere. Now, Tessa is the Event Coordinator for HELS, the Fundraising Chair for Women’s Law Society, and is a member of the Illinois Law Review.
Matthew Dejewski is a 2L at The University of Illinois College of Law, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History, International Studies, and Political Science from Loyola University Chicago. During the summer of 2018, he worked at both the Dupage County Public Defender's Office and as a campaign advisor for Irfan4Forest. He is the current Vice President of the Energy and Environmental Law Society at the College of Law.
Danielle Aguilera is a 1L at the College of Law. She graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in June 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, and served as Vice President of her school’s Philosophy Club and Phi Sigma Tau Honor Society. She also completed a Clinical Ethics internship earlier this year at Pomona Valley Hospital. Danielle, along with her husband and 2 year old, moved to Illinois their new summer and are excited to make it their new home.
Ashley Chong is a 1L at Illinois Law. She is a 1L Rep for HELS and a volunteer coordinator for PILF. Prior to law school, she graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA in International Studies and interned with the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic, where she helped survivors of domestic violence file VAWA self-petitions and U-Visa immigration cases. She also worked as a client support specialist for an insurance broker targeting the Korean Medicare population. Ashley is particularly interested in health justice, when the law can be utilized to challenge health disparities, eliminate systemic barriers that limit universal access to health care, promote immigrant access to health care, and address the social determinants of health so that all can live a healthy life.
Madilyn Kuperman graduated in 2018 from The University of Michigan—Ann Arbor with a BA in International Studies and is currently a 1L at Illinois Law. As an undergraduate, she spent two summers interning with the San Diego office of Laughlin Falbo Levy & Moresi LLP, a worker’s compensation firm based in California. At Michigan, she actively volunteered with the Alzheimer’s Association and Brookhaven Manor Retirement Community. Through these experiences, Madilyn learned of the widespread elder abuse in todays’ society and became interested in elder law as a tool to remedy such abuses.
Brian A. Smith is a 1L law student at the University of Illinois College of Law. Prior to law school, Brian was a Fellow at the National Institutes of Health in the Sections on Neuroanatomy and Genetic Epidemiology, a Science Policy Intern with Research!America, and a Senior Associate with the Antibiotic Resistance Project at The Pew Charitable Trusts. Brian has a Master of Public Health and a Certificate in Bioethics and Health Policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience from Amherst College.