Working Group Coordinators & Authors

Group 1: Disabilities

Robert Dinerstein is professor of law, director of the clinical program (1988-96 and 2008-present), and director of the Disability Rights Law Clinic (2005-present) at AU’s Washington College of Law, where he has taught since 1983. He was the law school’s associate dean for academic affairs from 1997-2004. He specializes in the fields of clinical education and disability law, especially mental disabilities law (including issues of consent/choice, capacity and guardianship), the Americans with Disabilities Act, Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act, legal representation of clients with mental disabilities, the interaction between disability and the criminal justice system, and disability and international human rights.

Dinerstein was appointed by President Clinton in 1994 to serve on the President’s Committee on Mental Retardation (on which he served until 2001). He has consulted for the World Health Organization regarding the revision of mental health laws in Ghana and Malawi, and was a signatory to the Montreal Declaration on Intellectual Disabilities, adopted in Montreal, Canada in October 2004. Prior to joining AU, Dinerstein worked as an attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section, where he handled federal court cases on the rights of people institutionalized in mental hospitals, institutions for people with intellectual disabilities (mental retardation) and juvenile institutions, prisons, and jails. In addition to the Disability Rights Law Clinic, which he founded (and which handles special education, admission/commitment of people with intellectual disabilities, guardianship, ADA, and other cases), he teaches a seminar on law and disability and has taught interviewing and counseling, legal ethics, the supervised externship seminar, and the criminal justice clinic (which he directed from 1989-1995).

Dinerstein is actively involved in organizations related to legal education nationally. He is a member of the Council of the American Bar Association Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, and previously was on the section’s Standards Review Committee. He has been a member of over 15 ABA-AALS joint site inspection teams, chairing two teams. Within the Association of American Law Schools, he has, among other things, chaired the section on clinical legal education, committee on clinical legal education, committee on sections and the annual meeting, and the planning committee for the 2006 clinical teachers’ conference (and has been a member of a number of other planning committees). He currently serves as chair-elect of the AALS section on law and mental disability as well as the secretary of the section on disability law. Previously, he served on the association’s Membership Review Committee

Dr. Vásquez is Venezuelan, and studied medicine at the University Centro Occidental “Lisandro Alvarado” in Barquisimeto. After working as a general practitioner, Dr Vásquez did his graduate studies in Public Health Administration with a specialty in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and in the Management of Human Resources in the area of Occupational Health. For several years he held various positions within the Ministry of Health, including Hospital Director, District Health Chief, State Health Director, Coordinator of the National Rehabilitation Program, and Deputy Assistant to the General Director of the Ministry of Health. Dr Vásquez is an active member of the Latin American Medical Association of Rehabilitation (AMLAR) and the International Commission on Technology and Accessibility (ICTA-LA) as well as other national organizations.

Over the years, Dr Vásquez has worked as a consultant to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to develop rehabilitation projects in Central America. Currently, Dr. Vásquez is PAHO’s Regional Adviser on Rehabilitation and works in close collaboration with partner organizations across the region to strengthen rehabilitation programs and promote policies related to disability

Background paper prepared by: Gary Norman, Esq., LL.M.
Gary C. Norman, Esq., LL.M. is an attorney who works in federal healthcare reimbursement appeals, is a collateral duty federal mediator, and is, in his capacity as a Civil Rights Commissioner on the Maryland Commission for Civil Rights, an arbitrator.  He is the Co-founder with Joshua L. Friedman, Esq., M.B.A., of the Mid-Atlantic Lyceum (an organization dedicated to fostering public dialogue), and its new law and public policy journal, the Mid-Atlantic J. on L. & Pub. Policy.  Gary, his wife, and his two dogs (an active guide dog, and a retired guide dog) reside in Baltimore, Maryland.

Group 2:Women and Adolescent Girls’ Health—Maternal Mortality and Morbidity

Daniela Kraiem is the Associate Director of the Women and the Law Program and a Practitioner-in-Residence at American University Washington College of Law. Daniela works with the students, faculty and staff of the Washington College of Law incorporate gender into all aspects of legal education. She plans academic conferences on various subjects in the area of feminist jurisprudence (including in recent years meetings addressing Comparative Family Law, IP/Gender, Human Trafficking, and Prosecuting Sexual and Gender-based Crimes Before International/ized Criminal Tribunals). She coordinates grant-funded projects, including the Gender Jurisprudence Database Project (with the War Crimes Research Office). She collaborates with student groups to plan events on current issues in gender and law, works with the Academic Dean’s office to support the Washington College of Law’s comprehensive gender and law curriculum, and advises the students enrolled in the Gender and Law specializations in Washington College of Law’s two LLM programs.

Prior to joining the Washington College of Law, she represented labor unions and workers as an Associate at the law firm of McCarthy, Johnson and Miller in San Francisco. She was also a Staff Attorney at the Child Care Law Center, where she specialized in early childhood education workforce development, supporting women-owned small businesses, and increasing the availability of high quality child care for all children.

Her current research interests include the political economy of long term care for the elderly and persons with disabilities, child care, and gender and legal education.

Dr. Maddaleno is a pediatrician specializing in adolescence. Following receipt of her medical degree from the University of Chile, she completed postgraduate training in pediatrics. She also holds a master’s degree in public health from The George Washington University. From 1986 to 1995, Dr. Maddaleno directed the Adolescent and Youth Program in Peñalolen, Chile, and, until 1996, served as assistant professor in pediatrics at her alma mater, where she was also a member of the Curricula Development and Research Advisory Group. From 1992 to 1994, Dr. Maddaleno directed the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Project to Promote Comprehensive Services for Children and Adolescents in the Eastern Metropolitan Area of Santiago, and from 1994 to 1996 was an advisor to the Chilean National Adolescent Health Program. From 1999 until April 2004, she served as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Global Health at The George Washington University.

Since 1996, she has served as Regional Advisor in Adolescent and Youth Health and Development for the Pan American Health Organization. In this role, she has overseen the provision of technical cooperation to Latin America and the Caribbean designed to enable governments to develop integrated national programs and services in adolescent health, including strengthening institutional capacity and increasing opportunities for professional training in adolescent public health. During her time at PAHO, Dr. Maddaleno has been an outspoken advocate for youth policy development within and outside the Organization, and she and the PAHO adolescent health team have successfully promoted fundraising and resource mobilization at the national and regional levels. In 2001, she was the recipient of an International Association for Adolescent Health Founders’ Award for excellence in the field. Dr. Maddaleno is the proud mother of two late adolescents.

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Jeryl Hayes, Esq., is completing her Masters of Law degree in Law and Government at American University Washington College of Law, with a concentration in Civil and Constitutional Rights and a specialization in Gender and the Law.  She received her JD from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law in 2011, where she served as Student Body President, President of Law Students for Reproductive Justice, Executive Board Member for the Student Bar Association (President and Social Chair), Executive Board Member for the Women’s Law Caucus (Auction Chair), Black Law Students Association, and a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters.  Her passion is using the law to protect women’s health, particularly reproductive health.  She loves traveling, cooking, and singing.

Susana Gómez is recipient of the Women’s Health and Human Rights in the Western Scholarship. While participating in the Legal Studies program, Ms. Gomez is intern at Pan American Health Organization. She graduated from Universidad Dr. Jose Matías Delgado in San Salvador, El Salvador. Throughout her studies, she served in a number of pro bono jobs in the human right field, like medical campaigns held in rural areas in El Salvador. She is legal consultant of Central American Foundation for Rural Education Development (CAFRED).  She also has worked as a law clerk for Interlegal Abogados, a law firm that specializes in judicial and corporate issues.

Group 3: Gender Identities

Macarena Sáez is a Fellow in the International Legal Studies Program and teaches at WCL in the areas of Comparative Law and Comparative Family Law. Her main areas of research are gender discrimination in Latin America, and comparative family law. Since 2008 Macarena coordinates the Network of Latin American Scholars on Gender, Sexuality and Legal Education ALAS, providing trainings and publications to law professors in Latin America on mainstreaming gender and sexuality perspectives in legal education.

Until May 2010, Professor Sáez was WCL’s International Programs Coordinator. Among other tasks, in that capacity she was responsible of implementing and directing WCL’s international JD dual degree programs, and negotiating and drafting memoranda of agreement with foreign law schools. Before coming to WCL Macarena was a faculty member at the University of Chile Law School where she taught jurisprudence and worked actively in law school’s curriculum reform. She has also taught feminist jurisprudence at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law, as well as in other institutions in Latin America. She is often invited by the Supreme Court of Mexico’s gender unit to lecture on women’s rights.



Human Rights Law Advisor, Pan American Health Organization

Mr. Javier Vasquez advises PAHO’s Member States in collaboration with its Representation offices on international human rights issues and strategies to improve the right to the highest attainable standard of health and other related human rights; on the formulation/review of national public health laws, polices, practices; and to structure public health services consistent with international human rights treaties and standards.  Serve as the WHO focal point for human rights initiatives in the Americas in collaboration with WHO Headquarters (Geneva).  He has officially conducted activities of technical collaboration and officially visited up to date 28 countries of PAHO/WHO. Previously, as a staff attorney for the IACHR, Mr. Vasquez personally handled the first decision issued by the Inter-American System regarding violations to the human rights and fundamental freedoms of a person with a mental disability known as “the case of Victor Congo” which interpreted the American Convention on Human Rights in a manner consistent with international/regional health standards and European Human Rights Jurisprudence in the field of psychiatry and disability rights.

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Preston Mitchum, Esq., graduated cum laude from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, concentrating in public policy in May of 2008. In the fall of 2008, Preston began North Carolina Central University School of Law and graduated cum laude in May of 2011. During his tenure, he was President of the Student Bar Association, a member of the Moot Court Board, a Staff Editor for the Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Law Review, and had the privilege of having two law review articles published in various journals. Currently, Preston is an LL.M. student in the Program on Law and Government at American University Washington College of Law, concentrating in Constitutional Law and Civil Rights, and specializing in Gender and Law. Preston was the Dean’s Fellow in the Program on Law and Government from August 2011 to December 2011 at American University Washington College of Law. In addition to being an LL.M. student, Preston is the spring law clerk for the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy. In this capacity, he works primarily on ACS’s Constitution in the 21st Century Project, an initiative to promote positive, much-needed change in our legal and policy landscape. He also works on issues including separation of powers, voting rights, criminal justice, and racial, gender and GLBT equality, among others.

Lauren Nussbaum is a first-year law student and a Public Interest/Public Service (PIPS) Scholar at the Washington College of Law. Prior to law school, Lauren worked at the National AIDS Housing Coalition, an organization that works to ensure that HIV-positive persons have quality, affordable and appropriate housing. Lauren has also worked at IASSCS, a sexuality research institute based in Peru, at ECPAT, an organization that fights commercial sexual exploitation of children in Latin America, and at a grassroots women’s health NGO in Bolivia. Lauren has an MA in Latin American Studies from Tulane University and a BA in Spanish from Barnard College.

Group 4: Older Persons


Matthew Pierce is the Associate Director of the Health Law and Justice Program. He is responsible for developing health law and policy research projects; advising JD and LLM students interested in health law; providing guidance to the student health law organization and publication; and organizing health law conferences and events, including the Summer Health Law & Policy Institute. Matt came to the Washington College of Law from the University of North Carolina Injury Prevention Research Center. His research at UNC focused on evaluating the public health and social justice implications of criminal background screening among employers and universities. He has also researched and written about a variety of other public health law topics, including global and domestic HIV screening policies, the constitutionality of gun scanning technology, and the use of zoning laws to prevent obesity.

In addition to his work as a health law researcher, Matt worked for three years as a public defender in Baltimore City. During that time, he participated in the development of the Northwest Neighborhood Defender’s Unit, a program that sought to incorporate public health prevention principles into public defense by increasing clients’ access to social support services. Matt received his Juris Doctor degree cum laude from Georgetown and a Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He received his BA from Amherst College.


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Saray Noda received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from William Paterson University and is a registered nurse in the state of New Jersey. She came to WCL to combine her passion for health care with law. Saray is a first-generation Cuban American and the first in her family to attend college and graduate school. This spring, Saray is interning at the DOJ in the Civil Division administering Vaccine Injury Claims. She is a staffer on the Health Law & Policy Brief and a member of the Moot Court Honor Society.

Group 5: Access to Medicines

Sean Flynn teaches courses on the intersection of intellectual property, trade law, and human rights and is the Associate Director of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP). At PIJIP, Professor Flynn designs and manages a wide variety of research and advocacy projects that promote public interests in intellectual property and information law and coordinates PIJIP’s academic program, including events, student advising and curriculum development. Professor Flynn’s research examines legal frameworks promoting access to essential goods and services. He serves as counsel for advocacy organizations and state legislatures seeking to promote and defend regulations that promote access to essential medicines. (PIJIP).

Prior to joining WCL, Professor Flynn completed clerkships with Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson on the South African Constitutional Court and Judge Raymond Fisher on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He also represented consumers and local governments as a senior associate with Spiegel & McDiarmid and as senior attorney for the Consumer Project on Technology, served on the policy team advising then Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Deval Patrick, and taught Constitutional Law at the University of Witwaterstrand, South Africa.


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Zugeilly Coss Sanz is the Legal Advisor at the National Council for Climate Change and the Clean Development Mechanism of the Dominican Republic. She is a member of the official Delegation of Dominican Republic currently involved in the negotiations of climate change at the UNFCCC. She has also worked in research policy-making for climate related diseases in the border of Dominican Republic and Haiti. Zugeilly has been awarded several academic distinctions including the Fulbright Scholarship in 2011. Zugeilly is presently pursuing an LLM specializing in International Environmental Law & Climate Change at American University Washington College of Law. She received her law degree with honors from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra and earned her degree in Environmental Management from the Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo.

Ophtlie Garnier is currently enrolled in American University Washington College of Law’s International Legal Studies Program as an LL.M student with a specialization in intellectual property law. Born and raised in France, she entered a four-year-long dual law degree program at the University of Paris West Nanterre la Défense (France). She graduated in 2011, majoring in public international law with a concentration in human rights. In the course of her studies, she interned at the French Supreme Court and worked for a non-profit organization focusing on human trafficking and other forms of commercial sex exploitation. Her research on these issues will soon be published.

Chelsea Masters is a second year Juris Doctorate/Masters candidate at American University Washington College of Law and is focusing on intellectual property and development policy. Chelsea graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2009 with a Bachelors degree in international studies and relations. She spent last summer studying intellectual property, international trade, and the law of international organizations with WCL’s Geneva Summer Program. Chelsea is currently an intern with the International Intellectual Property Institute (IIPI) researching issues between international intellectual property standards and international development politics. She also currently works for the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property researching human rights issues within international and domestic intellectual property regimes.

Natassia Rozario is a third year Juris Doctorate candidate at American University Washington College of Law focusing on the study of health law and human rights. She currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Health Law and Policy Brief. Natassia participated in the WCL Summer Law Program at The Hague and also interned at the Health Law Unit of the Legal Aid Society of New York. For the 2011 summer, she interned at the Office for the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health in Delhi, India. Natassia graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor’s in political science and received her Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins. Prior to law school, Natassia served as a William J. Clinton Service Fellow in India and as a research associate at Columbia University. Her research on health policy has been published in several academic journals.

Mina Trudeau is a May 2012 Juris Doctorate candidate at American University Washington College of Law, studying international human rights and humanitarian law. Mina is a student attorney in the International Human Rights Law Clinic, and Articles Editor of the International Law Review. Mina was a legal intern at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. She participated in the UN Committee against Torture Project and studied at the Asser Instituut (The Netherlands). Her B.A. (Hampshire College) is in International Development, focused on health, environmental, and economic issues, and Global Gender Studies. Mina formerly directed international programs at the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program, directed an international NGO addressing gender-based human rights violations, and was consultant to human rights organizations, including U.S. Human Rights Network and Amnesty International USA.

Group 6: Tobacco Control and Smoke Free Environments

Professor Wiley teaches torts, health law, and public health law. Her current research focuses on access to health care and healthy conditions in the U.S. and globally. She also works on various law and policy issues at the intersection of public health, food systems, and environmental change. Prior to joining the faculty at WCL, Professor Wiley was the Global Health Law Program Director at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University.

She had also previously worked at the Center for Law and the Public’s Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the American Society for Law, Medicine and Ethics, and Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman LLC in Baltimore, MD. She received her AB and JD from Harvard, where she served on the Harvard Law Review, and her MPH from Johns Hopkins.


Susan Reardon is the Director, International Policy, Worldwide Government Affairs and Policy at Johnson & Johnson (J&J) based in Washington, D.C.  She works on a variety of international policy issues with a focus on the pharmaceutical and medical device and diagnostics businesses of the company. In addition to policy development, she facilitates coordination and communications with Washington, D.C. based trade associations, global governmental bodies and other entities to shape policy consistent with business interests in collaboration with other partners.

She worked previously at the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) in senior positions responsible for regulatory and reimbursement issues affecting the medical technology industry.

Reardon’s federal government career included senior positions in the Office of General Counsel at the Department of Health and Human Services, where she served as Acting General Counsel among other positions; the Department of Housing and Urban Development; and the Small Business Administration. She practiced law in Syracuse and Oswego, New York, and served as the Counsel to the School District.

Reardon earned her Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in International Relations from Syracuse University and her Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law, where she served on the Law Review and was published.  She is the recipient of several awards including the W. Quinn Jordan Memorial Award for significant government affairs accomplishments benefiting transfusion medicine and the Food and Drug Administration Commissioner’s Special Citation.

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Natassia Rozario is a third year Juris Doctorate candidate at American University Washington College of Law focusing on the study of health law and human rights. She currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Health Law and Policy Brief. Natassia participated in the WCL Summer Law Program at The Hague and also interned at the Health Law Unit of the Legal Aid Society of New York. For the 2011 summer, she interned at the Office for the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health in Delhi, India. Natassia graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor’s in political science and received her Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins. Prior to law school, Natassia served as a William J. Clinton Service Fellow in India and as a research associate at Columbia University. Her research on health policy has been published in several academic journals.