Health Law Society

The Health Law Society (HLS) provides an opportunity for students interested in health law to convene and engage in activities promoting their common interests.  The HLS organizes seminars on topics specific to health law, presents panel discussions on effective employment strategies, provides networking opportunities with local practitioners and co-sponsors the annual Health Law Speaker Event with the Hall Center for Law and Health.

2013-2014 HLS Executive Board Members:

      • Stephen Abanise (President):
      • Allison Potenza (Vice President):
      • Melissa Reynolds (Secretary):
      • Anna Rutigliano (Treasurer):
      • Julian Stephenson (SBA Representative):
      • Samantha Chapman (Events and Philanthropy Chair):
      • Cameron Huffman (Social Media Chair):

Stephen Abanise
Stephen Abanise (President): Stephen Abanise holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California and BA in Political Science with a concentration in Law from California State University, Long Beach respectively. Stephen is a 3L pursing a Graduate Certificate in Health Law. During the summer, Stephen worked as a Law Clerk for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office in California, assigned to their Complex and Special Litigation Division (Healthcare & Bank Litigation). In addition, Stephen continues to hold an adjunct faculty appointment at the Indiana University School of Social Work. In the summer of 2009, Stephen was invited to serve as a congressional intern concentrated on health related research and policy for the Honorable Lucille Roybal-Allard, who sits on the House Appropriations and Standards of Official Conduct committees; serving as the Congresswomen of the 34th Congressional District in Los Angeles, California. Stephen looks forward to participating in the Staton Intramural Moot Court Competition.

Allison Potenza
Allison Potenza (Vice President): Alli is a native resident of Indianapolis. She graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelors in Biology, and minors in Psychology and Sociology of Medicine. At IU, she was the copy chief at the Indiana Daily Student Newspaper, and a committee chair for IU Dance Marathon benefitting Riley Hospital for Children. Alli is currently employed at IU Health North Hospital. In addition to her J.D., she is pursuing a dual degree with a Masters in Health Administration. She spent her summer as a Law Clerk for the Attorney General's Office in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Alli loves music--especially the Beatles. She enjoys pretending to play the guitar in her free time.  Alli is a note candidate of the Indiana Health Law Review.

>Melissa Reynolds
Melissa Reynolds (Secretary): Melissa graduated from Indiana University - Bloomington with a degree in Communication and Culture and a concentration in Rhetoric.  She also double minored in Theatre and Political Science.  She is a 2L pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Health Law. Currently, Melissa is working on an advocacy project that would require stock EpiPen Auto-Injectors in Indiana public schools.  She believes the increasing prevalence of food allergies in children is a cause for serious concern, especially when children experience a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction in the school setting to an undiagnosed food allergy. This anaphylactic reaction requires the immediate injection of the life-saving drug epinephrine and currently cannot be administered without a prescription.  She hopes to propose a model bill to the Indiana General Assembly in 2014.  Outside of the Health Law Society, Melissa is also a member of the Family Law Society and Phi Delta Phi.  Melissa is looking forward to working with current and new HLS members during this school year and participating in the Staton Intramural Moot Court Competition.

>Anna Rutigliano
Anna Rutigliano (Treasurer): Anna graduated from the Indiana University School of Nursing in Bloomington in 2012, with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. She is also a Registered Nurse in Indiana and is pursuing a health law concentration. In addition to the Health Law Society, Anna is a mentor and a note candidate for Indiana Law Review. Outside of school, Anna works as a law clerk and volunteers as a nurse in a free clinic.

>Julian Stephenson
Julian Stephenson (SBA Representative): Julian holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Science in Biology from Purdue University. While pursuing these degrees Julian worked as a research assistant in labs elucidating the underpinnings of eating disorders and alcoholism. He also served as a teaching assistant and resident assistant, and he was a member of Purdue's running club. Before attending law school Julian worked at the American Institute of Toxicology. Now in his 2L year at Robert H. Mckinney Julian is excited to be taking classes in pursuit of the health law concentration. He is president of the Running and Walking Club, and volunteers with Indiana Legal Service's Elder Law Project. In his free time Julian loves to run and work on his culinary skills. Julian is a note candidate of the Indiana Health Law Review and looks forward to participating in the Staton Intramural Moot Court Competition.

>Samantha Chapman
Samantha Chapman (Events & Philanthropy Chair): Samantha graduated from Manchester College magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Psychology. Throughout college Samantha worked for admissions as a Student Ambassador, was vice president of the Political Science Club,  and secretary of Manchester Activities Council. Samantha is an active 2L at Robert H. McKinney School of Law as vice president of the Running and Walking Club and the Events & Philanthropy Chair of the Health Law Society. Samantha just finished up her first year as a Summer Associate at Faegre Baker Daniels. In her free time she enjoys running and spending time with friends and family. Samantha is a note candidate of the Indiana Health Law Review.

>Cameron Huffman
Cameron Huffman (Social Media Chair): Cameron graduated from Indiana University at Kokomo in 2011 as a double major in English, with University Honors, and New Media Communication. During his junior and senior year, Cameron was the chief editor of From the Well House, IU Kokomo's annual print review of arts and sciences. Also during his junior year, Cameron was selected by IU Kokomo faculty as the inaugural winner of the Phoenix Prize in English. Cameron is working towards graduating with a concentration in health law. In addition to serving as the Social Media Chair of the Health Law Society, he is the Associate Justice of Scoring & Scheduling for the Professional Responsibility Moot Court Board and is currently a special crimes intern with the Marion County Prosecutor's office. Previously, Cameron was employed in the Patient Access department of St. Joseph Hospital in Kokomo for five years.