June 09, 2010
In April, Dorothée Alsentzer ‘05, senior clinical fellow at the Health Law and Policy Clinic at Harvard Law School’s WilmerHale Legal Services Center, and Lecturer on law Robert Greenwald, founding director of the clinic, received the Positive Leadership Award from the National Association of People with AIDS, during AIDS Watch, a federal grassroots HIV/AIDS advocacy event held in Washington, D.C.
NAPWA cited Greenwald and Alsentzer’s collective work on national health care reform, noting their “unparalleled leadership in support of comprehensive health care reform and contributions to end the pandemic and human suffering caused by HIV/AIDS.”
Alsentzer ‘s portfolio at the clinic includes federal health care reform implementation, research efforts for the State Healthcare Access Research Project in South Carolina and Louisiana, and supervision of law student work. She said: “I am deeply honored to receive this award and to have had the opportunity to work with veteran advocates in the HIV/AIDS community this past year to ensure that federal health care reform included measures that will increase affordable access to comprehensive, quality care and treatment for people living with HIV and AIDS. It is humbling to stand among giants in the field at such an important moment in time.”
Greenwald, who joined the Harvard Clinical Program in 1987, founded the AIDS Law Clinic and Medical Legal Services program at the HLS Legal Services Center, which became the Health Law and Policy Clinic. He also runs the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Law Clinic, as well as serving as managing director of the WilmerHale Legal Services Center, the law school’s oldest and largest clinical teaching facility. Earlier in the year, Greenwald was appointed an adviser to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. And on June 5th, Greenwald will be recognized by the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts as the organization mark its 25th anniversary and honors 25 heroes in the fight against AIDS.