This is the second in a series of reflection posts by our outgoing (and inaugural) class of Reproductive Justice Fellows. Click here for the first entry and visit the RJFP page for more information about the program.
Has it already been a year? Although the bar exam seems like ages ago, it feels like I just moved to D.C. to start my LSRJ fellowship. My placement was with the National Health Law Program (NHeLP), an organization that works to further access to quality health care for low-income individuals and underserved populations, primarily by providing legal expertise on Medicaid.
Looking back over the year, I am amazed at how much I learned. When I started at NHeLP, I knew next to nothing about Medicaid. There was so much to learn – and I was almost certain I would never be able to grasp the complexities in this area of law by the end of my fellowship.
Then, at around six months in, things began to click. For the remainder of my fellowship, I actively contributed to policy strategy, and I finished research in almost half the time than when I started. It was also around this time that I began feeling comfortable training and presenting on Medicaid coverage of reproductive health care. Better yet, others at outside organizations began calling me for advice and input on issues around Medicaid and health care reform.
Now as my fellowship comes to an end and I prepare to transition into my new role as staff attorney, I am looking forward to helping the new LSRJ fellow learn the ropes. I am incredibly grateful to LSRJ and am proud to have been part of the inaugural fellowship class. Thank you LSRJ!
Davida Silverman (’10, CUNY School of Law)
2010-2011 RJ Fellow at the National Health Law Program