Nikita M. Floore came to Maryland Carey Law with a mission.
After working as a vocational rehabilitation counselor in state and federal health care systems, “I wanted to learn as much as I could about health law,” the third-year student wrote in a recent issue of the American Health Law Association (AHLA) Quarterly. “…choosing to attend a law school with a dedicated health law curriculum was important to me.”
Floore has made good on her words, seizing one opportunity after another at Maryland Carey Law. As a 2L, she was a student attorney in the Civil Rights of Persons with Disabilities Clinic, working at the National Association for the Deaf with Adjunct Professor Marc Charmatz. It was a chance to interact again with the population she had served as a counselor.
“The clinic allowed me to see the other side of rehab counseling, and to see how the law affects the delivery of services to this population,” she said. “It was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences in law school.”
After winning a Diversity in Health Law internship at the AHLA, the rising 3L spent the summer of 2014 at its headquarters in Washington, D.C. conducting research and writing for publications to support its public interest activities. She also had the opportunity to attend the AHLA Annual Meeting in New York.
“I met health care consultants and other professionals while learning about the various career paths for health care attorneys,” Floore said. “I wanted to absorb all the information I could.”
As she looks forward to graduation in May 2015, she is focusing on her new role as a health care attorney. “Having worked with special populations and veterans, I knew that law school would provide me with the opportunity to learn about the legal aspects of disability. There is a need for equal rights and access to services for individuals who are often stigmatized or considered on the fringe of society. I’m looking forward to filling that need.”