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Pam Silberman


In addition to her duties as President and CEO of North Carolina Institute of Medicine, Dr. Silberman is also Associate Director for Policy Analysis at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, University of North Carolina, and Research Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina. Dr. Silberman will speak on the Conference's panel concerning the new health care legislation.

Tim Nordgren


Mr. Nordgren grew up in Winnetka Illinois, and attended undergraduate school at the University of Iowa where he graduated with distinction with a B.B.A. in Finance in 1991. Tim received his law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1994. Since he began his legal career, Tim has focused his practice exclusively in the areas of Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning and Probate law, including related practice areas such as Estate and Gift Taxes, Guardianships and Special Needs Trusts. Tim is currently a council member of the Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association, and is a Chair of the Pro Bono Committee for this Section. Tim currently serves on the Board of Directors of NAMI North Carolina and the Frankie Lemmon Foundation. The North Carolina State Bar has designated Tim as a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law.

Ann Ferrari


Ms. Ferrari is a Civil Attorney with North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services specializing in the health care needs of prisoners in North Carolina. She will speak on the Conference's panel concerning the criminal justice system and health care law.

Rene Bowser

LLM., J.D., M.A.

Professor Bowser is Associate Professor of Law at University of St. Thomas School of Law. After receiving his J.D., he practiced law with major law firms in the San Francisco area from 1994-1997, specializing in the field of health law. He has served as an advisor to the Department of Health & Human Services and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Race & Bioethics. Professor Bowser's current research focuses on the impact of medical and bioethical policy on communities of color. He has presented papers relating to his research on racial bias in medical treatment at numerous forums, including the Tuskegee Center Conference on Bioethics, Minorities and the Law, the International Conference on Mental Health, and the 2001 Mid-Atlantic People of Color Conference at the Dickinson School of Law. Bowser was a visiting faculty member at the University of St. Thomas School of Law during the 2003-2004 academic year. Prior to his arrival at the School of Law, Professor Bowser taught torts and advanced topics in health care law and policy at the University of Illinois College of Law.

Dwight Mullen


Dr. Mullen is Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. His research focuses on race in American politics. Professor Mullen will speak on the Conference's panel concerning race and health care law.

Carrie Griffin Basas


Ms. Basas is a post-graduate research fellow at Harvard Law School and a visiting assistant professor at the University of North Carolina School of Law. She has also been on the faculty at Penn State University-Dickinson School of Law, the University of Tulsa College of Law, and Saint Joseph's College of Maine. Her research, teaching, and advocacy focus on disability rights law, criminal law, employment discrimination, labor law, and professional responsibility. She is interested in the advancement of people with disabilities in the workplace, the role of disability in criminal sentencing, and the intersection of disability and health equity issues. She conducted the first qualitative empirical study of the work experiences of women attorneys with disabilities and is currently working on several empirical projects related to HIV/AIDS stigma and criminal sentencing, disability diversity issues in the workplace, and the experiences of lawyers with disabilities. Prof. Basas has published in a number of academic journals, including the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, the Berkeley Journal of Gender Law and Justice, and the Rutgers Law Journal. She is working on two book projects - a disability rights textbook to be published by Carolina Academic Press in 2012 and a collection of mentoring advice for emerging attorneys with disabilities to be published by the ABA in 2011.

Kimberly Cogdell

J.D., M.P.H.

Ms. Cogdell is an Assistant Professor of Law at North Carolina Central University School of Law. She received her undergraduate degree in molecular biology from Hampton University and her juris doctor and her masters of public health specializing in health policy and administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She teaches courses in Torts, Bioethics, Health Law, and Insurance. Her research interests include health care reform, emerging issues in bioethics, the use of DNA as scientific evidence and international development focusing on Afro-Latino populations. Professor Cogdell is the director and co-founder of the Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Law Institute (BPLI). She is also the founder and director of the law school's summer study abroad program.

Jina Dhillon

J.D., M.P.H.

Ms. Dhillon joined NHeLP in September 2010 as a Staff Attorney in the North Carolina office. Prior to joining NHeLP, Jina served as a Board Member of Law Students for Reproductive Justice, and interned with the International Legal Program of the Center for Reproductive Rights and with the Chapel Hill and India offices of Ipas. Her grassroots organizing experience includes serving as a volunteer with Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina, and as First Vice President on the Board of NC Women United. Jina also has extensive research and policy analysis experience in the areas of global health, human rights, and reproductive justice advocacy in the developing country context. Jina graduated with a B.S. in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she also received her joint J.D. and M.P.H. with a Global Health Certificate.

Donald Hornstein


From 1982 to 1983, Professor Hornstein clerked for Judge Abner Mikva of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In 1983, he began work as an appellate attorney (Honors Program) in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., where he concentrated on environmental litigation and on litigation defending Native American fishing rights in the Pacific Northwest. Between 1985 and 1986, he was an associate with Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C., concentrating on environmental and products liability matters. While with Arnold & Porter, Hornstein represented, pro bono, a consortium of environmental and animal welfare organizations in litigation in the United States Supreme Court involving Japanese whaling in the Antarctic and northwest Pacific oceans. He joined the faculty as a visiting associate professor of law in 1987 and was appointed an associate professor in 1989, a full professor in 1993, and associate dean of faculty in 1994. He won the Frederick B. McCall Award for Teaching Excellence in 1989. For the 1996-97 academic year, Hornstein was a visiting professor of law at the University of Asmara in Eritrea, Africa, under the auspices of the Fulbright Scholar program.

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