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New Health Law Professor Katrina Pagonis to Join Hamline August 1

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Hamline's Health Law Institute is gaining a new faculty member. Katrina Angela Pagonis will become an assistant professor of law at Hamline on August 1.

Pagonis comes to Hamline immediately following two clerkships for federal judges based in Nevada: U.S. Circuit Judge Procter R. Hug., Jr. of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. District Judge Edward C. Reed, Jr.

Pagonis was a teaching fellow at the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law in 2007-08 at Georgetown University Law Center, where she earned her JD in 2005. She also earned an LL.M. degree from Yale Law School, an MPH degree from John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, where she majored in both political science, and molecular and cell biology.

While at Georgetown University Law Center, she served as a research assistant for Professor Lawrence O. Gostin in the Center for Law and Public Health. She also did clinical work at the International Women's Human Rights Clinic at Georgetown and was a student researcher at the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Law Project at Yale Law School.

Earlier, Pagonis was a legal intern for the Equal Opportunities Commission in Manchester, England in 2002, where she conducted original research on pregnancy-related sex discrimination in employment. Her report, Pregnancy-Related Discrimination in Employment: A Review of Employment Tribunal Decisions from November 1999 through April 2002 is used in formal investigations on the issue in Britain.

Pagonis has served as a guest lecturer at John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Georgetown University Law Center and American University. She has co-authored several professional papers, including Ensuring Effective Pain Treatment: A National and Global Perspective in JAMA (2008), with other works in progress.

"In addition to her exceptional background as a federal law clerk, Professor Pagonis brings to Hamline an established reputation as an emerging legal scholar on public health issues," said Hamline University School of Law Dean Donald M. Lewis.

Hamline's Health Law Institute recently was ranked by U.S. News & World Report as among the top 20 health law programs in the country.