The Journal's publications are essentially a collection of articles that not only articulate injustices in our society, but they also suggest ways to correct those injustices. These articles can be used as tools by activists and attorneys to advocate for change. Being a part of HJHLP is being a part of a group that provides one of the tools that is necessary to strive towards an equitable and healthy society.
As a member of HJHLP's Board 22, I am Chief Articles Editor. The Chief Articles Editor oversees the below-the-line editing of articles that have been selected for publication. This means that I make sure that each assertion in the articles is supported by a source that is cited in the proper Bluebook format. I conduct trainings on Bluebook citation and the assignments the journal uses for substantiation and correcting citations and delegate these assignments to journal members. I also help the Editor-in-Chief to conduct the final read of all articles before they are published.
My goal as Chief Articles Editor is to ensure that HJHLP publishes the highest quality of legal scholarship that is possible, and I want to see a diverse range of high-quality articles that tackle issues at the intersection of health law and social justice from a unique perspective.
For authors interested in getting articles published in the HJHLP, my advice would be to find something that you are truly passionate about to write an article on. When I say that, I don't mean that you should write about something that you are merely interested in, it should be something that is deeply meaningful to you. For students interested in joining HJHLP, you should be prepared for a heavy workload and to expect to get out of the journal what you put into it. While being a part of HJHLP has been difficult work, it's been a very rewarding experience, and it likely will be for anyone who is willing to put the work in.
Sara Kilmer is a 3L at the University of Houston Law Center currently serving on the Houston Journal of Health Law & Policy's Board 22 as Chief Articles Editor. Sara received her undergraduate degree from UT Austin where she double-majored in psychology and government. Following graduation, Sara joined Teach for America and worked in a digital security company in their in-house legal department before coming to law school. Since joining law school, Sara has been an advocate working for the Texas Innocence Network's Capital Division for two summers.