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.
I suspect that soon we will be talking with a new frame: pre-Covid and post-Covid. More than a year of lockdown, social distancing and virtual education has made once familiar tasks and events unfamiliar. Many of us are beginning to tell stories about the strange experience of driving during Houston rush hours, meeting up with classmates we haven’t “seen” for a year, or taking a vacation for the “first time.”
Here at the Houston Journal of Health Law & Policy, it cannot be a more exciting time for us to head into the summer: while we are not in the post-Covid mode yet, it is starting to feel a little more like pre-Covid times. Members already begin to brainstorm ways to safely hold in-person team building events, bring back open office hours and engage more meaningfully with our community through in-person service projects. As many fall classes will offer more opportunities for us to meet in person, I expect our team to remain creative and agile in our programming to meet the needs of all members, current and new.
As our Board 22 look forward to a post-Covid world in the next academic year, we will continue to build upon the extraordinary accomplishments of Board 21, as they navigated through the disruptions and opportunities posed by a global pandemic last year. To name a few:
Watch out for more updates to come throughout the summer. I cannot wait to meet everyone (virtually and in person)!
To Nhu Huynh
Editor in Chief
To Nhu Huynh
A current 3L, To Nhu had worked in health education and outreach at a large cancer center for five years in Houston, Texas. She graduated with high honors from the University of Pennsylvania with a major in Health & Societies in 2012 and holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Texas School of Public Health. She is passionate about combining her public health and education experiences with her love for the law to advocate for patients' rights and reproductive justice issues.