Christine Halverson, of Menands, N.Y., has been named the first Barry A. Gold '70 Health Law Clinical Fellow at Albany Law School's Health Law Clinic.
During her term, Halverson will be responsible for advancing the Clinic's efforts to represent low-income clients with cancer, HIV, or other chronic medical conditions, and provide training on legal rights for clients, advocates, health care staff, physicians, and law and medical students.
The Barry A. Gold '70 Health Law Clinical Fellowship was established in 2006 by Gold's wife, Sherry, in honor of her late husband's lifelong commitment to pro bono work. Sherry said her husband, who died in 2002 at the age of 56, hoped to spend his retirement working with legal practitioners and health care providers to meet the needs of the underserved.
Gold was a partner with Thuillez, Ford, Gold, Johnson and Butler, in Albany. His practice concentrated in the area of Health Law and he was considered a leader in successfully suing insurance companies to provide life-saving treatments such as bone marrow transplants.
Halverson is a 2007 graduate of Albany Law School. While attending Albany Law, she participated in the Civil Rights and Disabilities Law Clinic where she represented clients with developmental disabilities. In addition, she was a student fellow in Albany Law School's Non-Profit Legal Assistance Program and a legal intern at Disability Advocates, Inc., in Albany. In 2007, Halverson received the Clinical Legal Studies Prize which is awarded to an Albany Law Clinic student who has contributed significantly to clients represented by the Clinic.
Halverson, who is originally from La Crosse, Wis., received a B.S. in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse.