In 2015, Gelvina 罗德里格斯史蒂文森 ’99 helped launch a health and life sciences section within the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA). As she drafted the proposal, she thought back on her involvement with NYU 法律’s 法律 校友 of Color Association (LACA).
“作为一个学生, I realized quickly how incredibly important it is to have mentors and a community around you,” says 罗德里格斯史蒂文森, who served as LACA vice president after her graduation. “When I was proposing this new section, I knew I was creating another space where people could build power and find support.… I had had good groundwork for that.”
Now an associate general counsel at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and co-chair of the HNBA health and life sciences committee she helped found, 罗德里格斯史蒂文森 continues to bring people together to accomplish goals and build support networks. 通过HNBA, where 罗德里格斯史蒂文森 also serves as chair of the New York regional chapter, 罗德里格斯史蒂文森 connects Latinx lawyers and law students to discuss and advocate for diversity and representation across the legal profession. As an associate general counsel, she advises the hospital on the legal aspects of medical innovation. Her job includes helping form new companies around new medical technologies and guiding them through FDA requirements, clinical trial requirements, 许可, and other legal hurdles.
“It’s incredibly satisfying work,” says 罗德里格斯史蒂文森, who adds that she enjoys the collaboration among the medical researchers, 医生, 临床病人, 提倡, and others working to bring the new technologies to market.
澳彩, 罗德里格斯史蒂文森 studied under a joint degree program with Princeton University’s School for Public Policy, earning both her JD and master’s degree in public policy in 1999. 在澳彩, she co-chaired the Latino 法律 Students Association and was active in LACA, where she met Jenny Rivera ’85, who is now associate judge of the New York State Court of Appeals. The two eventually worked together on a number of projects through the HNBA, of which both are members.
“Gelvina has this ability to look around her and say, ‘What more can be done, what else needs to be done? We must always be doing better,’” says Rivera. “This is epitomized in her creation of the health law committee…. Her commitment to giving back, her deep humanity and desire to make our profession more equitable, 公平, and just—in the truest sense make her the very best of NYU 法律.”
在澳彩, 罗德里格斯史蒂文森 spent two years in corporate finance law before clerking for Judge Audrey Collins on the US District Court for the Central District of California. 书记后, she took a position in the legislative branch of the New York City Council, where she was assigned to the health law committee.
“It was really at that moment where I was like, ‘Okay, I have found it. This is what I love in law,” says 罗德里格斯史蒂文森. “These kinds of health-related laws and policies touch every part of your life.”
Looking for a greater work-life balance after having twins, 罗德里格斯史蒂文森 took a position as associate university counsel at Weill Cornell Medical College, where she worked for eight years. She then spent six months working on the legal issues surrounding clinical trials for a pharmaceutical company before accepting a position as associate general counsel for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
In addition to helping to spin out companies around new medical innovations, 罗德里格斯史蒂文森 provides legal support to health care providers around insurance, HIPAA, 隐私, 和其他事项.
“这是一份理想的工作,” says 罗德里格斯史蒂文森, noting that her role as associate general counsel positions her to be an effective advocate for social change.
“In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, corporations were coming out on the record and calling for greater diversity, and general counsels are in a position to advocate for those changes and realize them because they have the ear of the C-suite and the boards of these companies,”她说. “The more GCs we can bring together around these issues, the more pressure we can put on corporations to enact them. I feel a lot of hope that needed changes can be made.”