Getting to Know the MJLH, vol 9: Katarina Daniels, Executive Online Editor

Posted By Katarina Daniels

What is the best part of your role as Executive Online Editor of the MJLH?

Learning from my peers. The Online Board dedicates itself to bringing the latest in health law, policy, and ethics to MJLH followers, and our editors are constantly surprising me with the impressive range of topics they choose to cover, as well as the high quality of their work as writers and editors. I can’t wait to see what the Volume 9 team produces this year!

What did you do this summer?

Lots of traveling (and a bit of school and work)!

In May, I was lucky enough to be one of ten students – along with Jen Anderson, the MJLH Editor-in-Chief – chosen to participate in the McGill-Shantou Summer Law Programme in Shantou, China. Despite the short duration of the trip (just 2 weeks), we learned a great deal about the Chinese legal system, Chinese arbitration systems, the Chinese approach to disability law, and legal education in China. It is an experience that I will carry with me always, and I highly encourage all McGill students to apply to the program!

Upon my return, I started a legal clinic placement at Chez Doris, a day centre for women in difficulty. It was my first real hands-on legal experience, and a very valuable one at that! I wrote letters to landlords and neighbours, I prepared flyers on topics including landlord-tenant relationships, bed bugs, and legal aid, and I got to accompany clients to Legal Aid and to the Régie du Logement, among other responsibilities.

During my placement, I also took two vacations: a 4th of July trip to Chicago (home of the best burgers ever – check out Kuma’s Corner), and a two-week trip to Malaysia and Hong Kong. Both vacations, highly recommended. Necessary R&R before starting 3L!

Quelles sont vos ressources préférées pour les nouvelles de la santé?

Mon application Twitter est toujours ouverte pour que je puisse “re-tweeter” et faire des commentaires sur les nouvelles de la santé. La RDSM suit: @Ghealthrights, @IMHLMcGill, @ONThealth, @ILOHealthcare, @McGillMed, @healthcouncilca, @worldbankhealth, @GenomicsPolicy , @AMaioni, @EU_Health, @nprGlobalHealth, @Health_Care_Law, parmi beaucoup d’autres.

What attracted you to join the MJLH?

Health law is so relevant and omnipresent, and yet we rarely discuss issues relating to health care in first year law. After all the theory in 1L, I desperately needed to see real-life, current applications of the concepts I was studying. I have absolutely no background in health law or policy, but I started following the MJLH on Facebook and was really interested in some of the news articles that they posted. That’s when I looked into the Online Board.

Quels sont vos festivals d’été préférés de Montréal?

Le Festival Juste pour rire – je l’ai manqué cette année parce que j’étais en Asie, mais normalement j’assiste aux spectacles ‘Off JFL,’ qui sont moins chers mais également amusants. J’ai aussi beaucoup aimé les festivals pour le Grand Prix: je suis allée au Festival sur la rue Crescent, mais aussi celui sur la rue Monkland, à NDG. Je dirais par contre que je les aimais plus pour les food trucks que pour les autos!

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