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Hayley Penan

Hayley is a Staff Attorney at the National Health Law Program, where she works primarily on state and federal advocacy around reproductive health care, Medicaid and ACA Marketplace concerns, and public health. Before joining the National Health Law Program, she served as a Health Policy Fellow for the U.S. House of Representatives, Ways & Means Health Subcommittee in Washington, D.C. and concurrently as a Research Assistant to Professor I. Glenn Cohen of Harvard Law School.

Hayley received her Juris Doctorate cum laude from the University of California, Irvine School of Law with Pro Bono High Honors and her Masters of Public Health Policy degree from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. During law school, she worked as a Research Assistant to Professor Michele Bratcher Goodwin on projects involving reproductive justice, bioethics, and the constitutionality of government involvement in personal medical decisions, among other issues. She was also a Judicial Extern to Magistrate Judge Allison Claire of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California in Sacramento and a Law Clerk in the Office of the California Attorney General, Criminal Division in San Diego, prosecuting felony appeals before the California Courts of Appeal.

Prior to law school, Hayley worked for the Legal Aid Society of Orange County as Managing Editor and Contributing Editor for The Notice, its legal news publication, while also serving as a General Relief Hotline Counselor. Hayley received her Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

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