Associate, McDermott, Will & Emery (JD/MPH)
Her introduction to transactional law was a “lightning in a bottle” moment for Christine Wahr JD/MPH ’13.
“I came to law school because I wanted to make an impact, but I wasn’t sure how,” Christine recalls. Interested in health care, she chose Northeastern for the dual-degree public health program with Tufts University School of Medicine as well as the co-op program.
After a co-op abroad, she came back to Northeastern and enrolled in Transactional Drafting Seminar and Negotiation, which was a turning point for her: “I enjoyed the interactive problem solving that challenged me to think creatively.” Christine completed her final co-op at a pharmaceutical company, which merged her interests in health, technology and transactional law.
Today, at McDermott, Will & Emery in Boston, she concentrates her practice on IP licensing and technology transfer in the life sciences and high-tech space as well as data privacy and general health law and regulatory work. She calls the blend of the dual-degree program and co-op “the perfect marriage of education and experience” that led her to a dynamic career.
Christine worked as a judicial intern, conducting research, writing bench memoranda and drafting orders on various civil matters.
Christine researched and wrote legal memoranda on health law issues, including HIPAA, health care payment reform, and unfair and deceptive health insurance practices.
Christine worked on a research-advocacy project that aims to add content to the international legal principle of ‘due diligence’ in the context of state responsibility to end violence against women.
Christine drafted a series of policy reports on legal obstacles to redress for victims of sexual and gender-based violence.
Christine honed her legal writing and transactional law skills, drafting regional informed consent form templates, clinical trial agreement negotiation processes, and editing technology development agreements.