Laura Odwazny graduated from the JD/MA joint program in 1998. Her MA thesis is entitled Conflicting Interests and Contested Committees: The Hospital Attorney Serving on the Hospital Ethics Committee. She is a Senior Attorney with the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the Office of the General Counsel, Public Health Division. Her primary client is the Office for Human Research Protections, which interprets and enforces the HHS regulations at 45 CFR Part 46 that provide protections for human research subjects. She also frequently does work for the Division of Quality Assurance, which administers the National Practitioner Data Bank, and provides advice to the Office of Global Health Affairs regarding the US-Mexico Border Health Commission.