An Albany Law School third-year student from Troy, Kathryn E. Basal (seen centered in the photo with MSEK Managing Attorney Lois Carter Schlissel and partner Andrew J. Turro), has won the Judge Bernard S. Meyer Scholarship, a $2,500 award administered by the New York Bar Foundation for her piece ‘What’s a Legal System to Do? The Problem of Regulating Internet Pharmacies.’
Her essay, as summarized in a State Bar Association press release, ‘examines the attraction and relative ease of buying drugs online without a valid prescription from a health care provider in light of the increasing number of Americans without health insurance and the skyrocketing cost at traditional pharmacies.’
The paper also discussed recent action by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in an attempt to combat the development of illegal online pharmacies, as well as federal and state proposals to deal with regulating legitimate Internet pharmacies.
The award was established in 2004. It is available to second-year law students who attend a law school in New York state and who exhibit excellence in legal writing and advocacy skills. The scholarship will be applied to Basal’s tuition for the 2006 fall semester. She graduates next year.
Meyer was an associate judge of the state Court of Appeals form 1979-1986 and practiced with the Long Island-based firm of Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein from 1987 until his death last year.