Accomplished attorney and public health professional with extensive public interest, government, contracting and in-house skills, a keen eye for identifying opportunities, and a track record in creative solutions to achieve outstanding outcomes.
1985 B.A., Political Science, Williams College, Williamstown, MA
1994 M.P.H., Population and Family Health, Columbia University School of Public Health, New York, NY
2000 J.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, School of Law. Chapel Hill, NC. Admitted to practice in NC in 2000
2/2015-Pres. The Law Office of Wendy Greene
Solo practice law firm focusing on representation in the areas of civil rights, personal injury, employment and immigration.
9/2014-Pres. Document Review, NC and NY
Over ten months experience, through Hire Counsel, Inc. and Epiq Systems, Inc. reviewing English and French documents for responsiveness and legal privilege, and determining and applying redactions using Relativity and Documentrix. Reviewed documents related to the insurance, energy, real estate, retail, and pharmaceutical industries, and environmental, employment, contract and Securities and Exchange Commission matters of law.
4/2011-5/2014 Director, Incarcerated Youth Advocacy Project, North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services, Inc., Raleigh, NC
Developed project goals and strategy, evaluated impact; represented and advocated for youth detained or incarcerated in county jails, juvenile detention centers, prisons and youth development centers; built relationships and partnerships within justice community to further understanding of issues and provide basis for favorable policy development, such as education in county jails. Successfully secured funding for second project cycle. Coordinate Durham County Jail Education Initiative.
5/2006-4/2011 Legal Counsel, North Carolina State Health Plan, Raleigh, NC
Drafted, reviewed, revised, negotiated and interpreted high and low dollar contracts; monitored and coordinated agency federal and state regulatory compliance; provided legal guidance, opinions, and interpretation to internal clients and external partners on health law, contracting and labor law; reviewed publications and press releases prior to release; coordinated or personally developed agency-wide policies on topics such as public records, fraud, rulemaking and HIPAA; annually reviewed potential new legislation or amendments for potential impact upon agency; coordinated breach of contract litigation and potential litigation with outside counsel; as ethics liaison provided guidance to staff and assure compliance with ethical rules.
7/2002-5/2006 Assistant Attorney General, North Carolina Department of Justice, Attorney General’s Office, Raleigh, NC
As an Attorney II counseled and represented the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Facility Services, primarily in regulatory actions against adult care homes and nurse aides; negotiated settlements agreements; trained staff on legal issues and trail preparation; and drafted new legislation.
As an Attorney III represented the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in administrative hearings and general courts of justice in recovery of federal funds designated for underground petroleum storage tank clean up; negotiated settlements with debtors. In both positions represented the State of North Carolina in criminal appeals.
5/2001-7/2002 Staff Attorney, North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services, Inc., Raleigh, NC
Managed an inmate legal matter caseload in excess of 100 addressing issues as diverse as criminal appeals, personal injury, and health related matters. Coordinated immigration law team resulting in non-removal of inmates from prison upon release. Periodically presented legal issues such as national initiatives to halt prison rape and constitutional updates to agency staff.
9/2000-5/2001 Associate Attorney, Unti & Lumsden, L.L.P., Raleigh, NC
Represented clients in civil and criminal matters; provided legal support for senior attorneys.
10/1996-4/1997 Health Educator, Brooklyn AIDS Task Force, Inc., Brooklyn, NY
Organized and conducted health education training for three alternative high school-based at-risk teens; directed three teen peer education videos; carried out self-help training for French speaking African women in federal detention in Brooklyn.
9/1993-8/1996 Child Survival Project Coordinator, Africare, Inc., Burkina Faso, West Africa
Responsible for management of a $900,000 three-year USAID funded child and women’s health project including planning public health activities, supervising and training staff, and liaising with government officials.
2/1993-9/1993 Consultant, New York, NY
Researched access to health care for indigent women with substance abuse issues. Researched and helped draft published report on best family planning practices in Sub-Saharan Africa.
9/1991-12/1992 Graduate Research Assistant, International Women’s Health Coalition, New York, NY
Researched and reported on women’s health issues for grassroots African self-help projects, provided administrative support for African women’s health projects.
6/1990-8/1991 Project Staff Assistant, HIV Education and Research Center, Brooklyn, NY
Helped design, implement and analyze community-level HIV research.
3/1986-9/1989 Public Health Volunteer/Regional Rep., U.S. Peace Corps/Zaire (Dem. Rep. Congo), Central Africa
As a public health volunteer: trained and supervised approximately 20 nurses and village health workers in a large rural health zone in the Kasai Oriental province; drafted successful grant proposals for medicines and supplies from Oxfam; represented the rural health zone to non-governmental agencies and local government officials; reported activities to Peace Corps directors.
As Regional Representative: supervised 16 Peace Corps Volunteers working on health, water, agriculture and fish culture projects throughout Kasai Oriental; managed Congolese personnel, regional finances and equipment, and supervised regional Peace Corps administration, including without limitation all reporting to national headquarters.
BAR ADMISSION AND PROFESSSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
Admitted to the North Carolina Bar, 2000
Raleigh Organizing Against Racism (ROAR), founding member
Certified NC Superior Court Mediator, 2014
NC Bar Association
North Carolina Society of Healthcare Attorneys, Board of Directors 2008 - 2011
AWARDS AND HONORS
Alumni Award for academic excellence and future contributions to public health, Columbia University, 1993
Dean’s List, University of North Carolina School of Law, Spring 1998
French, fluent (tested Level 3, U.S. Dept. of State Foreign Service Institute in April 2013)
Tshiluba and Lingala (languages of the Dem. Rep. Congo), basic