Samuel C. Salganik
Samuel C. Salganik ’10 has enjoyed success in business—as a junior partner in a commercial real estate company in Prague—and in sports—as a soccer star whose team won a gold medal in the West Africa University Soccer Games. But when asked to discuss these accomplishments, Salganik is quick to wave them off. Although they make for interesting accents on his résumé, neither excites the future attorney quite like health care law.
The subject may seem a bit incongruous for a math major and former realtor who speaks fluent Czech. But Salganik finds the field fascinating. In the summer of 2008, he worked with the Community Service Society’s Health Restructuring Initiative, conducting research on policy initiatives aimed at expanding access to health care and health insurance in New York State. The following summer, he spent time with the Legal Aid Society’s Health Law Unit, where he helped clients navigate the complex rules surrounding Medicaid eligibility. “I really like doing direct services because you’re dealing with real people, and you get to see yourself having an impact,” says Salganik, the executive notes editor for the Columbia Law Review.
Earlier this year, Salganik was awarded a two-year Skadden Fellowship. Following graduation, he will return to the Community Service Society, where he plans to help secure reduced bill payments for uninsured hospital patients. Salganik anticipates that the recently passed health care bill, which mandates coverage for 32 million previously uninsured people, will generate plenty of work. “It’s a long time before the health care bill implementation happens, but I think we’ll be spending a lot of time gearing up for that,” Salganik said. “There’s a ton of work to do. Passing the law was just the beginning.”