George Washington University

Kellen Russoniello

Kellen Russoniello was born and raised in Spokane, Washington. During his time at Eastern Washington University, he developed a passion for drug abuse/addiction studies and drug law reform, and also interned with two different prevention service providers. He graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2009. That fall, he began pursuing his JD and MPH at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. He graduated in the spring of 2013 as a Thurgood Marshall Scholar and Health Policy Chair’s Policy Scholar. At the end of his first year, he founded GW Law SSDP and served as president for two years. He joined the SSDP Board of Directors in March of 2012. Kellen has interned with the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, the ACLU of Washington, and the Drug Policy Alliance. He drafted Good Samaritan legislation for the District of Columbia, which took effect in March of 2013. He is currently working with allies to educate DC residents about the law. Kellen also volunteered with Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive, the District Record Sealing Service, and Street Law while a graduate student. His first publication, which focuses on decriminalization of drugs in Portugal and Mexico, was published in the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics in the fall of 2012. Kellen plans to take the California Bar Exam and move to San Diego in the summer of 2013. Kellen is now the Health Policy Fellow at the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties.


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911 Good Samaritan Legislation Introduced in Washington, DC

Creating a more sensible DC

Posted on: April 19, 2012

A bill that would provide immunity from legal repercussions for minor drug offenses when calling for emergency aid during an overdose was introduced in the Council of the District of Columbia on Tuesday. Council members Phil Mendelson and Tommy Wells … more