Elon Law expert named inaugural scholar for addiction policy program

Assistant Professor Taleed El-Sabawi will lend her expertise to the Addiction & Public Policy Initiative at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center.

Assistant Professor Taleed El-Sabawi

An Elon University School of Law faculty member has been named the inaugural Research Scholar of a prestigious research program based in Washington.

Assistant Professor Taleed El-Sabawi has joined the Addiction & Public Policy Initiative at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center, an affiliation that brings with it the opportunity to collaborate directly with top health law and policy scholars on pressing addiction policy issues, in an effort to create meaningful change.

The Addiction & Public Policy Initiative works to advance a public health approach to substance use disorders and the overdose epidemic through legal and policy strategies that promote evidence based treatment and recovery. El-Sabawi will be engaged in projects focused on translating research into actionable public policy, conducting novel research and contributing to the addiction policy scholarship landscape.

The Addiction & Public Policy Initiative is led by Regina LaBelle, who is currently on leave to serve in the Biden-Harris Administration as the Acting Director of the White House Office of Drug Control Policy.

“For too long, addiction policy has been motivated by racism, classism and hate,” El-Sabawi said. “I’m excited to work with some of the best minds in addiction policy to assist in developing the research we need to combat the unfounded, yet pervasive narratives of deviance and to offer instead, research to inform the creation of humane, person-centered policies in the addiction space.”

El-Sabawi has a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health, Health Services Management and Policy. She practiced law in California and Nevada after earning her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law, where she was articles editor of the Texas Journal on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights. El-Sabawi graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.

El-Sabawi has likewise dedicated significant time to mentoring Elon Law students. She and Madison Fields L’21 in June published “The Discounted Labor of BIPOC Students & Faculty” in the California Law Review Online.