Current and Past Fellows

Current Fellows

Polsinelli Healthcare Law Fellow

Haley Essner

Haley Essner (2021-2023)

Haley Essner joined the KU General Counsel’s office and University of Kansas Health System in June 2021 as a Healthcare Law Fellow. Haley previously completed an externship program with Ascension and worked with a nonprofit organization, Missouri Appleseed, on health law issues related to the criminal justice system. Haley earned a B.S. in Finance with a minor in Business Law from Southeast Missouri State University and a J.D. with a Health Law concentration from Saint Louis University School of Law.

Husch Blackwell Higher Education Law Fellow

Noel Fisher

Noel Fisher (2022-2024)

Noel joined the Office of the General Counsel in June 2022 after being selected for the Husch Blackwell Higher Education Law Fellowship.  A collaboration between the University of Kansas and the firm of Husch Blackwell, Noel’s primary role is serving as a seconded attorney to the Office of the General Counsel on the campus of the University of Kansas, working directly with KU General Counsel attorneys on a broad range of legal issues facing higher education, the University of Kansas and its affiliates.  With a passion for the work of universities, Noel has long hoped to build a career in the higher education world. He’s excited by the positive impact schools have on both their students and their communities, and as a Lawrence native, he’s especially glad to serve the university that has shaped his own hometown. With a love of solving complex problems, he’s also well-suited to navigate the multifaceted structure of a major state university.  A 2021 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law, Noel previously served as a Judicial Law Clerk at the Missouri Court of Appeals prior to returning to the Lawrence/Kansas City area.

Past Fellows

Higher Education Law Fellow

Marissa Hotujac

Marissa Hotujac (2020-2022)

Marissa Hotujac joined the General Counsel’s office in June 2020 as a Higher Education Law Fellow. Marissa previously clerked with the Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division in Washington, D.C., the KU General Counsel’s office, the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office, and the Third Judicial District Court in Topeka, Kansas. Marissa also served as a Staff Article Editor for the University of Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy. Marissa earned a B.A. in Communication from Truman State University and a J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law. 

Marissa joined Husch Blackwell in 2022 and currently represents educational institutions in litigation involving civil rights, class action claims and employment disputes. She also assists with policy review, provides counsel on compliance with education-related statutes and regulations, and guides clients through both internal and government investigations.


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