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Jordan Heller, Associate general counsel, St. Luke’s Health System in Boise

jordan-hellerJordan Heller’s life and career came full circle when she landed right back where she started.

She’s the sixth generation of her family born at St. Luke’s Health System’s regional medical center in Boise but she’s the first in her family to call St. Luke’s her legal home.

The Harvard Law School alum and Princeton University graduate returned home with community on her mind.

“We really wanted to be a part of the community,” she says.

Her legal pedigree could have taken her anywhere but she ultimately decided it was people and not pedigree of profit that mattered most.

“I’ve kept these ties to the community. I knew the legal community (in Boise) was really something special,” she says.

“Like in college, I chose classes with great professors, I looked for a place to work with great people,” she says.

Heller stands as one of those greats. Her work took her from courtrooms to hospital rooms and now she’s in the real life classroom as the leader of St. Luke’s Legal Extern Program.

“Not only does Jordan’s work with young lawyers impact their lives, it impacts the lives of the whole of our profession and the communities we serve,” writes University of Idaho law lecturer, Katie Ball.

Heller’s mentoring aligns with a people-first philosophy that looks to raising others above self.

“A great leader is one who ultimately makes herself replaceable. She mentors her team members and provides them with the right experiences and tools so they are prepared to

rise to the next challenge,” she says of her philosophy.

The magna cum laude scholar racked up numerous moot court awards and rounds out her honors with a Gibson Dunn Pro Bono Achievement Award but looks to her behind-the-scenes work at St. Luke’s and raising a family as her greatest achievements.

She’s also no stranger to the higher courts. Heller successfully advocated before the United States Supreme Court by drafting and editing legal briefs and supported oral arguments in

Wal-Mart v. Dukes. The work lead to the United States Supreme Court’s reversal of certification of the largest class ever brought under Title VII.

Heller’s work with St. Luke’s doesn’t always put her in a courtroom but it does put her in a position where she can use the law to help advocate for patients’ needs. She helped launch the Pacific Cancer Research Consortium with St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute which aims to improve community access to lifesaving cancer care and clinical trials. She got the consortium up and running by negotiating the legal agreements to create and operationalize the consortium.

“Every day I get to see how my work impacts our patients and community.”

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