About Us

Sean Bland

Sean Bland, JD, is a Senior Associate at the O’Neill Institute and works on HIV/AIDS law and policy initiatives. He holds a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and German Studies from Yale University.

Prior to joining the O’Neill Institute, Sean was a litigation associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP in New York and Washington DC. He also worked for two years as a research associate at The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health, where he helped to coordinate research projects focused on social and behavioral factors affecting HIV transmission among gay and bisexual men and transgender individuals. Additionally, he has served as a law clerk with the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, the American Psychological Association, and Lambda Legal, where he held the 2011 Tyron Garner Memorial Fellowship for African-American LGBT Civil Rights.

Selected Presentations

Sean Bland. HIV Criminalization and the Opioid Crisis: Where We Are Now and Where We Want to Be. November 30, 2017.

Bruner, Daniel, Terrance Moore, Carmel Shachar, Sean Bland, Schott Schoettes. HIV Treatment and Prevention in the Trump Era: An Update. Presentation at the National LGBT Bar Association Lavender Law Conference. August 3, 2017.

Bland, Sean et al. No Entry: A History of Exclusion in US Refugee Policy. Presentation at the Georgetown University Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. April 20, 2017.

Bland, Sean and Hayley Scheer. HIV Criminalization in the United States: A Call to Action. November 29, 2016.

Bland, Sean E, Catherine Hanssens, and Jason Lydon. Policing HIV, Gender, and Sexuality: Recent Data on Criminal Enforcement and Conditions of Confinement [webinar]. June 22, 2016.

Selected Publications


Crowley, Jeffrey S, S Bland, and C Garner. The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program: Protecting and Advancing HIV Public Health Gains During Health System Reform. Washington, DC: O’Neill Institute/Georgetown Law, 2017.


Bland, SE, and Jeffrey S Crowley. "Blueprint for HIV Biomedical Prevention: State of the State." NMAC (2016).

Bland, SE, Jeffrey S Crowley, and Lawrence O Gostin. "Strategies for Health System Innovation After Gobeille v Liberty Mutual Insurance Company." JAMA 316(6) (2016): 581-582.