Live Meetings

If you are presenting on medical-legal partnership at a national, regional, or statewide meeting and would like it included here, please email Erin Dexter at edexter@gwu.edu.at 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Eastern Time

Equal Justice Conference 
Hosted by the American Bar Association
May 10-12, 2018
San Diego, California
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Session: “Developing Partnerships for Legal Field Research”
*Time TBD*

Developing and launching field research in the legal profession requires significant coordination between service providers and investigators. Mutual understanding of each partner’s internal processes and objectives is vital to a successful operation. Learn from panelists representing three varied institutions about their experiences collaborating to improve empirical research in the law. Presenters: April Faith-Slaker, Amy Johnson, Ellen Lawton

Session: “Getting Back To Our Community Roots: Anchoring Legal Aid In Health Centers Through Medical-Legal Partnerships”
*Time TBD*

This session will offer a basic review of MLP components, but with a focus on community health centers. Participants will gain a nuanced understanding of the role of CHC’s in the healthcare landscape, and how emerging social determinants of health trends are increasing the relevance and interest in MLP for health centers. Participants will hear from national MLP experts who can reinforce the centrality of healthcare engagement and integration as the key to MLP success. Comments and case studies will reflect MLP activity in community health centers. Discussion will focus on how the MLP approach identifies legal needs directly associated with health issues. Presenters: Ellen Lawton, Courtney Powers

Session: “Tackling The Opioid Epidemic On Two Fronts Through Medical-Legal Partnership”
*Time TBD*

Using the framework of medical-legal partnership, this session will unpack the dynamics and challenges of the opioid epidemic, and describe emerging strategies to support substance use disorder initiatives by linking legal aid services with opioid related interventions. In particular, this session will explore the notion of access to civil legal aid through MLP as a “recovery support service,” as well as the logistical and ethical challenges presented by this framework. Speakers will offer insights from the legal and clinical settings, and help participants think about key strategies to reach this especially vulnerable group. Presenter: Jay Chaudhary

National Health Care for the Homeless Conference & Policy Symposium
Hosted by National Health Care for the Homeless Council
May 15-18, 2018
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Session: “Developing Medical-Legal Partnership in Health Care for the Homeless Programs”
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 10 – 11:30 a.m. Central Time

This workshop is for medical-legal partnerships at all stages of development, focusing on planning, implementation and sustainability of MLPs in Health Care for the Homeless health centers. Participants will hear from national MLP experts who can reinforce the centrality of healthcare engagement and integration as the key to MLP success. Participants will use the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership’s resources to identify steps to plan a new MLP or expand an existing MLP. Discussion focuses on how the MLP approach identifies legal needs directly associated with health issues with specific attention given to integrating MLP into the health setting. Presenters:Tillman Farley, Sharena Hagins, and Darlene Jenkins

Vital2018
Hosted by America’s Essential Hospitals 
June 20-22, 2018
San Francisco, California
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Session: “Building Capacity through Medical-Legal Partnerships”
Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Pacific Time

Medical-legal partnerships, which integrate public interest legal professionals into existing health care teams, can strengthen existing approaches or spearhead a health system’s strategy for addressing the social determinants of health. For example, providers can use MLP to build capacity to assist patients with housing, public benefits, health insurance, as well as legal aid related to immigrations, tenants’ rights, education, or employment issues. In this session, hear from Alameda Health System, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, and Harbor UCLA Medical Center about their innovative programs featuring MLPS, along with a perspective from the National Center. Presenters: Lee Anna Botkin, Dennis Hsieh, Juan Hurtado-Rodriguez, Ellen Lawton, and Helen Pagilagan