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Articles & Reports

How Bioethics Can Enrich Medical-Legal Collaborations Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics (December 2010)

For the Public’s Health: The Role of Measurement in Action and Accountability (December 2010)

Health Benefits of Legal Services for Criminalized Populations: The Case of People Who Use Drugs, Sex Workers and Sexual and Gender Minorities Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics (December 2010)

National Health Policy Forum Report

AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange: Provider-Lawyer Partnerships Enhance Access to Health-Related Legal Services For Low-Income Rural Patients, Leading To Favorable Resolutions For The Client

A medical-legal partnership as a component of a palliative care model (April 2010)

The Attorney As the Newest Member of the Cancer Treatment Team (Journal of Clinical Oncology)

Developing the Connection Between Law and Public Health (December 2009)

Dr. Steven Blatt, medical director of the Syracuse Medical-Legal Partnership, testifies before the Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Services in New York September 29, 2010
Dr. Blatt discusses what it means to live in poverty, the range of issues confronting patients in poverty and how MLP helps them meet their basic needs.

Earning More, Receiving Less: Loss of Benefits and Child Hunger

From principle to practice: moving from human rights to legal rights to ensure child health Barry Zuckerman, Ellen Lawton and Samantha Morton (2007)

Health, Housing, and Hunger Prevention: the Building Blocks of Childhood Success (March 25, 2010)

Innovations in Healthcare: Medical-Legal Partnership Help Vulnerable People Get and Stay Healthy

Medical-Legal Partnerships: Addressing Competency Needs Through Lawyers (December 2009)

Medical-Legal Partnership | Philadelphia: Meeting Basic Needs and Reducing Health Disparities by Integrating Legal Services into the Healthcare Setting

Medical-Legal Partnerships: Addressing the Unmet Legal Needs of Health Center Patients (September 2010)

MLP Policy Update
Deputy Administrator Marcia Brand of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) discussed how MLPs can help to eliminate health disparities in her testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health on September 14, 2010.
Click here to read HRSA’s testimony.

Rx for Hunger

Utility Access and Health: a Medical-Legal Partnership Patients-to-Policy Case Study (March 2010)

Wellness Program: Medical-Legal Partnerships Pinpoint the Legal Causes of Patient Ills (April 2010)

Trainings & Materials

ABA Resolution in Support of Medical-Legal Partnerships (August 2007)

American Public Media Broadcast on one Medical-Legal Partnership Benefiting Pediatric Patients (April 10, 2008)

Bar Leader Toolkit: Medical Legal Partnerships (August 2009)

Barrier to Health: Malnutrition – Health Justice Project – Loyola Chicago Law (December 2010)

Conversation Between Attorneys and Pediatricians (March 2009)

Holistic Approaches to Advocacy: Creating a Medical-Legal Collaborative
(Workshop at 2004 Equal Justice Conference)

Hot Topics in Medical-Legal Partnership (Presentation by Paula Galowitz & Randye Redkin)
(Workshop at 2009 Equal Justice Conference)

Hot Topics in Medical-Legal Partnership (Presentation by Pamela Tames)
(Workshop at 2009 Equal Justice Conference)

Medical Legal Partnerships: A Model for Multidisciplinary Training of Doctors and Lawyers to Improve Health Outcomes
(Workshop at 2007 Equal Justice Conference)

Medical-Legal Partnership for Children in Durham – Legal Topics


National Center for Medical Legal Partnership Library

Poverty, Health and Law : Readings and Cases for Medical-Legal Partnership
Edited by Elizabeth Tobin Tyler, Ellen Lawton, Kathleen Conroy, Megan Sandel, and Barry S. Zuckerman
With forewords by Martha Minow, Dean of Harvard Law School, and James Marks, Senior Vice President at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
View table of contents (PDF)

Cover shot of Poverty, Health and Law

Poverty, Law, and Health: Addressing Social Determinants of HIV/AIDS through Medical-Legal Partnership (December 2010)

Promoting Health Through Preventive Law (MLP Pro Bono Overview) (The Medical Legal Partnership | Boston)

Request for IEP Meeting (December 2010)

Sample Education for Legal Providers (The Medical Legal Partnership | Boston)

MLP Site Information

Medical-Legal Partnerships at Law Schools - Syracuse (January 2011)

Update on the Community Advocacy Program (CAP) - Clevelamd (January 2011)

Medical Legal Partnership for Children - Durham (January 2011)

University of Michigan Law School Pediatric Advocacy Initiative (October 2010)

The Chicago Medical Legal Partnership for Children

Health Law Partnership – Brochure (Atlanta, GA)

KIDS LEGAL Medical Partnership – Brochure (Portland, ME)

Legal Aid for Children – Brochure (Royal Oak, MI)

Medical-Legal Partnership Project (Hartford, CT)

Medical-Legal Partnership (West Palm Beach)

Project Heal Johns Hopkins – Brochure (Baltimore, MD)

Project Heal Kennedy Krieger – Brochure (Baltimore, MD)

Montana Family Advocacy Project – PPT (Billings, MT)

National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership

Southern Illinois Health and Law Project (East St. Louis, IL)


In 1993 Dr. Barry Zuckerman, Chief of Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center, was moved by the plight of his patients to form a project now called the Medical-Legal Partnership for Children. Dr. Zuckerman had come to understand that lawyers could do more than a pediatrician to address the social factors affecting child health and stability . He appreciated that lawyers could help to ensure access to food stamps, fight illegal evictions, and protect families from abuse for children suffering from malnutrition, homelessness and exposure to violence.

As the program’s success attracted national attention, programs like it began sprouting up all across the country. In Boston and elsewhere there have been significant innovations, creativity and strengthening of relationships between legal services and pro bono programs, hospitals, law firms, health centers, and foundations.

The ABA is now developing a national support center to further extend the reach of this exciting legal services delivery model. In particular, the need for significant engagement by the private bar in supporting the medical-legal partnership model is seen as critical to the growth of these projects across the country.

In developing this initiative special consideration will be given to considering medical-legal partnerships in as broad a sense as possible both in terms of targeted populations (e.g. children, people with AIDS, people with cancer and many others) and the medical partner (hospitals, community health centers, nursing homes and more). The proposed partners, using the national platform of the ABA, are well positioned to take medical-legal partnerships to the next level.

Last Updated: 10/21/2010