2023 MLP Conference

Medical-Legal Partnerships conference 2013 logo

On March 2-3, 2023, the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy at Yale Law School, the Georgetown University Health Justice Alliance, and Penn State Dickinson Law will co-host a conference, Medical-Legal Partnerships: Equity, Evaluation and Evolution.

The conference will convene the most experienced, thoughtful, and innovative MLP scholars, researchers, and clinical teachers for a series of panels and workshops to discuss the most important topics in MLP, including racial justice, data and research, policy impact, and the path forward for our academic MLP movement.

In conjunction with the conference, the host organizations will be guest editing a special issue of The Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics. We issued a Call for Papers. Authors have been contacted about presenting at the conference and/or publishing their papers in the JLME symposium issue.

Registration is now open! This event is free to attend, but space is limited.

See below for full conference schedule.

Please reach out to James Bhandary-Alexader, Medical-Legal Partnership Legal Director at james.bhandary-alexander@yale.edu with any questions you might have.



12:00 PM                   New Haven Pizza and MLP Community Tour

James Bhandary-Alexander will lead a short community health walking tour of downtown New Haven that includes visits and conversations with MLP leaders and students, community and healthcare organizations, and public officials, as well as a lunch featuring world-famous New Haven pizza. Registration required. Please RSVP here for the tour.

4:00 PM                    Day One Welcome and Keynote


  • Bill Aseltyne, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Yale New Haven Health

  • Katherine Kraschel, Executive Director, Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy, Yale Law School

Keynote Speakers:

  • Dayna Bowen Matthew, Dean and Harold H. Greene Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School
  • Philip Alberti, Founding Director, AAMC Center for Health Justice


8:00 - 8:45                 Breakfast 

8:45 - 9:00                 Day Two Welcome

  • Abbe R. Gluck '00, Alfred M. Rankin Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy, Yale Law School; and Professor of Internal Medicine (General Medicine), Yale MSchool of Medicine
  • James Bhandary-Alexander, MLP Legal Director, Clinical Lecturer in Law, and Research Scholar, Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy, Yale Law School 

9:00 - 10:10              Panel 1 – Evaluating MLPs: Innovation and Current Research


  • Andrew F. Beck, Attending Physician, Division of General & Community Pediatrics and Division of Hospital Medicine, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital; Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati Department of Pediatrics


  • Lisa Radtke Bliss, Director, Health Law Partnership Legal Services Clinic; Clinical Professor, Center for Access to Justice, Center for Law, Health & Society, HeLP Legal Services Clinic, Georgia State University College of Law
  • Griffin Jones, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Lynette B. Martins, Senior Research Fellow, Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy, Yale Law School
  • Barak D. Richman, Katharine T. Bartlett Professor of Law and Professor of Business Administration, Duke Law School
  • Erika Silverman, JD/MPH Candidate, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

10:10 -10:20               Break

10:20 - 11:30              Panel 2 – Moving from Individual Impacts to Policy Impact


  • Bethany Hamilton, Co-Director, National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership (NCMLP


  • Kara R. Finck, Practice Professor of Law and Director of Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
  • Kate Mitchell,Clinical Professor of Law and Director, Health Justice Project, Loyola University of Chicago School of Law
  • Lisa Puglisi, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Core Faculty, Yale Program in Addiction in Medicine, Yale School of Medicine
  • William Sage, Professor of Law, Medicine, and Public Service, Schools of Law, Medicine, and Government, Texas A&M University
  • Jay Sicklick, Deputy Director, Center for Children's Advocacy; Deputy Director, Medical-Legal Partnership Project

11:30 -11:40              Break

11:40 – 12:50            Panel 3 – The Role of MLP in Advancing Racial Justice


  • Medha D. Makhlouf, Elsie de R. and Samuel P. Orlando Distinguished Professor; Associate Professor of Law; Founding Director, Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic, Penn State Dickinson Law; Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, Penn State College of Medicine


  • Megha Garg, Associate Professor, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
  • Danielle Pelfrey DuryeaDirector, Health Justice Practicum and Compliance Policy Clinic, Boston University School of Law
  • Tomar Pierson-Brown, Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusive Excellence and Clinical Associate Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • Dina Shek, Faculty Specialist, William S. Richardson School of Law (University of Hawai'i); Legal Director, Medical-Legal Partnership for Children in Hawai’i

1:00 – 2:00                  Lunch

2:15 – 3:45                  Panel 4 – Conversation on the Future of Academic MLPs


  • Vicki W. Girard, Co-Director, Health Justice Alliance, and Professor of Law, Legal Practice, Georgetown Law
  • Yael Zakai Cannon, Co-Director of Health Justice Alliance and Associate Professor of Law, Georgetown Law


  • Deborah F. Perry, Director of Research and Evaluation and Professor, Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
  • Alice Setrini, Executive Director of Jaharis Health Law Institute, Depaul University College of Law
  • Joel Teitelbaum, Co-Director, National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership (NCMLP); Professor of Health Policy and Director, Hirsh Health Law and Policy Program, The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health
  • Liz Tobin-Tyler, Associate Professor of Family Medicine; Associate Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice, Brown University
  • Emily Wang, Professor of Medicine and of Public Health; Director of Seiche Center for Health and Justice, Yale School of Medicine

3:45 - 4:00                  Break

4:00 - 5:00                  Concurrent Sessions

  Workshop I - Connecting Scholarly MLP Research to Decisionmakers and the Public


  Workshop II - MLP Medical Champions Conversation


  • Ada Fenick, Associate Professor of Pediatrics (General Pediatrics); Medical Director, School Based Health Centers, Pediatrics; Editor, Yale Primary Care Pediatrics Curriculum; Associate Director for Pediatrics, Medical School Clerkship in Biopsychosocial Approach to Health; Medical Director, Medical-Legal Partnership Project
  • Richard Marottoli, Professor of Medicine, Yale School of Medicine; Medical Director, Dorothy Adler Geriatric Assessment Center, Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Lisa Puglisi, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Core Faculty, Yale Program in Addiction in Medicine, Yale School of Medicine
  • Andrea Silber, Professor of Clinical Medicine; Associate CEHE Director, Clinical Research, Yale School of Medicine
  • Rahul Vanjani, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Clinical Educator, Brown University

5:10 – 5:30                  Concluding Remarks

5:30 – 7:00                  Reception


The following speakers and their co-authors will publish papers in the conference issue of the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics (JLME):

  • Andrew Beck - A data-driven approach to optimizing performance of a medical-legal partnership and recognizing opportunities for joint advocacy
  • Lisa Radtke Bliss - Research and Data Collection and What the MLP Movement Can Learn From it: Applying a Social Ecological Model to MLP Research
  • Yael Zakai Cannon - The Academic MLP Partnership
  • Kara R. Finck - Family Regulation and Medical-Legal Partnerships: An Opportunity for Transformation
  • Megha Garg – Intersectionality and Ethics in Medical-Legal Partnerships for Complex Care Patients
  • Vicki W. Girard – The Academic MLP Partnership
  • Griffin Jones - The last piece of the puzzle that makes all the difference in the world: MLPs help reproductive care teams pursue health equity and justice
  • Dayna Bowen Matthew – TBD
  • Kate Mitchell – Medical-Legal Partnerships Reinvigorate Systems Lawyering Using an Upstream Approach
  • Deborah F. Perry - The Academic MLP Partnership
  • Lisa Puglisi – Transitions: Medical-Legal Partnerships, mass incarceration, and health
  • Barak D. Richman – Making a Case for an MLP at an Academic Medical Center
  • William Sage - Workflow, Information, and Payment: Aligning MLP Services with US Healthcare Delivery
  • Alice Setrini – The importance of integrating core principles of racial justice advocacy in the design and implementation of Medical-Legal Partnerships
  • Dina Shek – MLPs and the Promotion of Community Power
  • Erika Silverman - Empirical Support for the Implementation of Medical-Legal Partnership Training in a Neurology Residency Program
  • Liz Tobin-Tyler – TBD
  • Rahul Vanjani – TBD


Presented by Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy at Yale Law School, Georgetown University Health Justice Alliance, and Penn State Dickinson Law

with Partners ~

  • National Academy of Social Insurance
  • Yale Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation Yale Health Law & Policy Society
  • Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies
  • Yale School of Management Colloquium in Healthcare Leadership

This event is supported by The Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fund at Yale Law School