About our Medical Legal Partnerships

Medical Legal Partnerships


The medical-legal partnership (MLP) model combines health and legal services at a single site of care to address social determinants of health and provide holistic care.

Our work spans across the continuum of care and life experiences serving eight patient populations. YLS students who participate in an MLP are supervised by an MLP attorney and collaborate across disciplines with physicians, nurses, social workers, community health workers, and other experts, and meet with patients at local health clinics to help address legal needs like access to government programs, housing, employment, immigration, and family law matters.

Several of these MLPs partner with legal service organizations in the area, including New Haven Legal Assistance Association, the Center for Children’s Advocacy, and Connecticut Veterans Legal Center.

The Solomon Center runs student participation in the following MLPs:

Our MLPs

The Geriatric MLP is the first law school-based MLP and targets legal services to the elderly in collaboration with medical providers, elder service organizations, and elder justice policy advocates. Doctor Richard Marottoli of the Dorothy Adler Geriatric Assessment Clinic at Yale New Haven Hospital and Doctor James Lai, the Associate Chief of Clinical Affairs for Geriatric Affairs at the Yale School of Medicine, serve as the medical partners for the clinic, screening their patients for social legal needs and refer them to this MLP. The major health-harming legal issues the MLP aims to address are elder abuse, public benefits, housing conditions, and estate planning.

The Haven MLP is a partnership with HAVEN, a free clinic operated by Yale medical students every Saturday for uninsured patients, the great majority of whom are also undocumented immigrants. Law student volunteers work onsite at the clinic and meet directly with patients to conduct legal screenings.  Volunteers provide advice, referrals, or representation, depending on the situation.  Common legal issues include immigration, wage theft, landlord/tenant concerns, and domestic violence. Law students also provide legal training to other Haven volunteers and collaborate with community organizations on campaigns for structural change.

The Oncology MLP works with breast cancer patients at the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven Hospital.  Students in the Oncology MLP work with social workers and nurses to screen patients for legal needs.  This MLP addresses a wide range of legal issues, including employment, public benefits, immigration, and housing.

The Solomon Center and Day Pitney LLP partner to provide civil legal services to palliative care and cancer patients at the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH). Students in the Palliative Care MLP conduct intake interviews with clients and draft desired documents, such as wills, power-of-attorney agreements, guardianship, and advanced health care directives. Depending on patients’ needs, students may also work on real-estate transactions and guardianship issues.

The Pediatric MLP is a partnership between the Center for Childrens Advocacy, the Pediatric Primary Care Center at Yale New Haven Hospital, and Yale Law Students, who work together on legal issues, as well as policy and advocacy to address housing conditions,/instability, and education access. In 2013, the Center for Children’s Advocacy (CCA) established an MLP in the pediatric primary care center at Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH), focusing on issues of childhood poverty and access to services. One student each semester participates in this MLP and works directly with a CCA attorney, Alice Rosenthal. Students engage in both direct client services—working with physicians in the clinic to identify patient-specific and systemic issues, as well as policy research and advocacy.

The Pediatric Gender MLP is one of the first gender MLPs in the country. This MLP, in partnership with the Yale Pediatric Gender Clinic, assists patients and families with consultations and training on name and gender marker change, education on gender expression, and provides legal support for families with children receiving gender-based care at Yale New Haven Hospital. 

The Transitions MLP is based in the Transitions Clinic in the adult primary care center at Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH) that serves those returning home from prison on issues like public benefits, housing, and employment. Law students screen patients for health-harming legal needs, train residents, patients, and other medical providers on the rights of patients, and participate in community campaigns for structural change.

Connecticut Veterans Legal Center (CVLC) operates an MLP at VA Connecticut’s Errera Community Care Center (ECCC). Students work directly with the attorneys at CVLC to provide direct client services and to engage in research and advocacy on relevant policy issues. This clinic provides services such as debt, benefits denials, eviction, unemployment, housing insecurity, and discharge upgrades.

Leading MLP Staff Members

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James Bhandary-Alexander

MLP Legal Director, Clinical Lecturer in Law, and Research Scholar

Emily Rock

Emily Rock

Senior Clinical Fellow

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Rebecca Iannantuoni

Palliative Care MLP

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Christy Fisher

Senior Counsel, Veterans' MLP

Dr. Richard Marottoli

Geriatric MLP

Dr. Andrea Silber

Oncology MLP

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Dr. Emily Wang

Transitions MLP

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Dr. Lisa Puglisi

Transitions MLP

Dr. Ada Fenick

Pediatric Care MLP

Kathryn Scheinberg Meyer

Pediatric Care MLP