National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership (NCMLP)


Primary geographic focus: NATIONAL
Organization type(s): Research/Policy/Organizing
Acronym or short name: NCMLP
Tags: Health Care, Medical-Legal Partnerships


Press Release

New Fellowship Launched to Build Healthcare Expertise Among Civil Legal Aid Leaders

National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership (NCMLP), GWU Milken Institute School of Public Health
March 5, 2014
The National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership and NLADA announced a new fellowship designed to build healthcare expertise in the legal aid community.


Blog Post

What’s Law Got to Do with It? How Medical-Legal Partnerships Reduce Barriers to Health

Ellen Lawton, Megan Sandel
Culture of Health Blog
July 8, 2015
Remedying health problems are often related to legal problems. New partnerships between civil legal aid and hospitals are forming across the country to break down social barriers.


Why doctors are prescribing legal aid for patients in need

Jackie Judd
PBS News Hour
September 2, 2015
Across the country, many medical systems have begun establishing special legal partnerships. Lawyers become allies for disadvantaged patients who need help navigating problems with landlords and insurers.

Blog Post

Presidential Memorandum Draws Link Between Civil Legal Aid and Social Conditions of Health

Ellen Lawton
Huffington Post
December 2, 2015
The Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable will coordinate among federal programs that help the vulnerable and underserved, and advance relevant evidence-based research, data collection, and analysis of civil legal aid.

Blog Post

When Legal Assistance Can Improve Health

Lonnie A. Powers
Huffington Post
June 1, 2016
Civil legal aid organizations have long demonstrated expertise in identifying and rectifying the environmental factors that adversely impact the health and safety of vulnerable and underserved communities.


One reason so many veterans are homeless? They can’t afford lawyers.

Martha Bergmark, Ellen Lawton
Washington Post
July 8, 2016
New research shows that vets are losing their homes and missing out on crucial benefits because they lack legal aid. Medical-legal partnerships and other civil legal-aid interventions for veterans show the promise of a holistic approach to veterans care.


Making the Right Connections

Katy Reckdahl
April 21, 2017
A health center in New Orleans has partnered with a legal services agency to better help patients by addressing the social determinants of health. This “medical-legal partnership” is part of a growing trend that’s taking place across the nation.

News Story

Hospitals are increasingly adding legal services to the patient experience

Michelle Andrews
Kaiser Health News (KHN)
June 6, 2017
Roughly 300 healthcare systems, children’s hospitals and federally qualified health centers have set up these programs, said Ellen Lawton, co-director of the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership.

News Story

Why Some Doctor’s Offices Double as Legal Clinics

Rebecca Gale
April 4, 2018
Pregnant women have rights, but enforcing them takes resources.


Opioid recovery teams benefit from the addition of lawyers

Gregory Singleton, Jay Chaudhary
May 29, 2018
One important lesson we have learned in treating people with substance use disorders is that we can’t just rely on an excellent clinical team — we also need lawyers to help address critical social issues that arise for our patients during recovery.

Blog Post

Big Ideas in Social Change, 2014

Tina Rosenberg
New York Times (NYT)
December 11, 2014
NYT Opinionator blog Fixes column cites medical-legal partnerships as one of the biggest ideas in social change of 2014.

Blog Post

We’re Asking Health Care to Fix Something It Didn’t Break

Ellen Lawton, Megan Sandel
Huffington Post
June 5, 2014
If we are going to ask health care to do more to prevent illness then we have to be honest about where poor health originates, and we have to give doctors and nurses tools and partners to treat the problems they identify.


When Poverty Makes You Sick, a Lawyer Can Be the Cure

Tina Rosenberg
New York Times (NYT)
July 17, 2014
Good introduction to medical-legal partnerships, explaining how they help people, doctors and lawyers. From the NYT Opinionator "Fixes" blog.

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