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April 12, 2011

Service to Medical-Legal Partnerships Honored

Attorney and non-profits were honored by the _ for medical-legal service partnerships (L-R, Award recipients noted with asterisk): Kelly Scott-Flood: project director and staff attorney, ABA Medical-Legal Partnerships Pro Bono Support Project, Ike Willet: Baker & Daniels LLP*, Mallory Curran: director of health and government benefits, Manhattan Legal Services*, Jay Sicklick: deputy director, Center for Children's Advocacy; director, Medical-Legal Partnership Project*, Ellen Lawton: executive director, National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership, Randy Retkin: executive director, LegalHealth*, Megan Sandel, MD, MPH: medical director, National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership

Attorneys and non-profits were honored by the _ for medical-legal service partnerships (L-R, award recipients noted with asterisk): Kelly Scott-Flood: project director and staff attorney, ABA Medical-Legal Partnerships Pro Bono Support Project; Ike Willet: Baker & Daniels LLP*; Mallory Curran: director of health and government benefits, Manhattan Legal Services*; Jay Sicklick: deputy director, Center for Children's Advocacy, director, Medical-Legal Partnership Project*; Ellen Lawton: executive director, National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership; Randy Retkin: executive director, LegalHealth*; Megan Sandel, MD, MPH: medical director, National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership.

Volunteer attorneys, law firms and corporate law departments enhance the lives of individuals and families by developing, supporting and participating in medical-legal partnerships, an innovative way to provide legal services, which improves patients’ lives and builds healthier communities.

Medical-legal pro bono partners provide direct legal services to patients; support for systemic advocacy projects; site coordination and networking; and research and technical assistance projects unique to the medical-legal community.

To recognize the role pro bono partners play in expanding the value of medical-legal partnerships, the _ Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service established the Outstanding Medical-Legal Partnership Pro Bono Advocacy Award.

The 2011 ABA award was presented at the Annual Medical-Legal Partnership Summit. Additional medical-legal partnership awards honored Medical-Legal Partnership Project (Hartford, Conn.); Legal Health (New York); Baker & Daniels LLP; and Mallory Curran, for her work as an individual advocate.

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