Medical-Legal Partnerships: Attorneys and Healthcare Providers Working Together to Help Veterans and Other Patients

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 92 minutes
Recorded Date: February 12, 2018
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1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Medical-Legal Partnership
  • VA Medical Center Medical-Legal Partnership
  • Vet Center Medical-Legal Partnership
Runtime: 1 hour and 32 minutes
Recorded: February 12, 2018


Medical-Legal Partnerships (MLPs) integrate attorneys in a health care setting to help patients navigate the complex legal system that often holds solutions to many social determinants of health— income supports for food, utility shut-off protection during cold winter months, and mold removal from the homes of asthmatic children. MLPs receive pro bono assistance from dozens of law firms and lawyers across the U.S.

This presentation will include a discussion by attorneys who work at MLPs located at Veterans Affairs (VA) medical services that serve veterans, including homeless and low-income veterans, as well as veterans with mental illnesses and other health conditions.

Speakers will discuss:
  • The integration of legal services into medical care and medical staffs through the Medical-Legal Partnerships model at VA and other medical facilities
  • The types of legal issues and patient populations served by Medical-Legal Partnerships at VA medical facilities
  • The role of corporate law departments, private practice and pro bono attorneys in Medical-Legal Partnerships

This program was recorded on February 12th, 2018.

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American Bar Association


Rose Carmen Goldberg

Skaedden Fellow
Swords to Plowhsares

Rose Carmen Goldberg is a Skadden Fellow at Swords to Plowshares. She is the legal director of a Medical-Legal Partnership with the Oakland Vet Center, a partnership that integrates legal services and mental health treatment for veterans. Her background includes health policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and legislative assistance at the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Krista Selnau

Coordinating Attorney
Pine Tree Legal Assistance

KRISTA M. SELNAU is a staff attorney with Pine Tree Legal Assistance and co-chair of the Veterans’ Law Section of the Maine State Bar Association. She is licensed in Arkansas.

Steven Scudder

Committee Counsel
American Bar Association

Mr. Scudder graduated from the Franklin Pierce Law School in 1983, was in private practice for a short time and then became director of the New Hampshire Pro Bono Program.

For 10 years he led that program and the Bar’s other lawyer referral and public service initiatives. Mr. Scudder had been doing consulting for the ABA Center for Pro Bono since 1986 and in 1994 was hired as the Center’s director. In 1996 he became Counsel to the ABA’s Pro Bono Committee. During the past 16 years he has led many successful national pro bono initiatives, has spoken and written extensively about pro bono, and has provided extensive consultation to programs across the country. Mr. Scudder is a recipient of the New Hampshire Bar Association’s L. Jonathan Ross Award for Outstanding Commitment to Legal Services (2011) and the National Association of Pro Bono’s William Reece Smith Jr. Special Services to Pro Bono Award (2008[s1] ).

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