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National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership, Department of Health Policy, George Washington University
Ellen Lawton, Esq., leads the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership at the Department of Health Policy at George Washington University’s School of Public Health and Health Services. She is also the lead advisor for Walmart legal department’s signature pro bono medical-legal partnership initiative. An expert in poverty law generally, Ms. Lawton edited the 2011 textbook, Poverty, Health & Law: Readings from Medical-Legal Partnership. A co-founder of the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership, Ms. Lawton is internationally recognized for her leadership in developing the medical-legal partnership model, and has published an array of articles describing this work in both clinical and legal journals.
Ms. Lawton received the 2011 Innovations in Legal Services Award from the National Legal Aid and Defender Association and is a member of the Blue Ribbon Commission for Public-Private Action. She is chair of the board of directors at Health Imperatives and a member of the board of directors of Community Resources for Justice. She was a 2004 Harvard Law School Wasserstein Fellow. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Jon, and two sons, Louis and Charlie.