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Yael Zakai Cannon

Visiting Associate Professor of Law

B.A., University of Maryland; J.D., Stanford

Yael Zakai Cannon is a Visiting Associate Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, and is also serving as Co-Director of the Georgetown University Medical-Legal...

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Yael Zakai Cannon is a Visiting Associate Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, and is also serving as Co-Director of the Georgetown University Medical-Legal Partnership with Professor Vicki Girard. Professor Cannon is on leave from the University of New Mexico School of Law, where she is an Associate Professor and teaches in the Community Lawyering Clinic, a medical-legal partnership with the UNM Health Sciences Center, in which law students represent low-income children and families in a variety of different poverty law matters. She also teaches doctrinal and experiential courses outside of the clinic, including Children’s Law.

Professor Cannon co-founded the UNM Center on Child and Family Justice, which pursues justice, racial equity, health, and well-being for vulnerable children and families and recently served as Co-Chair of the John Paul Taylor Taskforce, created by the New Mexico legislature to focus on the prevention of child maltreatment and the development of an early childhood system of behavioral health care. She previously taught at the American University Washington College of Law as a Practitioner-in-Residence in the Disability Rights Law Clinic.

In practice, Professor Cannon worked as a Senior Attorney with the Health Access Project at the Children’s Law Center in Washington, D.C., where she represented parents and caregivers in a variety of poverty law cases through a medical-legal partnership with Children’s National Medical Center and advocated for improved policies and laws in various child-serving systems. Cannon graduated with distinction from Stanford Law School and summa cum laude from the University of Maryland with B.A. degrees in History and African American Studies. Her research focuses on the intersections of health and justice and the ways in which the law can address social determinants of health to ensure better outcomes for children and families living in poverty.

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