Yael Cannon is Director of the Health Justice Alliance Clinic and Co-Director of the Georgetown University Health Justice Alliance. The Alliance is a new medical-legal partnership between Georgetown University Law Center and Medical Center to develop the next generation of leaders in law and medicine to address legal barriers to health and well-being for children and families living in poverty. Professor Cannon is serving as a Visiting Associate Professor at Georgetown Law while on leave from the University of New Mexico School of Law, where she is an Associate Professor and teaches in the Community Lawyering Clinic, one of the nation’s leading academic medical-legal partnerships. At UNM she also teaches doctrinal and experiential courses outside of the clinic, including Children’s Law. Professor Cannon recently secured a $2.6 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to co-found the UNM Center for Child and Family Justice, a partnership with the UNM Health Sciences Center, to pursue justice, racial equity, health, and well-being for vulnerable children and families. She co-chaired the New Mexico legislature’s J. Paul Taylor Early Childhood Taskforce aimed at developing a comprehensive behavioral health system of care for young children. Professor Cannon previously taught at the American University Washington College of Law in the Disability Rights Law Clinic.
In practice, Professor Cannon worked as a Senior Attorney at the Children’s Law Center in Washington, D.C., where she provided legal services at a Children’s National Medical Center pediatric clinic and engaged in policy advocacy on behalf of children and families living in poverty. She 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 ways in which the law, in collaboration with other disciplines, can be used to improve health and justice outcomes for children and families who have experienced trauma, poverty, and disability.
Jane Aiken, Dean of Clinical Education, Public Interest and Community Service and Co-Director of the Health Justice Alliance Clinic, joined the Georgetown faculty in the Fall 2007 after ten years at Washington University School of Law where she was the William M. Van Cleve Professor of Law. She was a Root-Tilden Scholar and graduated from New York University School of Law. She received her LLM from Georgetown Law Center as a fellow in the Center for Applied Legal Studies.
She is well-known for her work in clinical legal education and evidence. Her work in clinics has involved a wide array of legal issues focusing on abuse of power. These cases included domestic violence against women and children, clemency and parole, police brutality, municipal violations involving resisting arrest , appeals of benefit denials, and habeas and Section 1983 complex litigation. Professor Aiken has taught evidence for 20 years. She is a member of the ABA Council on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar. She is an American Bar Foundation Fellow and a member of the American Law Institute. She was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Tribhuvan Law Campus in Kathmandu, Nepal and continues her work there, particularly in the area of women’s rights. In 2000 and 2001, Professor Aiken was a Carnegie Scholar in the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Her research and writing include many articles about character evidence, domestic violence, and clinical pedagogy.
Katherine Wallat is a clinical teaching fellow and supervising attorney at the Health Justice Alliance Clinic. Prior to joining the the clinic, Katie was a staff attorney at Bread for the City. In that role, Katie represented individual low-income clients in landlord tenant matters and criminal record sealing. Katie also performed outreach on DC’s new Ban the Box law (the Fair Criminal Record Screening Act of 2014) by forming partnerships with community organizations and halfway houses, and represented clients in Ban the Box matters at the Office of Human Rights. Katie has also worked in private practice, at the civil rights law firm Heller, Huron, Chertkof, and Salzman, representing and advising clients on employment discrimination matters. Katie was previously a Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow at the National Women’s Law Center, where she focused on national policies affecting low-income women and children. Before law school, Katie served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member and then Program Coordinator at Turning the Page, a nonprofit focused on parental involvement in DC’s public schools.
Katie graduated cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center. She received her undergraduate degree in the Biological Sciences from Carnegie Mellon University.
Jessica Millward is a clinical teaching fellow at the Health Justice Alliance Clinic. Prior to joining Georgetown Law, Jessica was a managing attorney at Montana Legal Services Association. As managing attorney, Jessica led staff and attorneys in high-quality, client-centered legal services in a high-volume practice. Jessica started at Montana Legal Services as an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Law Fellow, serving as an attorney in a Medical-Legal Partnership with a community-based health center. Throughout her five-year tenure at Montana Legal Services, Jessica primarily represented low-income clients in public benefits matters while performing other advocacy work including outreach to seasonal and migrant farmworkers and representation of individuals in landlord-tenant and end-of-life matters. As one of the only attorneys in the state practicing public benefits law, Jessica focused on impact driven cases that would change the lives of her clients and others utilizing benefits programs.
Jessica graduated from American University Washington College of Law. As an undergraduate, she received dual degrees in Political Science and English Literature from Trinity College in Connecticut. She is licensed to practice in Massachusetts, Montana, and New York and is pending admission to the District of Columbia bar.
Nicole Tuchinda is a Clinical Teaching Fellow and Supervising Attorney at the Health Justice Alliance Clinic. Prior to joining this clinic, she was a Clinical Instructor and Supervising Attorney in the Juvenile and Special Education Law Clinic at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. Working with Professors William Montross and Joe Tulman, she taught and supervised law students as they represented parents, children, and youth in special education, school discipline, juvenile justice, and persons in need of supervision cases. She also conducted local projects aimed at promoting positive systems change to help traumatized children succeed at school. Nicole's recent volunteer activities have included mentoring and advocating for a foster child as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and serving on the board of a non-profit that services homeless families and individuals in Laurel (Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services, Inc.).
Previously, Nicole spent two years representing parents and children pro bono as a solo practitioner in special education, custody, guardian ad litem, adoption, domestic violence, and child support cases in the District of Columbia. She was also an associate at Ropes & Gray, LLP for four years; clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Zilly; and litigated as an Assistant Chief Counsel at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. She obtained a J.D. with honors at George Washington University Law School; an M.D. at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; and a B.A. cum laude at Yale College.
Lisa Kessler is the program manager for the Health Justice Alliance which includes direct oversight of programs associated with the clinic. Prior to joining Georgetown Law, Lisa was an associate in CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield’s leadership development program, where she rotated through various business units to understand opportunities and challenges and contributed on high level strategic projects. Lisa previously worked at Georgetown Law as the program coordinator in the Community Justice Project, where she refined and enhanced the clinic's work with nonprofit clients, and at LIFT-DC, where she trained and supervised college students working one-on-one with low-income community members to chart a path out of poverty. As an undergraduate, she interned at the Medical-Legal Partnership at Boston Medical Center, the founding site of the national medical-legal partnership network, where she assisted clients with housing issues negatively impacting their health.
Lisa received her Master’s in Business Administration from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. She received her undergraduate degree in Community Health and Spanish from Tufts University.