Yael Cannon is an Associate Professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where she is the Legal Director of the Georgetown University Health Justice Alliance (HJA), and directs the HJA Law Clinic. HJA is a 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 previously taught at the University of New Mexico (UNM) School of Law, where she was an Associate Professor and taught in the Community Lawyering Clinic, through which her students represented low-income patients of the UNM Medical Legal Alliance. At UNM, Professor Cannon helped to secure a $2.6 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to develop the UNM Child and Family Justice Initiative, 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 and served by appointment on the New Mexico Supreme Court’s Children’s Court Rules Committee. Professor Cannon previously taught as a Practitioner-in-Residence at the American University Washington College of Law in the Disability Rights Law Clinic. Before teaching, 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 as part of a medical-legal partnership and engaged in policy advocacy on behalf of children and families living in poverty.
Professor 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 ways in which the law, in collaboration with other disciplines, can be used to advance health and justice for children and families living in poverty.
Marta Beresin is a Visiting Professor of Law in Georgetown Law Center’s Health Justice Alliance Law Clinic. Throughout her legal career, Professor Beresin has worked at the intersection of child welfare and family homelessness. At the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, Professor Beresin represented homeless families in shelter, housing, disability rights, and public benefits cases, and advocated locally for budget and policy initiatives to serve her clients’ interests such as affordable housing and a more robust TANF program. She also trained and supervised pro bono attorneys and engaged in community education, outreach, and organizing of shelter residents to assist their efforts to create a more just, respectful, and supportive homeless services continuum of care in Washington, DC.
Early in her career, Professor Beresin represented children in child abuse and neglect cases and parents experiencing homelessness in family law matters. Most recently, she served as the Legal and Policy Director for Break the Cycle, a national non-profit focused on teen dating violence, where she created a partnership with two DC school-based health centers to screen and refer high school students in need of protection orders and related legal matters.
Professor Beresin has testified before the DC Council and Congress and provided commentary related to family homelessness on Pacifica Radio, NPR Morning Edition, and other news outlets. She has spoken at national conferences and Symposiums and written about the devastating impact of the separation of children from their families due to housing insecurity and homelessness.
Professor Beresin received her J.D. with honors from George Washington University Law School and a B.A. in Political Science from Penn State University.
Anne Cunningham is a Clinical Teaching Fellow and Supervising Attorney in the Health Justice Alliance (HJA) Law Clinic. Prior to joining HJA, Anne worked for Children’s Law Center (CLC), a DC-based civil legal services organization that works to improve and protect kids’ access to safe housing, loving families, and quality education. For her first five years at CLC, Anne was a staff attorney in CLC’s medical-legal partnership, called Healthy Together, working in collaboration with pediatricians and other healthcare providers on-site at Mary’s Center, a federally qualified health center (FQHC). In that role, Anne specialized in litigating special education and housing conditions matters. She subsequently joined CLC’s policy team and spent two years advocating with DC government agencies and the DC Council for changes to laws and policies impacting low-income DC families. In that role, Anne drafted legislation, coordinated diverse coalitions in lobbying efforts, analyzed agency budgets, and testified more than 20 times before the Council. Before joining CLC, Anne briefly represented Latinx survivors of domestic violence in U-Visa, VAWA, and asylum matters. As a law student, Anne spent a summer working with juveniles in immigration detention in Miami and worked for several organizations advocating for survivors of domestic violence.
Anne lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan for eight years, earning BAs in History and Spanish and a JD. Anne speaks fluent Spanish, is licensed to practice law in New York and DC, and is an avid ceramist and gardener in her free time.
Ashley Nyce is a Clinical Teaching Fellow and Supervising Attorney in the Health Justice Alliance (HJA) Law Clinic. Prior to joining HJA, Ashley was a coordinating attorney in the Special Education Unit (SEU) at the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) where she worked with families and healthcare providers to advocate for appropriate educational services on behalf of students with disabilities attending traditional public and charter schools in New York City. While at NYLAG, Ashley was a mentor attorney for the Disability and Civil Rights Clinic at Brooklyn Law School, supporting clinic students engaged in special education advocacy on behalf of adolescents and young adults. Ashley also served as a Guardian ad Litem at the Children’s Law Center (CLC) where she provided comprehensive representation for children in D.C.’s abuse and neglect system, and carried a limited number of special education cases with CLC’s Healthy Together Program. Prior to law school, Ashley taught third grade at a public charter school in Detroit, Michigan.
Ashley received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, her M.A. in Education from the University of Michigan Graduate School of Education, and her B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Eugenia Alvarez is the office manager for the Health Justice Alliance Law Clinic, where she handles the day-to-day administrative operations of the clinic. Eugenia also serves as the office manager for the Federal Legislation Clinic and the business manager for the Harrison Institute for Public Law.
Prior to joining Georgetown Law, Eugenia worked at the World Bank for 23 years as a program assistant and executive assistant in the Legal Vice Presidency Unit. She also previously worked as a paralegal for an immigration attorney in private practice.
Lisa Kessler is the Director of Operations for the Health Justice Alliance which includes direct oversight of programs associated with the clinic. Prior to joining the Health Justice Alliance, 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.