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.
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.
Marta Beresin is the Jessie Ball duPont Legal Fellow and an Attorney with the Health Justice Alliance Law Clinic, where she represents clients and supports clinic students. Prior to joining the Clinic, Marta was the Legal & Policy Director for Break the Cycle, a national non-profit that focuses on teen dating violence. Previously, as an attorney and policy advocate for the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, Marta represented homeless individuals and families in shelter, housing, disability rights, and public benefits cases in the District of Columbia. She also trained and supervised pro bono attorneys and engaged in local policy advocacy related to programs that low-income DC residents rely on such as the Local Rent Supplement Program, the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, TANF, and Permanent Supportive Housing. In addition, she engaged in community education, outreach, and grassroots organizing of shelter residents to assist their efforts to create a more just, respectful, and supportive homeless services continuum of care. Marta has also represented low-income Maryland residents (both children and parents) in child welfare and other family law matters.
Marta received her J.D. with honors from George Washington University Law School and her undergraduate degree from Penn State University in Political Science and Middle East Studies.
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.
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.
Ericka Petersen is a Clinical Teaching Fellow at the Health Justice Alliance Law Clinic. Prior to joining the Health Justice Alliance, Ericka was a staff attorney at Iowa Legal Aid where she represented clients in a wide variety of civil legal matters, with particular interest in housing law and issues arising in subsidized housing. Ericka also chaired Iowa Legal Aid’s Race Equity Committee, and supervised law student interns and volunteer researchers.
Ericka received her J.D. at the University of California, Berkeley and earned her B.A. in German and International Studies at the University of Iowa. While at Berkeley Law she spent three semesters as a student advocate at the East Bay Community Law Center, largely focused on the rights of people experiencing homelessness, and ending the criminalization of homelessness. Ericka is the proud mother of two young children.