Vicki W. Girard is the Founding Co-Director with Yael Cannon of the Georgetown University Health Justice Alliance and a Professor of Law, Legal Practice. The Health Justice Alliance is a cross-campus collaborative engaging in research, service, and academic efforts focused on training the next generation of attorneys, doctors, nurses, and other health professionals to work together to improve social determinants of health for marginalized communities. Professor Girard works closely with Georgetown University Medical Center and its partners at MedStar Health as they seek innovative ways to help patients with health-harming legal needs.

Professor Girard is a magna cum laude graduate of the Law Center. Prior to joining the faculty to teach in the first year legal writing program, she worked at several D.C. firms where she developed a specialty in food and drug law. Her interest in the intersections between law and medicine eventually led her to the medical-legal partnership (MLP) model of healthcare, which adds lawyers to the healthcare treatment team to address legal issues that contribute to health disparities at the individual, systems, and policy levels. Her passion for health justice and desire to contribute to the national MLP movement precipitated her efforts to bring this innovative service and learning approach to Georgetown.


Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers

Vicki W. Girard, Deborah Perry, Yael Cannon & Eileen Moore, Academic Medical-Legal Partnerships: Leveraging Interprofessional Education & Research Opportunities In Pursuit of Health Justice, J.L. Med. & Ethics (forthcoming).

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

Vicki W. Girard, Yael Cannon, Prashasti Bhatnagar & Susan Coleman, How Medical-Legal Partnerships Help Address the Social Determinants of Mental Health, 35 Archives Psychiatric Nursing 123-126 (2021).
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Lisa Kessler, Yael Cannon, Nicole Tuchinda, Ana Caskin, Christina Ndjatou, Vicki W. Girard & Deborah Perry, Co-Creating a Legal Check-up in a School-Based Health Center Serving Low-Income Adolescents, 15 PCHP 203-216 (2021).
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Selected Contributions to Other Publications

Vicki W. Girard, Deborah F. Perry, Lisa P. Kessler, Yael Cannon, Prashasti Bhatnagar & Jessica Roth, The Academic Medical-Legal Partnership: Training the Next Generation of Health & Legal Professionals to Work Together to Advance Health Justice (Georgetown University Health Justice Alliance, National Center for Medical Legal Partnership, Sept. 2022). [WWW] [Gtown Law] [SSRN]
Kate M. Gallen, Michael J. Smith, Joshua Crane, Carly Loughran, Kirsten Schuster, Jake Sonnenberg, Mildred Reese, Vicki W. Girard, Ji SeonSong & Erin C. Hall, Law Enforcement and Patient Privacy Among Survivors of Violence: A Nationwide Mixed-Methods Study, 283 J. Surgical Res. 648-657 (2022).