BOSTON (July 7, 2010) — Medical-Legal Partnership | Boston (MLP | Boston) Executive Director Samantha Morton and McDermott Will & Emery announced that McDermott’s Boston office will award MLP | Boston an unrestricted gift to support its mission. The gift represents a significant investment by McDermott directly in its longtime pro bono partner MLP | Boston. A portion of this donation will be used to match a Jane’s Trust challenge grant awarded in late 2009.
“McDermott Will & Emery’s generosity is not just ongoing but has actually increased in 2010, and in times like these such supporters are even more critical to a program like ours. A donation like this has a stabilizing impact for both our clients and our organization. It’s also especially gratifying to know that such significant investment from McDermott’s Boston office is being directed to MLP | Boston,” says Samantha Morton, Executive Director, MLP | Boston.
“McDermott's partnership with MLP | Boston allows McDermott to contribute to the development and refinement of a new form of legal practice and health care delivery. It has allowed the Firm to engage McDermott employees in pro bono volunteerism that is particularly motivating because it brings employees into collaborative contact with health care professionals focused on the needs of low-income patients. We are thrilled to increase our financial support to MLP | Boston this year and help them pursue the Jane’s Trust challenge grant,” says Melissa Nott Davis, co-chair of McDermott’s Pro Bono and Community Service Committee for the Boston office.
“This Jane’s Trust challenge grant has really energized us to think outside the box in terms of fundraising,” says Samantha Morton. “Knowing that Jane’s Trust will match any new or increased general operating funds, we were motivated to reconnect with our supporters and ask them help us take advantage of this unique opportunity. We look forward to continuing to step up to the Jane’s Trust challenge with partners like McDermott Will & Emery supporting us.”
McDermott, a national leader in health care law and pro bono legal practice, embarked on its MLP | Boston partnership in 2005 to support the growth of medical-legal partnerships both locally and nationally. As part of the partnership, McDermott has successfully represented MLP | Boston clients in individual cases on a pro bono basis; committed to representing geriatric and pediatric patients in their Social Security Administration appeals; and instituted a national Firm-wide program to offer technical assistance to all medical-legal partnerships in the nationwide network concerning health information privacy, confidentiality, ethics, organizational and operational issues unique to the medical-legal partnership model. In 2007, MLP awarded McDermott its Pro Bono Innovator Award for the Firm’s many significant contributions.
These coordinated efforts to support the integration of lawyers as part of the health care team treating low-income populations have been invaluable in expanding the reach of medical-legal partnership services to vulnerable patients in the Boston area and across the nation.
The Medical-Legal Partnership | Boston allies health care providers with lawyers to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable populations. Combining the strengths of law and health care, MLP | Boston ensures that low-income patients’ basic needs – for food, housing, education, health care, and personal and family stability and safety – are met. They do this by building advocacy capacity in health care staff and systems, providing legal advice and assistance to patients, and by pursuing external system change in close partnership with clinicians. MLP | Boston is the Founding Site of the national MLP Network, which now features almost 80 sites across the U.S. and Canada partnered with 200+ health care institutions. Supported by a panel of 16 law firm and in-house pro bono partners, MLP currently serves Boston Medical Center, Children’s Hospital Boston, Codman Square Health Center, Dorchester House Multi-Service Center, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, South Boston Community Health Center, South End Community Health Center, and Upham’s Corner Health Center. For more information, visit: www.mlpboston.org.
McDermott Will & Emery LLP recognizes and appreciates the need to give back to the communities of which it is a part and to assist those who are unable to afford legal services. The people of McDermott Will & Emery understand their unique privilege and professional responsibility as lawyers to enhance the lives of those in need and are committed to ensuring that low-income and disadvantaged individuals have access to justice. For more information about McDermott’s pro bono program, please see http://www.mwe.com/info/probono/.