About this Project

Organization:  Community Legal Aid/Volunteer Lawyers Service Medical - Legal Partnership 


Community Legal Aid and UMass Memorial Health Care have joined to improve the health of low-income families in Central Massachusetts by tackling the unmet health-harming legal needs faced by the system's most vulnerable patients.

A Community Legal Aid attorney will be embedded at three UMass Memorial primary care partner clinics and accept referrals directly from medical providers. Community Legal Aid will work with pro bono attorneys from the private bar to serve these families.  We are proud to partner with the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership (please click here to learn more).


Focus Areas


Medical-Legal Partnership Team

UMass Memorial Team  

  • Katherine Eshghi, Esq., Senior Vice President & General Counsel
  • Cheryl Lapriore, Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Office President
  • Beverly Nazarian, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
  • Monica Lowell, Vice President of Community Relations
  • William Behan, RN, PCPR Clinical Care Manager

Community Legal Aid Team

  • Weayonnoh Nelson-Davies, Esq., Managing Attorney
  • Marina Abraham, Esq., Staff Attorney, Medical-Legal Partnership
  • Anita Conte, Pro Bono Coordinator, CLA Pro Bono Programs
  • Shannon Herman, AmeriCorps Legal Advocate

Primary Care Payment Reform Clinical Sites

Hahnemann Family Health Center, UMass Memorial Medical Center
Benedict Pediatrics, UMass Memorial-University Campus
Benedict Family Medicine, UMass Memorial-University Campus
Benedict Internal Medicine, UMass Memorial-University Campus


Our Advocacy Model


Project Type: Other, A Medical-Legal Partnership
Location Name: Community Legal Aid
405 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608
Worcester County
Map: maps.google.com

Other Organizations: UMass Memorial Health Care

Project For: Attorney, Law student, Mentor, Retired Lawyer/Judge
Populations Served: General low-income, Seniors, Homeless, People with Disabilities, People with HIV/AIDS, Domestic Violence Survivors, Children & Youth, Limited English Proficient, Veterans/Military

Subject Areas: Access to Justice, Disability Benefits, Disability Rights, Education, Guardianship, Health Care, Housing, Public Benefits, Veterans/Military

Skills to be Developed: Administrative hearing, Alternative dispute resolution, Appellate advocacy, Client advice and counseling, Client/witness interviewing, Court hearing, Public speaking, Trial, Negotiation

Minimum Commitment:  Yes

Mentoring Provided:  Yes

Training Provided:  Yes

Relevant Experience Preferred:  No

LAR Certification Required:  No

Malpractice Coverage Provided:  Yes


To volunteer, please fill out a registration form here. A pro bono coordinator will contact you to get started! If you have additional questions, please contact:

Attorney Marina Abraham

Medical-Legal Partnership, Community Legal Aid

t: (508) 425-2813

f: (508) 752-5918