Adjunct Clinical Professor , Health Justice Project
Mona Elgindy is a returning Loyola Law alum joining the Health Justice Project Clinic as an Adjunct Clinical Professor from Legal Aid Chicago where she is a Supervising Attorney in the Public Benefits Group. At Legal Aid Chicago, Mona oversees two medical-legal partnerships (MLPs): the Health Justice Project with Erie Family Health Centers and Loyola Law and Health Forward/Salude Adelante with the Cook County Health System. She will be supervising a 3rd MLP starting in the Fall of 2022 with University of Chicago. Prior to joining Legal Aid Chicago in 2021, Mona was a staff attorney at Prairie State Legal Services where she worked from 2013. Mona also served as co-chair of Prairie State’s Elder Law Taskforce from 2018. Mona's previous practice covered a broad range of legal areas affecting seniors in the context of poverty and health law. Her practice focused on protecting seniors from elder abuse and financial exploitation, public benefits, housing, and nursing home involuntary discharges. Mona has had victories at both the state appellate court and circuit court for administrative appeals and she has worked extensively with healthcare providers and caregivers on best practices to protect the autonomy of seniors as they age. Prior to law school, Mona was a high school teacher for many years in the Chicago suburbs. She brings her love of teaching and mentoring law students to this new role.
Kate Mitchell joined the Health Justice Project in August 2017 after more than 16 years practicing and teaching in the areas of poverty law, children’s rights and health law. Professor Mitchell has extensive experience representing children and families in poverty in access to health care and public benefits matters, special education matters, housing and family law, juvenile delinquency and prison condition cases, and other general civil law matters. She has also been involved in local, state, and national policy work in the areas of access to healthcare, education, and juvenile justice.
Clinical Teaching Fellow
Jenna Prochaska is a clinical teaching fellow in the Health Justice Project supervising student case work through an interdisciplinary medical-legal partnership and teaching seminars on lawyering skills and the intersection of poverty, health, and the law. Jenna brings to her work with the HJP a broad range of public interest legal experience in Chicago with a particular focus on poverty law and health care access. She has worked at Legal Aid Chicago, the ACLU of Illinois, and at the Shriver Center on Poverty Law engaging in litigation, policy advocacy, and community outreach. Jenna was drawn to clinical teaching after her own clinical education experience as a teaching assistant and student attorney at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau.
Clinical Teaching Fellow
Maya Watson is a clinical teaching fellow with the Health Justice Project clinic working to establish a new interdisciplinary medical-legal partnership with Loyola University Medical Center and the Stritch School of Medicine. She supervises student case work and teaches seminars on the intersection of racism, poverty, health, and the law. Before joining Loyola, Maya helped establish the Health and Human Rights Institute of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, where she convened a 2020 Health Summit to address mental health disparities among population groups in the country. She previously practiced law for 11 years maintaining a transactional law practice and representing human rights organizations seeking to protect victims of sexual assault in the military from retaliation, seeking the commutation of prisoners convicted of nonviolent drug offenses, and assisting individuals in obtaining expungements of their criminal records.