Kate Mitchell

Title/s:  Clinical Professor of Law, Director, Health Justice Project

Office #:  Corboy 715B

Phone: 312.915.7872


CV Link: Kate Mitchell CV


Professor 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, public benefits, special education, housing and family law, juvenile delinquency, 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 health care, education, and juvenile justice.

Before joining Loyola, Professor Mitchell spent three years as a clinical teaching fellow with the Pediatric Advocacy Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School, a medical-legal partnership clinic serving pediatric patients and their families. She previously served as the Legal Director of the Toledo Medical Legal Partnership for Children at Advocates for Basic Legal Equality and Legal Aid of Western Ohio in Toledo, Ohio.  Professor Mitchell started her legal career as a staff attorney with LAF in Chicago and then as a staff attorney and policy director at the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana in New Orleans. Following Hurricane Katrina, Professor Mitchell worked as a fellow at The Public Law Center at Tulane University School of Law focusing on economic and housing revitalization efforts in New Orleans.

Professor Mitchell has presented at local, state, and national conferences on a variety of topics including Medicaid and child access to health care, special education, collaborative interdisciplinary advocacy, juvenile competency standards, and healthy housing advocacy.  Her primary research interests relate to the intersection of: poverty; health and legal advocacy; interdisciplinary approaches to advocacy; access to health care; and the impact of school disciplinary practices on children with disabilities. Professor Mitchell has been admitted to practice law in Illinois, Louisiana, Ohio, and Michigan.


BA magna cum laude, Beloit College
JD cum laude, Northwestern University School of Law

Program Areas

Health Justice Project
Advanced Health Justice Project
Health Justice Lab


Selected Publications

The Promise and Failures of Children’s Medicaid and the Role of Medical-Legal Partnerships as Monitors and Advocates, forthcoming 30 Health Matrix Iss. 1 (2020), https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3367011 

“We Can’t Tolerate That Behavior in This School!” The Consequences of Excluding Children with Behavioral Health Conditions and the Limits of the Law, 41 N.Y.U. Rev. L. & Soc. Change 3 (2017). https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3046706#

Louisiana Juvenile Defender Trial Practice Manual, Principal Author, Published by the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana and the Southern Juvenile Defender Center (2007) http://www.jrsla.org/pdfs/publications/la_trial_manual.pdf 

Principles in Practice: Promoting Accountability, Safety and Fairness in Juvenile Delinquency Proceedings, Contributing researcher and author, National Juvenile Defender Center in cooperation with the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana and the Southern Juvenile Defender Center, Produced by the Southern Poverty Law Center (2007) http://njdc.info/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Principles-in-Practice_Promoting-Accountability-Safety-and-Fairness-in-Juvenile-Delinquency-Proceedings.pdf   

Recent Presentations:

Why Can’t We Be Friends? Collaborating with Non-Clinical Faculty, Midwest Clinical Conference, Ann Arbor, MI, October 2019 (with Allison Bethel, Colleen Boraca, & Wendy Vaughn).

Preparing Students to be Interdisciplinary Collaborators for Change, AALS Conference on Clinical Education, San Francisco, May 2019 (with Yulanda Curtis, Crystal Grant, Samir Hanna, Rachael Kohl, & Dana Thompson).

Breaking Down Barriers:  Medical Legal Partnerships to Enhance Access to Care for Youth with Cerebral Palsy, American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Development Medicine 72nd Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, Ohio, October 2018 (with Rita Ayyangar, MBBS, Virginia Nelson, MD, MPH, and Brittany Shupe-Sawyer, MSW).

Experiential Health Law Opportunities through the Medical-Legal Partnership Model, ASLME Health Law Professors Conference, Cleveland, Ohio, June 2018 (with Debra Chopp, JD).

The Intersection Between EPSDT & the IDEA, Loyola University Chicago Community and Family Service, November 8, 2017.

Accommodating Diabetes in School, University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital Diabetes Clinic School Program, Washtenaw Intermediate School District, Ann Arbor, MI, November 30, 2016 (with Jacinta Florek, LMSW, MPH).

Manifestation Determination Reviews (MDRs): Did the Disability Cause the Behavior? National Business Institute Conference: Special Education: The Ultimate Guide, Toledo, Ohio, November 4, 2016.

Medicaid for Children: What is EPSDT and What Does it Cover? University of Michigan Health System Orthotics and Prosthetics Center, Ann Arbor, MI, May 2016 (with Virginia Nelson, M.D., M.P.H.).

The Rights of Students in School Disciplinary Proceedings: Enhanced Protections Under the IDEA and Section 504, University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic, Ann Arbor, MI, May 2016.

Child Poverty, Health and Public Benefits, Pediatric Resident Didactic Talk, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI, March 2016.