Kate Mitchell

Title/s:  Clinical Professor of Law, Director, Health Justice Project
Clinical Professor of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, Loyola Stritch School of Medicine

Office #:  Corboy 715B

Phone: 312.915.7872


CV Link: Kate.Mitchell.CV.2021


Professor Mitchell joined the Health Justice Project in 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 as well as 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 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 Legal Aid Chicago and then as a staff attorney and policy director at the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana. 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, interprofessional education, health equity, 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; Medicaid and access to health care; interprofessional education; racism and health equity; 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

Clinics & Experiential Learning, Poverty Law, Health Law, Interprofessional Education

Courses Taught

Health Justice Lab
Health Justice Project
Advanced Health Justice Project

Selected Publications

An Interprofessional Anti-racist Curriculum is Paramount to Addressing Racial Inequities in Health, with Abigail Silva, Jessica Simpson, and Maya Watson, Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics on Health Law and Anti-Racism (forthcoming Winter 2022) 

The Promise and Failures of Children’s Medicaid and the Role of Medical-Legal Partnerships as Monitors and Advocates, 30 Health Matrix Iss. 1 (2020). 

Counseling Clients on Advance Directives at the End of Life: An Interprofessional Course for Social Work and Law Students, 4 J Health Sci Educ 3 (2020)

“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)



Engaging Students in Race and Health Equity Education and Practice, ASLME Health Law Professors Conference, June 10, 2021 (with Abigail Silva & Maya Watson).

Cultivating Professional Identity in the First Year of Law School, AALS Clinical Conference, May 1, 2021 (with Miranda Johnson, Jaqueline Ross, Carla Coupet, and Josie Gough).

Innovations in Integrated Care: Medical Legal Partnerships, Dominican University, April 16, 2021 (with Maya Watson). 

Innovating to Address COVID-19, Webinar Series: Beyond Crisis Management Preparing for What’s Next, Loyola University Quinlan School of Business & Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health, Chicago, IL, July 9, 2020 (with Seth Green, Carolyn Kmet, Amy Luke, Elaine Morrato, Elizabeth Stranges, Abigail Silva, and Zach Waickman).

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 Enhance Access to Care for Youth with Cerebral Palsy, American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine 72nd Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, October 2018 (with Rita Ayyangar, MBBS, Virgina Nelson, MD, MPH, and Brittany Shupe-Sawyer, MSW).

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