Maya K. Watson

Title/s:  Director, Maywood Medical-Legal Partnership
Clinical Teaching Fellow, Health Justice Project



Maya Watson joined the Health Justice Project in 2020 after 11 years of practicing law for clients across the country.

She serves as the Director of the Maywood Medical-Legal Partnership, an interdisciplinary partnership among Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s Health Justice Project, Loyola Medicine, and Stritch School of Medicine. The Maywood MLP serves patients of the Center for Health on Roosevelt in Maywood, IL, by collaborating with the Clinic’s providers and staff to address the health-harming legal needs of vulnerable patients and advocating for policies that combat systemic barriers to health.

Watson also co-teaches the course Health Justice Lab: Race and Health Equity, a seminar on the intersection of racism, poverty, health, and the law.

Prior to joining Loyola, Watson 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.

Watson has been admitted to practice law in Illinois, California, and Michigan.


BA summa cum laude, Lincoln University, PA
JD, Wayne State University Law School
LLM, International Human Rights Law, with honors, Northwestern University School of Law

Program Areas

Reparative justice, health equity, and human rights

Courses Taught

Health Justice Lab: Race and Health Equity

Selected Publications


An Interprofessional Anti-racist Curriculum is Paramount to Addressing Racial Inequities in Health, with Abigail Silva and L. Kate Mitchell, Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics on Health Law and Anti-Racism (forthcoming Winter 2022)

A Civil Rights Act for Public Health, University of Detroit Mercy Law Review (forthcoming 2021)

"Opinion: When Detroit protests end, direct dollars with purpose,” BridgeDetroit (June 10, 2020) 

The United States' Hollow Commitment to Eradicating Global Racial Discrimination”, American Bar Association Human Rights Magazine, Vol. 44, No. 4 (2020). 


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

Innovations in Integrated Care: Medical Legal Partnerships, Dominican University, April 16, 2021 (with L. Kate Mitchell).

Presentation to the 1660th Meeting, 72nd Session United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, February 2019, Meeting with NGOs, .

Mass Incarceration, International Human Rights Colloquium, Northwestern University School of Law, October 2018