Maya K. Watson

Title/s:  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 has experience representing indigent clients and nonprofits in the areas of public interest and human rights law.

Ms. Watson is a post-graduate faculty fellow in the Health Justice Project, where she assists in developing a new interdisciplinary medical-legal partnership with Loyola University Medical Center, she supervises student case work through the MLP and she teaches seminars on the intersection of racism, poverty, health, and the law.

Prior to joining Loyola, Ms. 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. 

While maintaining a transactional law practice, Ms. Watson represented human rights organizations seeking to protect victims of sexual assault in the military from retaliation, she has sought the commutation of prisoners convicted of nonviolent drug offenses and she has represented numerous individuals in obtaining expungements of their criminal records.

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


BA summa cum laude, Lincoln University, PA
JD, Wayne State University Law School

Masters of Law (LL.M) in International Human Rights Law, with honors, Northwestern University School of Law

Selected Publications

"Opinion: When Detroit protests end, direct dollars with purpose,” BridgeDetroit (June 10, 2020) https://www.bridgedetroit.com/opinion-when-detroit-protests-end-direct-dollars-with-purpose/

“The United States' Hollow Commitment to Eradicating Global Racial Discrimination”, American Bar Association Human Rights Magazine, Vol. 44, No. 4 (2020). https://www.americanbar.org/groups/crsj/publications/human_rights_magazine_home/black-to-the-future-part-ii/the-united-states--hollow-commitment-to-eradicating-global-racia/


Presentation to the 1660th Meeting, 72nd Session United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, February 2019, Meeting with NGOs, http://webtv.un.org/search/meeting-with-ngos-1660th-meeting-72nd-session-committee-on-the-elimination-of-discrimination-against-women-/6003786345001/?term=cedaw&sort=date&page=3.

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