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 transactional 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 Loyola Medicine facilities, including 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 Health Justice Lab: Race and Health Equity, a seminar on the intersection of racism, poverty, health, and the law, and the Health Justice Project Clinic - Weekend edition.

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

Health Justice Project - Weekend

Selected Publications

“The Connection between Access to Healthcare Barriers and Racial Justice”, University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Review (forthcoming February/ March 2023).

“An Inter–professional Antiracist Curriculum Is Paramount to Addressing Racial Health Inequities,” (with Abigail Silva, PhD, Jessica Simpson, MPH and L. Kate Mitchell, JD), Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, Vol. 50, Issue 1, pp. 109-116 (Spring 2022).

A Civil Rights Act for Public Health, 98 Univ of Det Mercy L Rev 299 (2021)

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


“Social Justice and Public Health”, May 26, 2022, Association of Accredited Public Health Programs

The Loyola Project, Loyola University Chicago, April 5, 2022.

“How Providers Can Address Racial Health Inequities”, Loyola Stritch School of Medicine, CASCADE Interprofessional Workshop, February, 25, 2022.

“Addressing Inequities: How Medical-Legal Partnerships Engage in Social Justice," Loyola Stritch School of Medicine, CASCADE Interprofessional Workshop, May 23, 2021.

22nd Annual Rainbow Push Global Automotive Summit, “African American Resilience: Courage in the Face of Persistent Change.” November 10, 2021

Race and Health Inequities during the Covid-19 pandemic, Lehigh Valley Health Network, November 3, 2021.

Place-Based Lawyering (Including Medical-Legal Partnerships): Connecting and Collaborating within Communities to Meet Legal Needs, 2021 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo, October 26, 2021.

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

The Process of Starting the Maywood Medical-Legal Partnership, MLP Illinois, May 14, 2021.

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