New York City Bar Honors Julie Brandfield

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LegalHealth has a dedicated staff of 20 attorneys who serve in clinical practices throughout New York City.

LegalHealth has a dedicated staff of 20 attorneys who serve in clinical practices throughout New York City.

Julie Brandfield, Associate Director of NYLAG’s LegalHealth division, was honored with a New York City Bar Association Legal Services Award in recognition of her dedication to serving low-income, chronically-ill individuals and their families.

The Twenty-fourth Annual Legal Services Awards were presented on May 7th at the City Bar Association’s offices by the Hon. George Benjamin Daniels, U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York. In addition to Julie, five others received the awards, which are given annually to recognize attorneys and non-attorneys who provide outstanding civil legal assistance to New York’s poor. The awards are sponsored by the City Bar’s Pro Bono and Legal Services Committee, administered by its Legal Services Awards Committee, and endowed by a generous contribution from the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.

“Thanks in large part to Julie’s efforts, LegalHealth is now the largest medical-legal partnership in the country, handling more than 4,900 new matters for patients in 2012 alone,” said Yisroel Schulman, NYLAG’s President and Attorney-in-Charge. “She has been a driving force in redefining patient care to incorporate legal advocacy for those who truly need it. On behalf of everyone at NYLAG, I congratulate Julie on this well-deserved honor.”

Since its inception in 2001, LegalHealth has assisted more than 17,000 low-income clients and trained over 5,000 health care professionals. LegalHealth integrates legal professionals into a patient’s healthcare team to address nonmedical problems, such as unstable housing or the lack of health insurance and other benefits that impede treatment or recovery, or endanger a patient’s health.

“Julie’s commitment to LegalHealth, and to the medical-legal partnership approach, has made a difference in the lives of low-income New Yorkers,” said Randye Retkin, Director of LegalHealth. “As a lawyer she delivers justice for her clients, and as a tireless advocate she has been instrumental in bringing this model to medical facilities, funding entities, government, and other legal services providers nationwide. Perhaps most importantly, through her professional achievements, Julie is inspiring the next wave of lawyers and medical professionals to do the same.”

In her role as Associate Director, Julie supervises LegalHealth’s staff attorneys, coordinates the training curriculum for hospital partners, establishes new clinics, and directly represents clients.  She has extensive experience in employment and insurance law, key focuses of her LegalHealth practice. Julie frequently writes about the benefits of medical-legal partnerships, and speaks at numerous conferences on partnering with healthcare professionals. Before joining NYLAG in 2002, Julie was an associate at private New York City law firm Debevoise & Plimpton.