Ashley Maddison

  • Hosted by Rutgers Law School
  • Sponsored by Covington & Burling LLP, Merck & Co., Inc.
  • Service location Camden, New Jersey
  • Law school Rutgers School of Law - Camden
  • Issue area Health Care, Medical-Legal Partnership
  • Fellowship class year 2019
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Ashley will provide direct legal services, deepen collaboration among caregivers, and advocate for systems change for people who have complex medical, legal, and social needs and are living in poverty in Camden, NJ.

With roughly 40 percent of Camden’s residents living in poverty and many in deep poverty, the city has significant rates of asthma, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other life-threatening or life-compromising diseases. Legal issues in all functional domains represent significant barriers to improving these health indicators and improving overall quality of life. This project aims to strengthen collaboration between the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers and Rutgers Law School, both anchors in the community, to offer innovative, collaborative, and targeted multi-disciplinary approaches to empowering individuals with complex needs.

After working in social services for several years before attending law school, Ashley began to recognize a dire need for lawyers who were sensitive to the experiences of individuals with severe mental and physical health conditions. She pursued a career in law to address this need, intending to offer holistic, practical, individualized, and accessible legal services.

Fellowship Plans

Through this fellowship, Ashley aims to help realize the potential for true integration of legal and medical services and community health more broadly in the Camden community. Ashley will engage in direct representation for patients of the Camden Coalition to address unmet legal needs in areas such as housing, utilities, benefits, employment, family law issues, expungement, and more. In addition, and in partnership with other legal, social, and health service organizations, Ashley will develop and pursue policy solutions to combat issues confronting Camden residents, especially in the areas of municipal court reform, voucher-based housing policies, and utility solutions for patients with chronic health conditions. Finally, Ashley will engage in community education and outreach, capitalizing on the infrastructure and culture of collaboration of the Camden Coalition to deepen holistic care.

Media

Rutgers Law School’s Medical-Legal Partnership Helps Resolve Complex Care Issues for South Jersey Residents

Ashley Maddison RLAW '19 Helps Clients Through the Camden Medical-Legal Partnership

I am passionate about uniting communities to tackle systemic barriers to improved health and life outcomes.

Ashley Maddison /
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