Courtney Mendoza

  • Hosted by Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc
  • Sponsored by Anonymous, Katherine Borsecnik & Gene Weil
  • Service location Los Angeles, California
  • Law school University of Southern California Gould School of Law
  • Issue area Health Care, Medical-Legal Partnership
  • Fellowship class year 2020
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Courtney’s medical-legal partnership will empower pregnant women with mental health disabilities through direct legal services, know-your-rights trainings, and policy advocacy to foster health, housing, and family stability. 

Courtney’s passion to advocate for families stems from her own upbringing and from her exposure to the prevalent cycle of homelessness, hospitalization, and incarceration for people with mental health disabilities in Los Angeles. She has extensive experience working with clients with mental health disabilities in clinics and in medical-legal partnership settings, creating legal resource materials on a variety of health law topics, and engaging with community stakeholders to influence public health policies.  

Fellowship Plans

In partnership with Mental Health Advocacy Services (MHAS) and Los Angeles County’s NFP program, Courtney’s innovative and replicable partnership model will provide: direct legal services to address the legal roots behind negative health outcomes; know-your-rights trainings to teach clients how to advocate for themselves and to help medical providers identify negative social determinants of health for legal referral; and policy advocacy by collecting client outcomes to demonstrate the efficacy and need to sustain legal services in this NFP program—serving as a model for the other NFP programs operating across the nation.  


When health issues are socioeconomically rooted and unaddressed, it is difficult to sustainably improve health outcomes.

Courtney Mendoza /
2020 Equal Justice Works Fellow

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