Mariah Hanley

  • Hosted by Northwest Justice Project
  • Sponsored by Microsoft Corporation, Perkins Coie LLP
  • Service location Seattle, Washington
  • Law school University of Washington School of Law
  • Issue area Veterans' Rights
  • Fellowship class year 2016
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Mariah created the Medical-Legal Partnership for Vets (MLPV) at Seattle’s VA Medical Center to promote homeless and at-risk veterans’ health through direct services, provider training, and systemic advocacy.

Low-income veterans are particularly vulnerable in Seattle’s current high-cost-of-living environment, especially with the lack of affordable housing. The Medical-Legal Partnership for Vets aimed to identify homeless and at-risk veterans whose legal needs were affecting their health (especially access to housing or medical care) and treat those needs together with veterans’ care providers. The Medical-Legal Partnership for Vets also aimed to systemically address these problems through training, coalition building, and community education.

Fellowship Highlights

In the past two years, Mariah has:

  • Assisted, referred, or provided information to over 260 veterans with legal needs
  • Created a Discharge Upgrade pro bono panel to increase the availability of desperately-needed representation in discharge upgrade cases in Washington
  • Presented over 30 times to various groups, including VA providers, Public Defenders, and community and social service organizations
  • Served as a resource for local veteran service providers, including county departments, social service professionals, and other private and public interest attorneys

What’s Next

Now that the Fellowship period is complete, Mariah will:

  • Continue to strengthen the Medical-Legal Partnership for Vets
  • Expand the Discharge Upgrade pro bono panel to more firms
  • Create additional resources for providers on commonly-encountered legal issues for veterans
  • Further integrate legal services into Seattle’s veteran service landscape

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