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Samantha Morton, JD

CEO
(617) 336-7500 ext. 455
 
Samantha J. Morton is Executive Director of Medical-Legal Partnership | Boston (MLPB), the founding site of the national MLP network. Ms. Morton is a national expert on how upstream legal problem-solving strategies can address social determinants of health (SDOH), and how the healthcare and human services communities can better align to reduce health disparities and advance health equity for consumers and communities. Her initial years as an MLPB public interest lawyer included a focus on immigration advocacy and pro bono engagement strategies, and she has published and presented extensively on interdisciplinary SDOH problem-solving strategies. Before joining MLPB, Ms. Morton was a litigation associate at Hale & Dorr LLP (now WilmerHale) and a judicial clerk at the United States District Court for the District of Maine. She received her law degree from the University of Michigan School of Law and her BA from Cornell University. 

 

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JoHanna Flacks, JD

Legal Director
(617) 336-7500 ext. 454
 
JoHanna Flacks is the Legal Director at Medical-Legal Partnership Boston (MLPB), among other things serving as a liaison to all of MLPB's private bar partners.  Before joining MLPB in 2006, JoHanna was in private practice, and provided pro bono services to the Cape Cod Anti-Discrimination Task Force in its campaign to establish the Barnstable County Human Rights Commission. Prior to that, she served as Assistant General Counsel for the Boston Public Health Commission, and Senior Investigator for the Boston Fair Housing Commission. She began her career as a labor-side employment discrimination litigation associate. JoHanna graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Law and Brandeis University.
 
 
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Elizabeth Brusie, JD

Attorney
(617) 336-7500 ext. 452
 
Elizabeth Brusie joined MLPB as a Staff Attorney in July 2013. Before that, she directed the legal program at Boston-area domestic violence agency The Second Step, specializing in restraining order, housing, and family law cases. Elizabeth served on the Board of Directors of Transition House in Cambridge, MA from 2010-2014. She is a current volunteer and former co-chair of the Framingham Project for Incarcerated Women at the Women’s Bar Foundation in Boston. She is a graduate of Smith College and the City University of New York School of Law.
 
 
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Jeannine Casselman, JD

Program Manager
(617) 336-7500 ext. 453 
 
Attorney Jeannine Casselman is a Program Manager at MLPB. She was previously with the Rhode Island Center for Law and Public Policy and served as the Program Director for the Rhode Island Medical-Legal Partnership from 2011-2016. Ms. Casselman graduated from Roger Williams University School of Law in 2009 where she focused on public interest law. She interned with the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights, South Coastal Counties Legal Services and the Community Mediation Center of Rhode Island. Ms. Casselman currently sits on the board of directors for the Center for Mediation and Collaboration RI.
 
 
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Daniel Hyman, JD

Attorney
(617) 336-7500 ext. 457 
 
Daniel Hyman joined MLPB as a Staff Attorney in July 2015. Prior to joining MLP, he was a litigator focused on foreclosure defense and consumer protection in both private practice and legal services. During two stints as an AmeriCorps member, he conducted fair housing litigation and supported public health approaches to HIV/AIDS prevention. Dan is a graduate of Brandeis University and Northeastern University School of Law. As a law student, he interned with the United States Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, and Community Catalyst, as well as with a mid-sized private firm.
 
 
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Kara Hurvitz, JD, MSW 

Attorney
(617) 336-7500 ext. 459
 
Kara Hurvitz has joined MLPB as an attorney serving the Department of Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center, continuing one of our organization’s oldest and most formative partnerships. Prior to joining MLPB, Kara worked as a Social Services Advocate at the Committee for Public Counsel Services. In that generalist role, she assisted court-involved individuals and families with a broad range of high-stakes needs at the intersection of civil and criminal law.  Kara is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, Boston College Law School, and Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.
 
 
 
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Meg Baker

Administrative Manager
(617) 336-7500 ext. 451
 
Meg Baker joined MLPB as the Operations Manager in October 2012. Meg has a long history working with nonprofit organizations dedicated to social change. Prior to joining MLPB, Meg worked at The Access Project (TAP), a nonprofit working to strengthen community action, promote social change, and improve health  especially for those who are most vulnerable. At TAP, she was responsible for the day-to-day operation and management of the office including financial management, administrative staff management and space and facilities management. She has also worked at the Asian American Civic Association (AACA) working with their job training programs, providing case management and job readiness assistance.
  
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Anya Rogala

Training Coordinator
New Sector Alliance RISE Fellow
(617) 336-7500 ext. 456 
 

Anya Rogala has joined MLPB as our new Training Coordinator and New Sector RISE Fellow. Previously, Anya served as a Community Health Educator for the Marion County Health Department in Salem, Oregon. In this role she taught sexuality education in juvenile detention facilities and produced a qualitative evaluation of the curriculum. She also supported the children's program at the Riley Center, a resource center and shelter for survivors of domestic violence in San Francisco. Anya is a graduate of Willamette University, where she majored in Cultural Anthropology. She is passionate about social justice, bioethics, and advocacy, and soon plans to pursue a master's in clinical social work with a concentration in health.