Mount Sinai Medical-Legal Partnership
Going Beyond Health Care

Mount Sinai Medical-Legal Partnership provides legal services to help our patients combat the legal barriers that threaten their health. MSMLP assists Mount Sinai’s most vulnerable populations with free legal services, in areas such as education, housing, immigration and more, aimed at ensuring that they have the best possible chance at a healthy life.

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Mount Sinai Medical-Legal Partnership is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your tax-deductible donation enables us to coordinate and fund legal services for Mount Sinai’s most vulnerable and indigent patients. Thank you for supporting the mission and work of Mount Sinai Medical-Legal Partnership.

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What We Do

Excellent medical care is critical to good health, but it doesn’t end there. With seven hospitals, each year Mount Sinai serves tens of thousands of New Yorker’s living well below the poverty line. These patients are plagued by a variety of social and environmental conditions that are barriers to good health. Unless we target those conditions, health problems will only persist. To that end, Mount Sinai Medical-Legal Partnership was established to provide Mount Sinai’s most vulnerable patients with free legal services to prevent and remedy the social and environmental conditions that are rooted in legal issues, such as housing, education, personal safety, and access to health care.  Bringing together lawyers and healthcare teams, Mount Sinai Medical-Legal Partnership implements integrated approaches to caring for Mount Sinai’s patients.  By taking legal action, we are improving the health and well-being of our communities.

Our Projects

Lawyers from LegalHealth of New York Legal Assistance Group, Legal Aid, and Youth Represent are on-site throughout Mount Sinai’s healthcare system and are dedicated to providing legal consultations and representations for Mount’s Sinai’s most vulnerable patients. Recently, Mount Sinai Medical-Legal Partnership also has created targeted programs to identify and address the numerous legal issues these patients face.

Child and Family Services at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Roosevelt

Through the Manhattan DA’s Criminal Justice Investment Initiative, Legal Aid recently was awarded $1.33M to begin a legal program under Mount Sinai Medical-Legal Partnership. With this grant, full time attorneys from Legal Aid provide free legal services for patients at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Child and Family Services, who are at high risk of poor life outcomes, including eventual justice system involvement. The program focuses on legal screenings for families; education advocacy for parents and guardians of the patients; training to case managers; advocating special education supports and services in schools; and representing youth in suspension hearings.

Mount Sinai Palliative Care Institute

Because losing a parent is one of the most devastating events for a child and can leave unclear who their next caretaker will be, Mount Sinai Medical-Legal Partnership has created a program with volunteer attorneys and Legal Aid to provide standby guardianship for minor children of dying patients.  In addition to providing greater stability for these children, this program aims to provide dying patients greater solace and dignity in their final days.

Mount Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery

Transgender people are often subjected to widespread discrimination and stigma simply because they want to live an authentic life.  To increase their safety and well-being, the Mount Sinai Medical-Legal Partnership has created a legal program with Transcend Legal, a national New York City-based organization cultivating social, medical, and legal recognition of transgender people, and The Kurland Group, a boutique LGBTQ-owned general practice firm.  Through our partnership, we provide legal services in the areas of discrimination, housing, police misconduct, Medicaid, and health insurance. In addition, the Mount Sinai Medical-Legal Partnership offers name and gender marker changes for patients through the assistance of pro bono attorneys from major law firms.  Without legal name and gender changes, transgender people are forced to use IDs that do not match who they are, which creates barriers to accessing employment, housing, and education.

To volunteer your services with Mount Sinai Medical-Legal Partnership, please contact us below.

Who We Are

Sena Kim-Reuter, Esq., President

Sena is the President of Mount Sinai Medical-Legal Partnership. She graduated from Boston University and New York Law School, where she was an editor of Law Review. After graduation, Sena clerked for a federal judge in the Eastern District of New York, and worked at two major New York City law firms. During her time in private practice, in addition to her complex commercial litigation work, she received several pro bono awards, including for her leadership role in winning a class action on behalf of thousands of victims of Hurricane Katrina, preventing FEMA from evicting them from temporary housing, as well as her work on several political asylum matters. Sena also played a leading role in a class action on behalf of indigent defendants to obtain right to counsel against five counties in upstate New York. She left private practice to devote her legal career to representing children and domestic violence victims, until she became the President of Mount Sinai Medical-Legal Partnership in 2016.

Board of Directors

Bettina Plevan, Esq., Co-Chair
Proskauer Rose LLP

Allison Charney, Esq., Co-Chair
Foley & Lardner LLP

Avitai Gold, Esq., Treasurer
Gold Health Strategies, Inc.

Harris Mufson, Esq.
Proskauer Rose LLP

Anna Brown, Esq.
Baker & McKenzie LLP

Make a Donation

Mount Sinai Medical-Legal Partnership is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your tax-deductible donation enables us to coordinate and fund legal services for Mount Sinai’s most vulnerable and indigent patients. Thank you for supporting the mission and work of Mount Sinai Medical-Legal Partnership.

Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more about Mount Sinai Medical-Legal Partnership, future events, or volunteering your services, please feel free to contact us.

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