Fighting for Health Care Justice

Professor Sarah Boonin and her students in the Health Law Clinic are featured in Legal Network’s Health Law Advocates (HLA)/Lawyers Fighting for Health Care Justice newsletter. Boonin was named the publication’s Lawyer of the Month for her outstanding volunteer efforts through our Clinic.

One of the Clinic’s cases, highlighted in the newsletter, involves a 60-year-old Plymouth County man who requires methadone treatment for substance abuse. The man has been drug-free for 13 years with the help of methadone, which was covered by his former health plan, the newsletter reports. When his employer switched to a new plan that did not cover methadone, the man needed our Clinic’s help in maintaining coverage.

"For my students, their relationships with their clients can be life-changing,” said Boonin in the article. “For many of them, this is their first time face to face with people who have limited health services. They not only gain an understanding of these challenges, but it is an inspiration to advocate for people's health." Boonin and her students at the Health Law Clinic have volunteered to work on several HLA referral cases.

Boonin was named one of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly's Up and Coming Lawyers in 2010. She is a member of the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association and the Women's Bar Association, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Guardianship Association.

In a case last year, students in the Clinic helped a woman suffering from debilitating pain win Social Security disability back payments of almost $25,000. Students pored through thousands of pages of medical evidence, crafting a powerful case theory to win the hearing.