Wiggin and Dana Sponsors New Medical-Legal Partnership at Yale New Haven Hospital

August 1, 2013

Wiggin and Dana is proud to announce its sponsorship of a new Medical-Legal Partnership office on site at Yale-New Haven Hospital. The project is a partnership between Yale-New Haven Hospital and the Center for Children's Advocacy.

"We are delighted to partner with the Center for Children's Advocacy to assist some of our area's most vulnerable patients and families," said William J. Aseltyne, Esq., general counsel and senior vice president, Legal Services, Yale New Haven Health System. "This initiative will help us address some of the systematic issues that relate to children's health, and it would not have been possible without the generosity of Wiggin and Dana."

Medical-Legal Partnerships throughout the country provide tangible relief to families who live in poverty. The new venture at Yale-New Haven Hospital is the Center for Children's Advocacy's fifth location in Connecticut.

In addition to the firm's contribution, several of the firm's partners will be involved in supporting the work of the Partnership Office, including Kim Rinehart and Rebecca Matthews, who will serve of the Steering Committee. Tim Diemand serves on the Board of Directors for the Children's Advocacy office in the Hartford area.

The Center's Medical-Legal Partnership at Yale-New Haven Hospital is funded by the hospital, a grant from Wiggin and Dana and additional philanthropic support from the community.

The Center for Children's Advocacy fights for the legal rights of Connecticut's most vulnerable children and youth. Center attorneys provide unparalleled individual legal representation for abused and neglected children and for those who suffer from in adequate educational support, lack of access to health care or mental health care, or juvenile justice involvement. Unique relationships with state policy makers and administrative leaders enable the Center to effect systematic change that improves the lives of thousands of children each year.

For more information about the Center for Children's Advocacy Medical-Legal Partnership Project, visit http:www.kidscounsel.org/mlpp.