The fellowship, established to honor the accomplishments and continuing leadership of renowned health law expert Professor Wendy Parmet, provides a year’s salary and benefits to one law graduate of Northeastern chosen each year to work with Health Law Advocates (HLA). HLA represents vulnerable people, particularly the chronically ill and uninsured who are seeking access to health care services. Based in Boston, HLA is the only nonprofit law firm in the country affiliated with a grassroots organization (Health Care for All) and is dedicated solely to ensuring access to health care.

This fellowship is most appropriate for graduates who are interested in a fast-paced learning environment with immediate, direct client contact and hearings and appeals work before administrative agencies. HLA is also involved in state and federal litigation and the fellow has the opportunities to participate in such work as well.  The Parmet Fellow represents vulnerable clients who are being denied coverage for necessary medical treatment by private and public health insurers. This fellowship allows the graduate to blend direct client advocacy with policy work in health law. HLA’s relationship with Health Care For All allows staff to closely monitor and help implement health care policy in Massachusetts with advocates from hundreds of organizations.  This includes health reform implementation, children’s health care, prescription drugs, oral health, disparities in health care, and quality of medical treatment.

In addition to working with individual clients denied access to health care, the fellow participates in impact litigation, and work with coalitions or on legislative drafting. The Parmet Fellow is also responsible for (at least) one special project, which the fellow helps to choose and develop.