Representatives from the UC Irvine Family Health Center and Legal Aid Society of Orange County were commended by the City of Santa Ana and Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Santa Ana) for launching the MedLaw Program at a May 16 kick-off event. The program will give free legal aid to low-income families at the health center in downtown Santa Ana. Dr. Charles Vega (pictured), associate clinical professor of family medicine and medical champion for MedLaw, says legal aid for low-income families helps improve and maintain their good health. MedLaw will start with eight cases a month and expand as students from UCI’s new law school, opening in 2009, become involved in this innovative bridging of medicine and law to aid the underserved of Orange County.