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New MedLaw Program honored for aiding low-income families

Representatives from the UC Irvine Family Health Center and Legal Aid Society of Orange County were commended by the City…

May 19, 2008

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.