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Health Rights Clinic: Meet Our Team

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JoNel Newman

Professor JoNel Newman

Melissa Swain

Melissa Swain
Associate Director

Clinic Staff:

Vanessa Alpizar, Paralegal

Albert Argüello, Legal Assistant

Jenkins Joseph, Legal Assistant

Clinic Legal Interns

Summer 2014

L to R back – Andres Zornosa, Vanessa Joseph, Edgard Cespedes
L to R front – Ivana Alvarez, Brenda Corrales

Fall 2013 – Spring 2014

L to R back – Erin Hoover, Jason Hayet, Kanchi Doshi, William Mueller, Casaundra Johnson, Niki-Suzette Velazquez, Rebecca Greenfield, Alissa Gold, Noel Pace
L to R front – Lisandra Estevez, Bethany Bandstra, Alexis Mena, Krystle Diaz, Jenna Feldman

Summer 2013

L to R back – Albert Arguello (Administrative Assistant), Jamey Campellone, Julien Apollon, Justin Roberts, Jose Vazquez, Frank Whitaker, Roman Dodd

L to R front – Christopher Papa, Ellen Dumas, Marlene Palomo, Stephanie Vicotero, Estefania Barcia, Nicole Pecorella, Prospero Castellanos

Fall 2012-Spring 2013

L to R back – Shay Cohen, Jeremy Rones, Ryan Foley, David Werner, Eric Kegley, Kevin Yombor, Danny McDonnell, Alex Wagner, Brian Abergel

L to R front – Christina Margolles, Steven Vezos, Christopher Collins, Sarah Hoyt, Allison Brede, Mary Stevens, Samantha Mandel, Gabriela Rosell, Jaime Fromson, Rachel Walker, Robert Bernstein, Jeffrey Schnedar

Summer 2012

L to R back – Vanessa Alpizar (Paralegal), Rachel Walker, Dana Johnson, Dr. Regina Carney (Forensic Psychiatry Fellow), Alison Rioux, Julie Salzinger

L to R front – Christopher Papa, Brian Heit, Alexander Plumage, Corey Gray, Joseph Bendel, Ross Heft, Stephen Allen, Frantz Destin, Jr.

Fall 2011-Spring 2012

L to R back – Olivia Soofie, Alexa Diambois, Julia Garrett, Lindsay Winter, Ashley Dewelde, Meaghan Murphy, Catherine Hedglon, Tommie Deprima, Danielle DiFiore, Maria Martinez

L to R front – Alexis Christie, Kathryn Walker, Eric Boos, Katharine Dyott, Stephanie Stein, Julie Morgan, Ashley Jordan, Joel Feigenbaum, Alex Feal, Tricia Robinson, Philip Grosdidier


JoNel NewmanJoNel Newman, Esq. is the Director of Heath Rights Clinic and a Professor at Miami Law.

Flickr Watch video of Professor Newman where she discusses the clinic.


Read the Fall 2014 Newslettter


We provide legal services to the homeless and disabled veteran population of South Florida. Read More.



“Immigrant Medicaid” story aired nationally on the Al Jazeera American network

Miami Law’s Health Rights Clinic Students Save the Life of Undocumented Farmworker

Why Miami's Health Rights Clinic Offers Veterans Free Legal Services - WLRN

University of Miami legal clinic helps secure benefits for ill Army veteran - The Miami Herald

Despite progress in backlog, thousands of Florida’s veterans still wait for benefits- The Miami Herald

Miami Herald - UM law students dig into healthcare policy to help a patient get life-saving treatment

Flickr View more photos of our clinic in action on Flickr.

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Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers

We are recognized by ETL - an organization dedicated to facilitating innovation and reform in legal education. Read More.

National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership (NCMLP)

NCMLP, a project of the GW University School of Public Health and Public Health Services' Department of Health Policy, has recognized our clinic's medical-legal partnership. Read More.

Access to Justice Clinical Course Project (A2J Clinic Project)

Our clinic is one of 6 law school clinics chosen to participate in and create a course kit. Read More.

CLEA Award for Excellence in a Public Interest Case or Project, 2010, Fred Hawkins and Matt Eandi


Patricia Elizee, JD '10, and Larisa Hernandez, JD '09 participated in the Health Rights Clinic and have opened their own firm specializing in areas of the law they practiced while in our clinic.