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Barbara Siegel

Barbara Siegel

Lecturer in Law

699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA

Last Updated: August 31, 2017




Barbara K. Siegel was a supervising and managing attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA) from 1997 to 2011. She was the original supervising attorney involved in establishing and implementing the Health Consumer Center, a NLSLA project funded by The California Endowment. The Health Consumer Center (HCC) operates a multi-lingual health rights hotline and advocacy program for low-income residents of Los Angeles County, offering everything from telephone assistance to representation at administrative and court proceedings. In addition, HCC offers outreach and education on health benefit programs and does health policy work at the local, state and federal levels. While at NLSLA Siegel supervised the initiation of NLSLA’s Medical Legal Community Partnerships at the Northeast Valley Health Corporation’s Sun Valley Health Center, St. John’s Well Child & Family Center, and Clinica Oscar Romero.

Now retired from NLSLA, Siegel currently teaches two courses at Gould School of Law and Keck School of Medicine at University of Southern California (USC): (1) Legal and Social Determinants of Health in Vulnerable Populations, and (2) Medical Legal Partnership Seminar and Practicum. The courses, which are both clinical and academic, teaches law and medical students to identify unmet legal needs that impact health and to work collaboratively to improve individual and community health status.

Siegel currently serves on Los Angeles County’s Hospital and Health Care Delivery Commission as well as the Los Angeles Department of Health Services Ambulatory Care Advisory Board.

Prior to joining Neighborhood Legal Services, Siegel worked at the law firm of Bonne, Bridges, Mueller, O'Keefe & Nichols. Before attending law school, Siegel worked as a physical therapist specializing in the care of persons with chronic disabilities. In addition to her degree in physical therapy, Siegel has a MPH from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Public Health and a JD from Southwestern University School of Law.
 

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