We’re working together to transform the lives of children by providing access to healthcare to those in need.

Both the Atlanta Legal Aid Society and Georgia State University College of Law support HeLP’s goals of delivering public health legal services, providing in-service educational programs and graduate professional education, and advocating on issues of community concern by employing and supporting essential staff. The Atlanta Legal Aid Society employs three staff attorneys, the Legal Aid Director of HeLP and a paralegal to provide on-site legal services and in-service education at the HeLP offices at Children’s hospitals. GSU’s law school employs three clinical faculty members, one of whom is the HeLP clinic director; an office manager oversees the in-house legal clinics at the college.


Director of HeLP

Pamela Kraidler, Legal Aid Director, Health Law Partnership

Pam joined HeLP as a staff attorney and was named senior attorney before her appointment as Director. Being a part of HeLP allows Pam to do the work she is deeply committed to – advocating for children and ensuring that low-income families have access to the legal system, whether through educating individuals so they can become effective advocates for themselves or by providing full legal representation. During her career, Pam has practiced in many areas of law including education, SSI, public benefits, and housing. Through her experiences with clients’ housing issues, she collaborated with community groups in the fight to get very important legislation passed in the state of Georgia preventing landlords from retaliating against tenants who complain about their sub-standard housing conditions. In 2019, as a member of the Southeast Regional MLP Network, she was among presenters at the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership’s summit focusing on laws and policies to improve the health of vulnerable populations and to reduce healthcare inequities. Pam is also a general civil mediator and a domestic relations mediator.


HeLP at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Kathryn Marous, Staff Attorney

Isa Elfers, Staff Attorney

Alexander Sanchez, Staff Attorney


HeLP Legal Services Clinic at Georgia State University College of Law

Lisa Bliss, Director of the Health law Partnership Legal Services Clinic and Clinical Professor

Lisa is a successful clinical teacher and scholar with a long history of engagement in clinical legal education, legal education reform, interdisciplinary education, and curriculum design. She has won awards for her engagement in the profession and service to her university. Lisa has published several articles and book chapters; her scholarship is available here. Lisa is a consultant on the operation of law school clinical programs, as well as on design and development of law clinics, especially those with a focus on medical-legal partnership. She has extensive experience in international teaching, including designing and running teaching workshops for law teachers and law students in Australia, Thailand, Myanmar, India, Spain, Italy, The Philippines, Czech Republic, Poland, Turkey, and Mexico.

Christina Scott, Assistant Clinical Professor and Associate Director of the Health Law Partnership Legal Services Clinic

Christina joined the GSU team after spending several years as an Atlanta Legal Aid Society staff attorney for HeLP, where she worked closely with clients. She spent 20 years teaching writing and research at the undergraduate level before attending law school, and her goal was to use her legal degree to continue in a research role. It wasn’t until she enrolled in the HeLP clinic as a law student that she knew working in that type of capacity was her calling. Christina was first hired as a supervising attorney for the clinic when an opportunity opened to join the faculty as an assistant clinical professor. She is invested in making sure the HeLP clinic continues to be a premier clinic with a strong, national reputation serving clients.

Amanda Cole, Supervising Attorney and Adjunct Professor

Nakisha Green, Administrative Manager


HeLP Medical Director

Stan Sonu, Medical Director, Child Advocacy at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Dr. Sonu earned his medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia and completed residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center. From there, he completed a fellowship at the Cook County Preventive Medicine and Public Health Program and received his Master of Public Health from Northwestern University. With special interest in adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), trauma-informed care, advancing health equity, and addressing social determinants of health in clinical care settings, Dr. Sonu is passionate about training future clinicians on effective and patient-centered ways to address trauma in primary care. He is also engaged in building community consensus around responding to and preventing ACEs through cross-sector approaches. He holds additional training in urban primary care leadership (University of Chicago’s LUCENT program), integrative medicine (Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern University), medication-assisted treatment of opioid use disorders, and positive parenting practices (Triple P Primary Care). 


The Health Law Partnership (HeLP) is supported through the generous efforts of the members of its Advisory Council. The HeLP Advisory Council provides on-going advice on legal, ethical, and practical issues in the operation of HeLP as a community partnership. The Advisory Council meets four times a year with the partners, faculty and staff to assist HeLP with its educational programs, fundraising, pro bono services, program evaluation and research, and public relations. 

Silvia Barber
Health Law Partnership (HeLP)

Lisa Bliss
Clinical Professor, Director
HeLP Legal Services Clinic

Meredith Burris, Esq.
Associate General Counsel
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA)

Ross Burris, III, Esq.

Tamara Caldas, Esq.
Pro-Bono Partner
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

Amanda Cole
Adjunct Professor, Georgia State University (GSU) College of Law
Associate Supervising Attorney, HeLP Legal Services Clinic

Anjali Deshmukh, MD, JD
Assistant Professor
Center for Law, Health & Society at GSU

Megan Douglas, Esq.
Associate Professor and Director of Research & Policy
Morehouse School of Medicine

Isa Elfers, Esq.
Staff attorney

Nicole Harris
Director of Grants
Atlanta Legal Aid Society

Salathiel Kendrick-Allwood, MD, FAAP
Associate Professor, Emory University School of Medicine
Medical Director of Developmental Progress Clinic, Emory+Children’s Pediatrics Institute

Pam Kraidler, Esq.
Legal Aid Director and Managing Attorney

David Levine, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
Morehouse School of Medicine

Lindsey Lonergan, JD, CIPP/US, CHC
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
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Giselle Lynch
Research Associate II
Center of Excellence for Children’s Behavioral Health at GSU

Kathryn Marous, Esq.
Staff attorney

Susan McLaren, MPH, FACHE
Assistant Project Director
Georgia Health Policy Center at GSU

David O’Banion, MD
Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics, Morehouse School of Medicine
Assistant Professor, Emory University School of Medicine Pediatric Institute

Leanna Pierre, Esq.
Senior Counsel

Hedy Rubinger, Esq.
Arnall Golden Gregory

Alexander Sanchez, Esq.
Staff attorney

Christina Scott, Esq.
Assistant Clinical Professor
HeLP Legal Services Clinic

Rita Sheffey
Executive Director
Atlanta Legal Aid Society

Alejandro Shepard, MD, MPH
Intown Pediatrics

Harold Simon, MD, MBA
Marcus Professor & Vice Chair/Faculty, Department of Pediatrics
and Division Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine and CHOA

Stan Sonu, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Emory University School of Medicine
Medical Director for Child Advocacy, CHOA
Medical Director for Strong 4 Life
Medical Director for HeLP

Leslie E. Wolf, JD, MPH
Professor of Law/Distinguished University Professor
GSU College of Law


Office: 404-785-2005
Fax: 404-705-0010


Children’s at Scottish Rite

975 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 360
Atlanta, GA 30342-1600


HeLP at Children’s at Egleston

4th Floor
(near butterfly elevators)
1405 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30322-1060

HeLP at Children’s at Hughes Spalding

3rd Floor Annex
35 Jesse Hill Drive
Atlanta, GA 30303

HeLP at Center for Advanced Pediatrics

1400 Tullie Road
Suite 1408
Atlanta, GA 30303

HeLP Legal Services Clinic

GSU College of Law
85 Park Place, Suite 105
Atlanta, GA 30303
Office: 404-413-9130
Fax: 404-413-9145

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