Lydia Gottesfeld is the Supervising Attorney of the Medical-Legal Partnership and a member of the Energy and Health and Independence Units. Ms. Gottesfeld works with CLS’s medical-legal partnerships, where CLS legal advocates work onsite at health clinics, partnering with health care providers and social workers to address social determinants of health for patients through screening, advice, and representation in legal matters. Ms. Gottesfeld represents clients in Public Benefits and Energy matters. Ms. Gottesfeld joined CLS as an Independence Foundation Public Interest Law Fellow in 2014 with a project to establish CLS’s first medical-legal partnership. She previously worked as a health care advocate at Families USA and as a community organizer at Citizen Action of New York.
Ms. Gottesfeld received her J.D. summa cum laude from American University, Washington College of Law, where she was a Public Interest/Public Service Scholar, and is a magna cum laude graduate of Colgate University.