Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

Full-Time Faculty

Kate Mitchell

Title/s: Clinical Professor of Law, Director, Health Justice Project

Office #: Corboy 715B

Phone: 312.915.7872

E-mail: kmitchell9@luc.edu


Professor Mitchell joined the Health Justice Project in August 2017 after more than 16 years practicing and teaching in the areas of poverty law, children’s rights and health law. Professor Mitchell has extensive experience representing children and families in poverty in access to health care and public benefits matters, special education matters, housing and family law, juvenile delinquency and prison condition cases, and other general civil law matters.  She has also been involved in local, state, and national policy work in the areas of access to healthcare, education, and juvenile justice.

Most recently Professor Mitchell spent three years as a clinical teaching fellow with the Pediatric Advocacy Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School. She previously served as the Legal Director of the Toledo Medical Legal Partnership for Children at Advocates for Basic Legal Equality and Legal Aid of Western Ohio in Toledo, Ohio.  Professor Mitchell started her legal career as a staff attorney with LAF in Chicago and then as a staff attorney and policy director at the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana in New Orleans. Following Hurricane Katrina, Professor Mitchell worked as a Kramer Fellow at The Public Law Center at Tulane University School of Law focusing on economic and housing revitalization efforts in New Orleans.

Professor Mitchell has presented at local, state, and national conferences on a variety of topics including special education, collaborative interdisciplinary advocacy, juvenile competency standards, and Medicaid regulations impacting child access to healthcare.  Her primary research interests relate to the intersection of poverty, health and legal advocacy; interdisciplinary approaches to advocacy; access to healthcare; and the impact of school disciplinary practices on children with disabilities.  Professor Mitchell received her BA in Sociology, magna cum laude, from Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin and her JD, cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago.  Professor Mitchell has been admitted to practice law in Illinois, Louisiana, Ohio and Michigan.

Program Areas

Health Justice Project
Advanced Health Justice Project


Selected Publications

The Promise and Failures of EPSDT and the Role of Medical-Legal Partnerships in Monitoring and Enforcing Implementation of Children’s Medicaid (Work in Progress)

“We Can’t Tolerate That Behavior in This School!” The Consequences of Excluding Children with Behavioral Health Conditions and the Limits of the Law, 41 N.Y.U. Rev. L. & Soc. Change 3 (2017). https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3046706#

Louisiana Juvenile Defender Trial Practice Manual, Principal Author, Published by the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana and the Southern Juvenile Defender Center (2007) http://www.jrsla.org/pdfs/publications/la_trial_manual.pdf 

Principles in Practice: Promoting Accountability, Safety and Fairness in Juvenile Delinquency Proceedings, Contributing researcher and author, National Juvenile Defender Center in cooperation with the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana and the Southern Juvenile Defender Center, Produced by the Southern Poverty Law Center (2007) http://njdc.info/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Principles-in-Practice_Promoting-Accountability-Safety-and-Fairness-in-Juvenile-Delinquency-Proceedings.pdf   

Recent Presentations:

Accommodating Diabetes in School, University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital Diabetes Clinic School Program, Washtenaw Intermediate School District, Ann Arbor, MI, November 30, 2016 (with Jacinta Florek, LMSW, MPH)

Manifestation Determination Reviews (MDRs): Did the Disability Cause the Behavior? National Business Institute Conference: Special Education: The Ultimate Guide, Toledo, Ohio, November 4, 2016.

Medicaid for Children: What is EPSDT and What Does it Cover? University of Michigan Health System Orthotics and Prosthetics Center, Ann Arbor, MI, May 2016 (with Virginia Nelson, M.D., M.P.H.).

The Rights of Students in School Disciplinary Proceedings: Enhanced Protections Under the IDEA and Section 504, University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic, Ann Arbor, MI, May 2016.

Child Poverty, Health and Public Benefits, Pediatric Resident Didactic Talk, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI, March 2016.

Child Poverty, Health, and EPSDT, Michigan Poverty Law Project Roadshow, Okemos, Michigan, October 2015.

Integrating Legal Advocacy into Health Care Settings, Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit Training, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, October 2015 (with Debra Chopp, JD).

Case Studies in Special Education Law, Department of Pediatric Rehabilitative Medicine, Mott Children’s Hospital, Ann Arbor, Michigan, July 2015 (with Debra Chopp, JD).

Practicing Law Upstream: Transforming Legal Care, 10th Anniversary Medical-Legal Partnership Summit, McLean, Virginia, April 2015 (with Dawn Bolyard, APN, and George Thomas, Esq.)

Medicaid for Children: EPSDT, Pediatric Residency Conference Series, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, Michigan, January 2015 (with Virginia Nelson, MD, MPH, Annalyce Herera, JD candidate).