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Elizabeth Tobin Tyler

Elizabeth Tobin Tyler
Adjunct Professor of Law


Liz Tobin Tyler, JD, MA, is Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and of Health Services, Policy and Practice at the Brown University School of Public Health. She is also Co-Director of the Scholarly Concentration in Advocacy at the Alpert Medical School. Her work focuses on the intersection of health disparities, social determinants of health, law and policy. She is a leading expert on the development and promotion of medical-legal partnerships, which partner health care providers and lawyers to address the unmet legal needs of vulnerable patients and populations in order to improve health. She served as Director of Public Service and Community Partnerships and a Lecturer in Public Interest Law at RWU School of Law from 2002-2013

Selected Publications

Poverty, Health and Law: Readings and Cases for Medical-Legal Partnership (edit. E. Tobin Tyler, E. Lawton, K. Conroy, M. Sandel & B. Zuckerman) Carolina Academic Press, 2011.

 “Aligning Public Health, Health Care, Law and Policy: Medical-Legal Partnership as a Multilevel Response to the Social Determinants of Health,” 8 Journal of Health and Biomedical Law 211 (2012).

“Advancing Health Law and Social Justice in the Clinic, the Classroom and the Community”, 21 Annals of Health Law 237 (2012) (with E. Benfer, J. Ammann, L. Bliss, S. Caley, R. Pettignano).

 “Don’t Do it Alone: A Community-Based, Collaborative Approach to Pro Bono” (with L. Barron, S.  Harrington-Steppen and E. Vorenberg), 23 Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics 323 (Spring 2010).

“Allies Not Adversaries: Teaching Collaboration to the Next Generation of Doctors and Lawyers to Address Social Inequality,” 11 Journal of Health Care Law & Policy 249 (Summer 2008).