HeLP Fellowship Named for Scott
Charity Scott, Catherine C. Henson Professor of Law, was recognized for her “vision, inspiration, and resourcefulness” in HeLP’s creation at the annual Shake It Up for HeLP event in April.
“HeLP’s advisory council, staff and faculty wanted to honor Charity because, without her, HeLP wouldn’t have gotten off the ground,” said Sylvia Caley (M.B.A. ’86, J.D. ’89), clinical professor and director of HeLP. “In many respects she is the mother of HeLP. Her ideas and energy are embedded in everything HeLP has accomplished during the last 13 years.”
“Charity Scott, along with Sylvia Caley, was the driving force in the creation of the HeLP project,” said Steve Gottlieb, executive director of Atlanta Legal Aid Society. “The word I always use to describe Charity is relentless, because she would not give up on her belief that patients in hospitals, especially children, needed a collaboration between lawyers and doctors to address the social and economic determinants of their health.”
“Happily, being ‘relentless’ over the years paid off when we finally and formally entered into our community partnership in 2004,” Scott said.
Since its founding, HeLP has expanded within Atlanta and has become a national model for medical-legal partnerships. HeLP’s success is founded on the strengths of its leaders and partners and has succeeded due to the efforts of faculty, students, volunteers and countless supporters in our community, Scott said.
In addition to the award, HeLP members set up the Charity Scott Summer Law Student Scholarship, which will provide a stipend to students who work full time for 10 weeks during the summer at the HeLP office, Caley said.
“HeLP’s clients have received significant financial, social, personal, and other benefits over the years through HeLP’s legal representation, which have profoundly contributed to improving the health and well-being of so many children and families in Atlanta.” – Charity Scott, Catherine C. Henson Professor of Law.