• Press Release

Former New York City Bar Association Executive Director Named as President of the Mount Sinai Medical Legal Partnership

  • (December 19, 2017)

The Mount Sinai Medical Legal Partnership (MSMLP), which offers free legal services to vulnerable patients, has appointed Barbara Berger Opotowsky as President.

Ms. Opotowsky joins MSMLP after serving for 15 years as the Executive Director of the New York City Bar Association where she was responsible for the operation of the 24,000-member organization. Ms. Opotowsky was involved with access-to-justice issues at the Association through its sister organization, the City Bar Justice Center. Joining the Partnership will allow her to continue her work to increase access to justice for the most vulnerable patients in the Mount Sinai Health System.

Prior to the City Bar, Ms. Opotowsky was the President of the Better Business Bureau of Metropolitan New York, Assistant Commissioner of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, and a lawyer in private practice.

“Barbara brings a wealth of legal experience and social justice advocacy that will lead the Mount Sinai Medical Legal Partnership in connecting patients with the legal help they need for holistic well-being,” said Beth Essig, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Mount Sinai Health System.

Mount Sinai Health System established the MSMLP a year ago to provide the most vulnerable of its patients with free legal services to prevent and remedy the social and environmental conditions that can negatively affect a patient’s overall well-being.  MSMLP brings together lawyers and health care teams, implementing integrated approaches to holistically caring for Mount Sinai’s patients by giving patients legal help in the areas of housing, education, benefits, family law issues, wills, and immigration.

The Mount Sinai Medical Legal Partnership Board is co-chaired by Bettina Plevan, a partner at Proskauer Rose LLP, and Allison Charney, a partner at Foley & Lardner, LLP.

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