Jane Perkins '81 to Receive the 2016 Kutak-Dodds Prize from the National Legal Aid & Defender Association

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On September 29 in Washington, D.C, the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) will present the Kutak-Dodds Prize to National Health Law (NHeLP) Legal Director Jane Perkins ’81.

Established in 1989, the Kutak-Dodds award is jointly sponsored by NLADA and the Robert J Kutak Foundation and includes a $10,000 cash prize. The Kutak-Dodds Prize honors an “equal justice advocate who, through the practice of law, has contributed in a significant way to the enhancement of the human dignity and quality of life of those persons unable to afford legal representation.”

NLADA is the nation’s oldest nonprofit group dedicated to providing legal services to those who cannot afford counsel.

According to NLADA, Perkins was chosen, in part, “for engaging in litigation and advocacy on behalf of low-income people with disabilities, and children in all 50 states.”

Perkins has served as counsel in more than 30 high-profile lawsuits across the county to protect and advance the health rights of low-income and underserved individuals. She is also a senior attorney with the Network for Public Health Law-Southeastern Region. Perkins has taught health law and policy at Carolina Law and served as a clinical associate professor in health policy at the UNC School of Social Work.

-August 29, 2016

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