Courtney Powers previously served as Vice President of Public Policy for the Daughters of Charity Health System (DCHS). At DCHS Powers played a leadership role in shaping and executing DCHS’ public policy agenda. She led the creation and administration of the Right to Health Project, a medical-legal partnership at St. Francis Medical Center providing legal services to low-income community members.
Powers received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley Phi Beta Kappa, and her J.D. from the UCLA School of Law. After graduation, she worked as a litigation associate at Folger Levin & Kahn LLP. A lecturer at UCLA School of Law, she teaches a course entitled “Intersection of Law, Health and Public Policy: Medical-Legal Partnerships” and a Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic. She has also taught a “Women and the Law” course at Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles.
Powers’ recent publications include: “Strange Bedfellows: Lawyers and Doctors Work Together to Advance Patient Care,” Los Angeles Daily Journal (April 2011); and “Get Set for ‘Girl Territory’ on Court,” Sacramento Bee (July 2010).
Powers serves on the board of Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and the UCLA Law Alumni Association. She previously served on the Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women. She has helped form the National Foster Youth Institute, a non-profit organization in Washington D.C. dedicated to improving the well-being of foster youth and families.