Carly joined DREDF staff in Fall 2017 as a George Barrett Social Justice Fellow dedicated to improving access to health care for low-income people with disabilities.
Carly graduated Order of the Coif from Vanderbilt University Law School in Spring 2017, where she received the Pro Bono Service Award for most pro bono hours in her graduating class and the Bennett Douglas Bell Memorial Award, awarded to the student who is not only well-versed in the law, but who embodies the highest conception of ethics of the profession. Prior to law school, Carly worked for five years at a physical rehabilitation hospital, where she was exposed to systemic problems within the health care system and how it particularly disadvantages low-income people with disabilities.
While in law school, Carly interned with numerous nonprofit organizations. At the Tennessee Justice Center, she advocated on behalf of low-income families who faced barriers accessing health care, including representing a young girl at a Medicaid hearing and securing her access to learning disorder and mental health testing. At Disability Rights Tennessee, she advocated for the education and health care rights of children and adults with disabilities, including drafting a Department of Education OCR Complaint. At Vanderbilt’s Medical-Legal Partnership with the VA Hospital, she provided civil legal services to low-income veterans with disabilities, in an effort to identify, resolve, and prevent health-harming social conditions. At the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, she assisted low-income families with Medicaid, Medicare, SSI, SSDI, and SNAP appeals in the Health and Benefits Department. And finally, as an intern with DREDF, Carly advocated for the health care rights of people with disabilities and drafted a complaint challenging private health plan’s discriminatory coverage of essential medical equipment. Carly is eager to continue and expand her advocacy with DREDF as an attorney fellow.