Project HEAL is Maryland’s only comprehensive medical-legal partnership. 

A community-based program of the Maryland Center for Developmental project-heal-charitable-program-of-excellence.pngDisabilities (MCDD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute, Project HEAL provides comprehensive advocacy and civil legal services for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are patients at Kennedy Krieger Institute and their families. Project HEAL attorneys collaborate with Kennedy Krieger faculty, staff and trainees to ensure that patients receive the medical and legal care they need when there is a civil legal issue requiring an attorney.

Advocacy and Legal Services:

  • Representation: in special education matters. Cases are opened at the discretion of the attorneys.
  • Limited representation: brief advice, document review, referrals, information, and resources.
  • Case consultations: advice to Kennedy Krieger faculty, staff, and trainees.
  • Pro bono referrals: Baker Donelson, Ballard Spahr, LLP, DLA Piper, Offit|Kurman and nonprofit legal services organizations.
  • Professional trainings: for faculty, staff and trainees.
  • Community trainings: for children, families, service providers and outside agencies.

Project HEAL provides legal services for Kennedy Krieger patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Project HEAL attorneys review all cases to determine if a civil legal issue exists that requires the intervention of an attorney. However, the existence of a civil legal issue does not guarantee representation; Project HEAL attorneys may provide referrals, brief advice, or full representation based on the patient’s specific issue and the discretion of Project HEAL attorneys. If a case proceeds to representation, families must provide proof of income to determine appropriate fees based on Project HEAL’s sliding-scale, fee-for-service model.

To connect with Project HEAL, please call (443) 923-4414.

Here's what a Harford County guardian said of Project HEAL's help in April 2014:

Project HEAL intervened to stop the illegal practice of dismissing children with disabilities 20 minutes early each school day to access their specialized transportation services. My son and his peers now have equal access to their academic instruction.”

Visit the Client Testimonials page to read what parents and guardians impacted by Project HEAL are saying.


Maureen van Stone, Esq., MS
Founder, Project HEAL
1741 Ashland Avenue, Office 411
Baltimore, MD 21205
Tel: (443) 923-4416
Fax: (443) 923-4417

Mallory Legg, Esq.
Director, Project HEAL
1741 Ashland Avenue, Office 413
Baltimore, MD 21205
Tel: (443) 923-9571
Fax: (443) 923-4417

Kendall Murphy, Esq.
Staff Attorney
1741 Ashland Avenue, Office 412
Baltimore, MD 21205
Tel: (443) 923-9594
Fax: (443) 923-4417

Click here to view bios of Project HEAL's trainees.

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