ASL Partnership with Ballad Health

The Appalachian School of Law, Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business and the Southwest Virginia Legal Aid Society announce a medical-legal partnership (“MLP”) with Ballad Health that will focus on addressing unmet legal needs and economic hardships.

The partnership is focused on Appalachian School of Law students, under the supervision of attorneys, providing free legal services to Ballad Health team members in Virginia. Ballad Health – like many health systems across the nation – experienced significant revenue loss from the postponement of elective surgeries and procedures due to COVID-19. As a result of the virus, Ballad Health team members may have unmet needs for legal services.

The supervising attorneys and students will provide legal services to Ballad Health team members under the guidance of Appalachian School of Law faculty and Southwest Virginia Legal Aid Society attorneys. Professors from Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business plan to collect and analyze the data from the survey participants in the program to capture the impact of the MLP and the impact that COVID-19 has on the lives of the participants.

Generally, medical-legal partnerships address health issues that are attributable to, or exacerbated by, unmet legal needs. By entering into a strategic collaboration, medical, legal, and business professionals combine their expertise to provide a holistic approach to addressing socio-economic needs that influence health. Medical-legal partnerships across the nation have demonstrated promising results and during the pandemic have been responding to the needs of health care providers.

Ballad Health team members in Virginia who are interested in participating in the program should contact the Appalachian School of Law by calling 276-244-1289 or emailing


Contact: Appalachian School of Law: Mark Kelsey,

Posted February 13th 2021 Posted by Brian Presley