Natalia Botella

_MG_5881 copy (Square)Medical-Legal Partnership Attorney

Equal Justice Works Fellow, sponsored by Boston Scientific Corporation and Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart

Botella received her J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law as a Chancellors’ Scholar after earning her B.S.P.H. in health policy and management with a minor in Hispanic studies from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Before joining LSSP, she interned with Legal Aid of North Carolina-Durham’s Medical-Legal Partnership in 2013 as well as serving as an intern with LSSP’s Family Support and Health Care Program in the summer of 2012. In 2010, she also interned with the N.C. Office of Rural Health and Community Care and worked as a research assistant for the Sheps Center for Health Services Research.

During her time in the school of public health, Botella developed an interest in health care access issues and disparities. After her previous internship with LSSP, she saw firsthand the transformative effects of direct representation and advocacy. She believes that medical-legal partnerships show great promise in easing the burdens faced by patients and improving health outcomes by addressing legal issues that impact the social determinants of health. She is looking forward to the variety in day-to-day activities, including assisting clients, working with hospital staff and engaging pro bono partners. In her free time, Botella enjoys traveling and has been to 15 countries so far. Outside of the office, you can find her going to the theater, practicing yoga and playing board games and trivia.