Courtney Powers is the Vice President and General Counsel of GRACE, a new ministry of the Daughters of Charity Ministry Services Corporation dedicated to reducing barriers to full human development and economic stability. She previously served as Vice President of Public Policy for the Daughters of Charity Health System (DCHS). While at DCHS she created and led the administration of the Right to Health Project, a medical-legal partnership at St. Francis Medical Center providing legal services to low-income community members, which she continues to lead. Powers taught Intersection of Law, Health, and Public Policy: Medical-Legal Partnerships with Michelle Kezirian.
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 for Folger Levin & Kahn LLP. She was previously an adjunct professor at Mount St. Mary’s College where she taught Women and the Law.
Powers’ recent publications include: “Judges Should Not Have To Open Up Their Private Lives,” Sacramento Bee (June 2011); “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. She previously served on the Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women. She recently 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.