Miriam Delaney Heard is a Senior Attorney in the National Health Law Program’s North Carolina office. In addition to working with the National Health Law Program’s litigation team to develop innovative legal theories to advance the health rights of low income and underserved individuals, Miriam’s work includes policy advocacy and legal education.
Miriam joined the National Health Law Program after eleven years with the statewide nonprofit law firm, Legal Aid of North Carolina, where she worked her way up to serve as supervising attorney. At Legal Aid of NC, she provided direct representation to hundreds of clients with Medicaid and Social Security appeals as well as TANF, SNAP, and other public benefits issues. Miriam secured the rights of children with disabilities under the IDEA and she served as a legal consultant for a Medical-Legal Partnership collaboration.
Miriam graduated as a member of the charter class of Elon University School of Law in 2009. Prior to that, she graduated magna cum laude from Salem College with a degree in English and creative writing.
Miriam is an avid reader and can often be found in indie bookstores adding to her fiction collection.