Clinic - Equal Justice America Disability Rights/ Health Law Clinic

Clinic - Equal Justice America Disability Rights/ Health Law Clinic

Course Number: LAW 839A/839B, ULSR
Course Credits: 4 (2 clinical, 2 academic)
Two semesters required Students advise and represent clients with disabilities and their families in a variety of transactional matters, civil cases and administrative proceedings. Students handle all stages of the litigation process, from initial client interviews, case assessment and counseling sessions, and drafting pleadings, through discovery, fact investigation, and settlement negotiations, to hearings and trials. In transactional matters, interns engage in client interviews and counseling, prepare draft and final documents, and supervise the execution of legal instruments. The Clinic caseload covers a broad range, with the common theme that each case involves significant issues of health law and requires the utilization of health law practice skills. Examples include challenging denials of access to health care, Social Security disability benefits, Medicaid and Medicare. Students also represent clients in the preparation of a range of legal documents, including wills, health care proxies, "living wills," powers of attorney, supplemental needs trusts, and other specialized legal instruments. Students assist families seeking guardianship of intellectually and developmentally disabled children, spouses, and parents, and help them plan for the future of family members with disabilities. Students develop sophisticated interviewing, counseling and drafting skills; and the ability to deal with legal problems often encountered by the elderly and disabled and their families. The Clinic seminar includes preparation for utilizing statutory schemes and regulatory systems central to health law practice, as well as negotiation, administrative hearing simulations and case rounds. Permission of the professor, based upon application and interview, is required. Professional Responsibility is a pre- or co-requisite.
Disability Law