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Health Care Delivery and Child Welfare Seminar: The Aids Example: Legal Theory and Practice (5/4)

This offering, 5 credits in the fall and 4 credits in the spring, will provide students with relevant background to assist them in taking a problem solving approach to the issues identified in practice. Substantive emphasis may vary depending on case development. Among the questions to be addressed will be the following:

  • What is a medical providerís responsibility in educating patients about medical treatment for HIV, including the consequences to non-adherence to medication and potential side effects of medication?
  • Who should make the decision about when to begin taking medication?
  • When does a parentís failure or refusal to adhere to a particular medication regimen for his/her child amount to medical neglect warranting a report to protective services and possible removal of the child from his/her home?
  • Can an adolescent consent to (or refuse) testing and treatment for HIV without the involvement of his/her parents or guardian? Who makes medical decisions for adolescents in foster care or group homes?
  • What options exist when an adolescent is endangering his/her life by refusing to take medication for HIV illness?
  • What services might be helpful to trying to reach at-risk adolescents?
  • Should pregnant women be overtly tested for HIV or should informed consent protections remain in place?
The offering will address the following topics:
  • Medical Decisionmaking, including Informed Consent, Testing and Confidentiality Protections;
  • Parental Decisionmaking for Children and Adolescents;
  • Medical Neglect and the CINA system;
  • Issues Arising in Conducting Research with Children;
  • Clinical Trials;
  • Kinship Care, Barrier Faced By Caregivers;
  • Public Benefit Issues including medical assistance;
  • Advocating for children/adolescents with special needs in school
  • Lawyer role, Interdisciplinary Practice;
  • Ethical Issues (students will be asked to identify and write about issues as they arise in practice);
  • Client Interviewing and Counseling;
  • Dealing with Difference in Law Practice (students will be asked to identify differences/similarities between them and their clients and how they affect their representation of the client);
  • Developing a Theory of the Case;
  • Fact Investigation and Negotiation and Advocacy Strategies;
  • Medical and Psycho-social issues faced by people with HIV Illness

Students wishing to enroll will be required to attend the Clinical Law Programís pre-semester orientation in August.

A paper written for this seminar may be used to satisfy the Advanced Writing Requirement.

This course qualifies for credit toward the Health Law Certificate.

Current & Previous Instructors:

This course is not currently scheduled.


Key to Codes in Course Descriptions
P: Prerequisite
C: Prerequisite or Concurrent Requirement
R: Recommended Prior or Concurrent Course

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