Legal Theory and Practice: Health Law and AIDS (1 TO 6)
LTP SEMINAR/CLINIC: Clinical experience will involve advocating for persons and families impacted by HIV. Students will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with medical providers and social workers in addressing challenging new issues raised in part by advances in treatment for HIV illness. For example:
- What is a medical provider's responsibility in educating patients about medical treatment for HIV, including the consequences of non-adherence to medication and potential side effects of medication?
- When does a parent's failure or refusal to adhere to a particular medical treatment for her child amount to medical neglect warranting a report to protective services and possible removal of the child from her home?
- What other interventions may be available to facilitate working with the family and to ensure the child's medical needs are met?
- Can an adolescent consent to (or refuse) treatment without the involvement of his/ her parent or guardian?
Students will work under the supervision of Professor Deborah Weimer. The fall semester will be a 5 credit LTP Seminar (open to 12 students). Up to 8 students will continue in the spring for 4 credits, working on both law reform projects and individual representation in a clinic format. The fall class will include a 3 hour seminar and a 2 hour practice component. Students in the fall will be required to write a seminar paper (which may be for certification, assuming the topic is approved for this purpose), as well as engage in client representation.
In addition to the opportunity to participate in policy advocacy or impact litigation, students will have a caseload which may include: employment discrimination or Family Medical Leave Act claims, CINA (child welfare) cases, custody or guardianship of children, etc. Developing interviewing, counseling, negotiation and advocacy skills will be a major focus. Identifying and addressing professional responsibility issues in interdisciplinary practice will also be a major focus.
Students taking this course receive credit towards certification in the Law and Health Care Program. This clinic satisfies the Cardin Requirement.
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Last offered Fall 2003.
Key to Codes in Course Descriptions
C: Prerequisite or Concurrent Requirement
R: Recommended Prior or Concurrent Course
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