In both this course and in the companion Health Care Delivery and Child Welfare Legal Issues: The Challenge of the AIDS EpidemicóLegal Theory and Practice, the 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?
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 toward certification in the Law and Health Care Program.
This is a two semester clinic. Students enroll for 4 credits in fall and 4 in spring. The clinic is open to 8 students. This clinic will satisfy the Cardin Requirement.
Students who enroll in this course are required to attend a full, one day Law Practice Orientation Program.
Current & Previous Instructors:
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Spring, 2014 (Day).