In this course, 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. Students will represent low-income clients living with or impacted by HIV in a range of civil matters which may include: public benefit appeals, family law cases (child custody, CINA, adult guardianship, divorce), employment discrimination or Family Medical Leave Act claims, and life planning (preparing medical advanced directives, simple wills, and powers of attorney). In addition to individual client representation, students will also have the opportunity to do community legal education workshops for providers and people living with HIV, as well as participate in interdisciplinary community outreach projects and case rounds.
Developing interviewing, counseling, negotiation and written and oral advocacy skills will be a major focus. Identifying and addressing professional responsibility issues in interdisciplinary practice as well as understanding the role that lawyers can play in advancing health outcomes for people living with HIV will also be a major focus. Students will get significant client contact and will have the opportunity to gain litigation experience, as well as experience representing clients in public benefits, family law, employment law and/or life planning matters.
Students taking this course receive credit toward certification in the Law and Health Care Program. This clinic is offered as a two semester, year-long clinic (4 credits in the Fall and 4 credits in the Spring) and as a one semester clinic (6 credits in the fall). The year-long clinic is open to 6 students; the fall semester option is open to 4 students. This clinic will satisfy the Cardin Requirement.
Students who enroll in this course are required to attend the Clinical Law Programís pre-semester orientation in August.
|549D (CRN: 25611) Credits: 4|
Spring, 2017 (Day).