Representing low-income clients in a variety of health-related matters and fora.
In the Interdisciplinary Mental and Physical Health Law Clinic (Health Law Clinic), law students and graduate nursing students (in the spring semester) assist low-income clients to understand and assert their rights within the health care system, and to overcome barriers to necessary treatment. Students will make a real impact on the lives of their clients while learning substantive law and procedure, and sharpening their skills in interviewing, counseling, negotiation, and case presentation. At the same time, they will compare the roles of health care providers and advocates, as well as the rules that govern their respective practices.
Students will work individually or in interdisciplinary teams to represent clients with legal problems in administrative hearings as well as state and federal court. In past years, students have won numerous services for clients who had been denied wheelchairs, skilled nursing, medicines, and therapies by their health insurers; successfully petitioned the court for guardians for persons unable to make decisions for themselves, and won disability benefits for adults and children with severe disabilities.
Faculty: Professor Michael Campbell