Fall 2014
    Law No.: LAW8645
    Sched. No.: 114821738

Health Law Clinic (YR)
Section 1
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Veldhuis, Nathan J.
Walters, Amy S.



Administrative Information:
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Days, Times (Room):R, 1500-1700 (SL276)
Credits:3Type:Yearlong clinic
Capacity:10 **This information is current as of 09/01/2014 06:13:09 AM**
Current Enrollment:6 **This information is current as of 09/01/2014 06:13:09 AM**

Course Description:

Students in this yearlong clinic represent mentally ill and elderly clients in legal proceedings, negotiations, administrative hearings and court proceedings (to the extent permitted by law) on a variety of legal matters. These include various civil rights, conditions of institutionalization, mental health care in jails and prisons, disability benefits claims, disability discrimination claims, access to housing, and access to mental health or rehabilitative services, creating wills and other testamentary documents, advanced directives and seeking justice for the mistreatment of seniors in various contexts.

Students also address systemic issues related to the provision of community-based services, the rights of the institutionalized, and the interface between the civil and criminal justice systems. Instruction in the substantive law of these areas will be provided in a classroom component throughout the clinic as dictated by the needs of the clients. The classroom component provides a forum for students to learn mental health, disability law, and elder law pertinent to the cases they are handling, as well as for the discussion of practice and ethical issues arising in those cases. Topics relating to the nature of psychiatric diagnosis and mental disorders, client competence and surrogate decision-making for incompetent clients and competence and autonomy issues involving mentally ill and elderly clients also are addressed.

In conjunction with the Legal Aid Justice Center and under the supervision of an attorney, students directly perform all the lawyerly functions associated with their cases, including client and witness interviews, factual development, legal research, preparation of documents and pleadings, and negotiation and advocacy in administrative forums and courts (to the extent permitted by law). Students meet weekly with the supervising attorney to discuss the readings, if any, assigned for that particular week and to receive case supervision, along with instruction concerning client interviewing and counseling, negotiation and case preparation. The supervising attorney accompanies each student to all administrative proceedings and court appearances. In addition to representing individual clients, students have the opportunity to engage in mental health advocacy at a systemic level, which may involve policy analysis and the development of policy proposals or proposed legislation, class-action litigation or advocacy work with community agencies. Students will earn three credits during the fall semester and five credits during the spring semester.

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT: Enrolled students who do not attend the first class session will be dropped. Students seeking to enroll in this course must attend the first class session.
ENROLLMENT LIMITATION: Students may enroll in one clinic per semester. On a space-available basis, students may petition to enroll in a second clinical offering after the add/drop period has ended.
COURSE REQUIREMENT: Client and witness interviews, factual development, legal research, preparation of documents and pleadings, and negotiation and advocacy in administrative forums and courts

This course is on the professional skills course list.