As a groundbreaking, medical-legal partnership with UM's Miller School of Medicine, the Health Rights Clinic explores innovative and collaborative ways to educate future lawyers and physicians to deliver quality care to underserved populations.
Students in the Health Rights Clinic assist low-income, health-impaired clients under the supervision of a professor and supervising attorneys who are also clinical instructors. Clients are referred by health care providers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and other community-based organizations and students work with health professionals to provide holistic care to patients and clients.
By integrating legal services as a vital component of healthcare, students in the Health Rights clinic provide holistic legal services to clients, free of charge. Students also:
In this clinic, students gain exposure to three types of law practice:
In the Health Rights Clinic, students not only work at the law school, they also interview potential clients at the following partner location sites:
WSVN-TV News 7- Channel 7 featured the work our clinic is doing at Miami's VA Hospital.
Miami Herald - Dual Medical-Law Degree to Provide 'Great Opportunity' for Deep Understanding of Both Fields Clinic Joins Miller School of Medicine in National Partnership
Listen to law and medical students speak about their meaningful experiences in the Health Rights Clinic Medical Legal Partnership.
ETL features the Health Rights Clinic in this video on its homepage.
Julie Morgan, Class of 2013, talks about the value of interacting with clients. Watch video
Why did Kayla Leland, J.D. '12, value this clinic? "I got to do what I came to law school to do – be an attorney." Watch video
David Berk, J.D. '12, discusses the benefits of the clinic and how he worked with clients from start to finish. Watch video
Ashley Dewelde, J.D. '12, not only participated as an intern but decided to come back to be a fellow in the Health Rights Clinic. Watch video
Kathryn Desire, JD '11: "...instead of just reading about something in book, you're actually getting to apply your knowledge. Watch video
Summer 2012 Clinic Interns Full-Size Photo
Students meet with a client prior to winning a hearing regarding her disability benefits with the Social Security Administration. Read more about how our clinic has won over $150,000 in Social Security back payments for disabled clients.
Intern Alexandra Plasencia at a "Know Your Rights" Presentation at a Hialeah, FL Community Center.
Helping Haitians apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Click here to view photos on Flickr
Our student, Joel H. Feigenbaum, published the article "Out of the Ivory Tower and Into the Trenches: A Student's Perspective on the Role of Clinical Education in Training" in the Florida Bar Family Law Section Commentator. Read article on page 36
Patricia Elizee, JD '10, and Larisa Hernandez, JD '09 participated in the Health Rights Clinic and have opened their own firm specializing in areas of the law they practiced while in our clinic. www.elizeehernandez.com