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Florida Bar Foundation Awards Grant to Miami Law Clinics

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The Florida Bar Foundation has awarded Miami Law a $22,500 grant to support the Children and Youth Law Clinic and the Health and Elder Law Clinic. These two clinics provide in-house and live client legal services to the community.

"We're delighted that the Florida Bar Foundation has proven once again that they are a big supporter of our work," said Miami Law Professor Bernard Perlmutter, Director of the Children and Youth Law Clinic. "We're very grateful for their support, generosity and confidence."

The Children & Youth Law Clinic provides legal services to children in the foster care system and former foster youth who have aged out of the system. CYLC uses a holistic approach, representing clients on a wide range of legal issues including dependency, mental health, disability, education, independent living, immigration, public benefits, landlord-tenant and other general civil matters. CYLC also engages in law reform litigation, as well as legislative and policy advocacy on issues impacting low-income children.

The Health and Elder Law Clinic assists low-income clients who are referred through the clinic's partnerships with healthcare providers including the UM School of Nursing and Health Studies and Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. Students represent clients in federal and state administrative hearings and in a variety of courts on health-related legal matters. They also prepare wills, durable power of attorney documents and guardianship documents. In addition, students engage in policy and impact work on a variety of topics related to healthcare including HIV and confidentiality issues and immigrant eligibility rules. In addition to legal services, the Clinic coordinates community outreach initiatives, conducting "Know Your Rights" presentations to client groups and teaches healthcare professionals and social workers how to make a difference in a client's legal case.

The funds will assist in covering travel, litigation and staffing expenses.