Learn to be a lawyer while advocating for low-income people facing cancer.
Since Fall 2015, HJC student attorneys have staffed LegalCare at Roswell, a medical-legal partnership serving patients of Roswell Park Cancer Institute who otherwise would not have access to a lawyer.
HJC students will interview, counsel, draft legal documents, and advocate for patients in legal matters commonly experienced by people with cancer, such as:
Medical-legal partnerships bring lawyers and front-line health care providers together to address legal barriers to patient health in the medical setting. For example, if poor rental housing conditions such as mold or rat infestation are exacerbating a child's asthma condition, then medication won't effectively control the child's asthma attacks; rather, the asthma needs to be “treated” with a legal intervention to enforce landlord compliance with housing conditions laws.
The HJC also works collaboratively with local health and advocacy partners to support good health at the population level through changes to statutes, regulations, and policies. Current community partners include Neighborhood Legal Services and Center for Elder Law & Justice.
HJC students develop skills transferrable to virtually any legal practice setting, including:
At the same time, we think broadly about how U.S. legal, healthcare, and social service systems support – or fail to support – good health and quality of life across the lifespan. As part of this broader conversation, we learn about population-level health disparities, discuss whether such disparities constitute injustice, and consider how and why lawyers can contribute to alleviating health disparities.