Health Justice Clinic student attorneys Donell Gibson '18 and Eric Weyand '18 strategize about a client representation.

Health Justice Clinic student attorneys Donell Gibson '18 and Eric Weyand '18 strategize about a client representation.

Health Justice Law & Policy Clinic

Learn to lawyer while serving low-income people facing cancer, changing the way health care is delivered, and advocating for population health.

The HJC is the legal partner in LegalCare at Roswell Park, a medical-legal partnership serving patients of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center who otherwise would not have access to a lawyer. 

In addition to functioning as the lead lawyers in a variety of civil legal matters, HJC student attorneys work on the "social determinants of health" - everything that contributes to health status that isn't genetics or biology - in both individual representations and projects aimed at health-enhancing systems change.

Contact Us

Danielle Pelfrey Duryea, Assistant Dean for Interprofessional Education and Health Law Initiatives

516 O'Brian Hall, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1100
716-645-2167
aw-clinic@buffalo.edu

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Clinic student attorneys Katherine McCarley '20 and Charles Terranova '20 celebrate in the LegalCare office after executing their first power of attorney for a Roswell Park client.

Clinic student attorneys Katherine McCarley '20 and Charles Terranova '20 celebrate in the LegalCare office after executing their first power of attorney for a Roswell Park client.

HJC practice is the practice of law, in all its messiness, unpredictability, challenge, and reward.  HJC student-attorneys develop skills transferrable to virtually any legal practice setting, including:

  • How to advocate for individuals both informally and in negotiations, courtroom, and/or administrative settings;
  • How to build client-centered attorney-client relationships;
  • How to interview and counsel effectively;
  • How to work with and within the context of a large corporation;
  • How to collaborate with other professionals to advance client goals and improve client outcomes;
  • How to communicate with non-lawyers about legal issues and rights;
  • How to conceptualize and advocate for systems change based on an understanding of how particular laws, regulations and/or policies affect individual lives; and
  • How to work with community partners to advance positive change.

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