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Legal Aid/UNC Hospitals Medical/Legal Partnership

Legal Services

Fall; Spring; Summer

Work Description

The Medical-Legal Partnership is an alliance between health care providers and lawyers to benefit low-income and at-risk children. It provides an opportunity for pediatric providers to refer patients for legal assessment in situations where a non-medical obstacle is impairing the overall health of a child. The legal team provides training for the pediatricians, nurses, social workers, and other staff about legal issues that may be facing their patients. A referral mechanism allows the providers to refer the patients to the legal team. A member of the legal team will interview the child’s parent or guardian about the situation and provide free legal help where appropriate.  

http://law.duke.edu/partnershipforchildren/

Students will divide their time between direct client work on cases referred from the Medical-Legal Partnership and program development. Priority will be given to direct client work. At the present time, the program development work includes: developing pro se materials and training materials; training health care providers; and evaluating, planning for and implementing program expansion as the need arises.

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