For Medical Legal Partnership of Legal Aid of North Carolina - Durham
The Medical-Legal Partnership is
an alliance between health care providers and lawyers to benefit low-income and
at-risk residents of Durham and surrounding counties. It provides an
opportunity for medical providers to refer patients for legal assessment in
situations where a non-medical obstacle is impairing the overall health of a
patient. The legal team provides training for the physicians, 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 patient referral about the
situation and provide free legal help where appropriate.
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.