For Legal Aid/UNC Hospitals Medical/Legal Partnership
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.
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.