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283.6 sec. 001 - Medical-Legal Partnerships: A Collaborative Approach to Social Justice (Fall 2020)

Instructor: Rose Goldberg  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 1
Grading Designation: Credit Only

Due to COVID-19, this class is remote for Fall 2020.
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


M 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
Location: Internet/Online
From August 17, 2020
To October 05, 2020

Course Start: August 17, 2020
Course End: October 05, 2020
Class Number: 32760

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 23
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 24
As of: 12/07 09:41 AM

This course explores how lawyers can collaborate with medical professionals through Medical-Legal Partnerships (MLP). MLPs are an innovative legal aid model: lawyers provide legal services onsite at medical facilities, and doctors make legal referrals and support cases with medical evidence. MLPs across the country tackle poverty, homelessness, discrimination, and other destabilizing social conditions.

In this seminar, students can expect to gain concrete skills, including how to develop winning medical evidence, how to prepare medical experts for administrative hearings, and how to navigate the ethical challenges that can arise in interdisciplinary work. The course will also cover the nuts and bolts of starting and running an MLP, such as how to draft foundational legal documents, and will provide an overview of the current state of MLP practice.

A medical expert will visit the class to train students on trauma-informed interviewing, how trauma affects memory and testimony, and how to work with clients in crisis. Students will also get an intimate perspective on MLP practice from guest speakers who run MLPs.

This course covers a range of populations served by MLPs, such as children, sexual assault survivors, immigrants, Native Americans, veterans, and LGBTQ individuals.

Rose Carmen Goldberg founded an MLP for homeless and low-income veterans in Oakland. Her MLP serves sexual assault survivors and veterans unlawfully kicked out of the military due to mental health conditions. She started this MLP as a Skadden Fellow. Rose currently practices impact litigation at the Office of the California Attorney General on behalf of vulnerable populations. She has a background in health policy, including several years at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She also worked in the U.S. Senate on health legislation and at the White House on Native American Affairs. Rose is a graduate of Yale Law School and has an MPA from Columbia University.

This course will have 7 class meetings. To allow for a makeup class because of unforeseen circumstances and the Labor Day Holiday, this course has 2 automatic make-up class scheduled. Students must be able to attend all 9 scheduled meetings to earn credit.

Real-time attendance at the first Zoom class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

Requirements Satisfaction:

Units from this class count towards the J.D. Experiential Requirement.

Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Social Justice and Public Interest

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