Selected Clinical Projects
Many of the Law School’s 15+ clinics have ongoing projects related to health care, health disparities, health policy, and disabilities. Recent clinical projects include:
Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic and Schell Center
Past health-related international human rights projects include:
- drafting model legislation, along with detailed commentary, on HIV/AIDS for groups working with parliamentarians from a number of African nations;
- working with the International Association of Women Judges to conduct legal and factual research on the intersection of HIV/AIDS, gender, and property rights in Zambia. Based on a mission to Zambia in the fall of 2005, the clinic produced a report for IAWJ that documented barriers faced by Zambian women who seek access to the legal system in the HIV/AIDS context; and
- researching and analyzing international and comparative law on a number of other issues, including women’s reproductive rights.
HeLP, the Health Law Partnership for Families
Based in the St. Raphael Hospital’s Pediatric Care Clinic, HeLP is a collaborative program of New Haven Legal Assistance Association and the hospital. This partnership provides an opportunity for Yale Law School students to work with LAA advocates and members of the hospital’s healthcare team on behalf of local children in addressing legal issues that manifest as, or aggravate, medical problems.
Legislative Advocacy Clinic
The Legislative Advocacy Clinic works with Connecticut Voices for Children to improve children’s lives. Recent health-related projects have included advocating for health care coverage for children of undocumented immigrants and establishing effective Medicaid screening and outreach.
Community and Economic Development Clinic
The Community and Economic Development Clinic is launching national and local projects to address food policy and regulation – issues that directly impact public health and wellness. Projects include lobbying on the Federal Farm and Child Nutrition bills and working to improve food, nutrition, and curriculum in the New Haven public schools.
Information Society Project
The Information Society Project at Yale Law School is an intellectual center for the study of a new age in which telecommunications and intellectual property are central determinants of the structure of society, the development of human culture, and democratic legitimacy. One of its central projects is the Access to Knowledge initiative (A2K). A2K focuses on the “information revolution” and aims to protect access to knowledge both as a basis for sustainable human development and to safeguard human rights. Access to health information and access to medicine are two key aspects of A2K.