Selected Clinical Projects
Many of the Law School’s clinics have ongoing projects related to health care, health disparities, health policy, and disabilities. A sampling of recent clinical projects is below:
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.
The Nonprofit Organization Clinic provides legal assistance to nonprogit organizations that cannot afford to retain private counsel to help in the process of organization and incorporation, obtaining tax exemption, and solving related issues.
The Sol and Lillian Goldman Family Advocacy for Children and Youth Clinic represents children in neglect or uncared-for proceedings in the New Haven Superior Court for Juvenile Matters. Students grapple with critical issues that arise at this unique moment in the history of the family and often confront crisis decision-making as they represent clients who have recently been removed from their homes.
The Veterans Legal Services Clinic represents Connecticut veterans in litigation before administrative agencies and courts, on benefits, discharge upgrade, immigration, and pardon matters. In addition, students represent local and national organizations in non-litigation matters relating to the legal needs of veterans, including regulatory and legislative reform efforts, media advocacy, strategic planning, and other matters.
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.
The Landlord/Tenant Clinic works with New Haven families who are dealing with serious housing issues, including rented homes that lack basic amenities such as heat and running water. The LLT clinic provides students with a unique opportunity to gain legal experience while helping real clients in serious need.
The Information Society Project 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.