Albany Law School’s Health Law Clinic was recently awarded a five-year, $408,330.00 contract by the New York State Department of Health to allow student interns and their supervising attorney faculty member to provide direct legal representation to individuals with cancer and their families.
“This award is essential funding that not only allows us to help underrepresented members of the community, but also helps us provide the next generation of attorneys and advocates with the skills that they will need to help people for years to come,” said Professor Joe Connors, the director of the Health Law Clinic.
Established in 1992, the Health Law Clinic is staffed by experienced advocates and by skilled second- and third-year student interns. In addition to directly representing clients from Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady counties, the clinic also facilitates community education and outreach programs to increase access to legal services.
The Health Law Clinic is one of several clinics within Albany Law School’s Clinic & Justice Center, through which law students help hundreds of clients each year in such areas health care, domestic violence, civil rights, and taxes. The students, under the supervision of professors and practicing attorneys, help clients who might not otherwise have access to legal representation.
The National Jurist magazine recently ranked Albany Law School among the top 10 public interest law schools in the nation, based in large part on the volume of experiential opportunities available to the school’s students through the Law Clinic & Justice Center and other programs.