2007 Clinic News

2007 Clinic News

Clinic Gets $490,000 Grant for Securities Arbitration (AlbanyLaw Magazine, Spring 2007)

Two Clinic Students Take On Insurance Firm and Win (AlbanyLaw Magazine, Spring 2007)

Clinic Professor Gets "Community Leader of the Year" Award (AlbanyLaw Magazine, Fall 2007)

Connors Awarded for Service and Teaching (AlbanyLaw Magazine, Fall 2007)

School Gains New Faculty and Clinic Program Director (AlbanyLaw Magazine, Fall 2007)

State Bar Awards Two Albany Law Students for Pro Bono Work (AlbanyLaw Magazine, Fall 2007)


Health Law Clinic Students Win Insurance Appeal for Life-Prolonging Drug
Albany Law School's Health Law Clinic successfully appealed a crucial insurance denial for a client with terminal, irreversible, primary brain cancer.

On Sept. 6, 2007, the Clinic submitted the appeal for insurance coverage of the cutting-edge treatment Avastin/CPT-11-known generically as Bevacizumab and Irinotecan. Six days later, Empire Blue Cross approved the treatment, finding it "medically necessary," and will provide coverage for one year of life-prolonging treatment.

The appeal included a cover letter requesting an expedited appeal, the client's affidavit, an affidavit from the client's physician and research studies demonstrating the proven benefits of this treatment.  Click here to view these documents.


Health Law Clinic Students Win Insurance Case For Cancer Patient
Second-year law students Charles Dunham IV and Laura Kenney recently won a case that forced United Healthcare to pay for a 20-year old cancer patient's Rituxan treatment, a decision that may impact some 8,000 Americans who are diagnosed each year with Hodgkin's disease.

On Feb. 1, 2007, the Albany Times Union wrote an article about the victory.

The case was also featured on WAMC-FM, a Albany, N.Y. NPR affiliate. To listen to WAMC story, click here and then click on "MP3."


Prof. Bridgit Burke Named '2007 Community Leader of the Year'
Date: 07/23/2007

Albany Law School Professor Bridgit Burke was named recipient of the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council's "Community Leader of the Year" award for 2007.  Burke is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and director of the Civil Rights & Disabilities Law Clinic in Albany Law School's Clinic & Justice Center.

The Community Leader of the Year award honors a local public official or community leader who, through his/her efforts, has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the support of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, and whose accomplishments have led to increased opportunities for disabled New Yorkers to pursue educational, employment, independent living and community participation opportunities.

Through her teaching and her significant pro bono work, Burke has long advocated for rights and opportunities for people with disabilities to pursue education, independence and community participation.

She will be honored at a ceremony in Albany this fall.