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2013-2014

Clinic Students: ƒƒ Improve lives: work with real clients on real cases ƒƒ Select a field placement, from more than 150 options in New York’s powerful capital

Providing Equal Access to Justice

ƒƒ Fulfill the New York pro bono requirement through an in-house clinic or field placement ƒƒ Gain transferable skills, build resumes and focus job interviews with real law practice experience

8 0 N E W S C O T L A N D AV E N U E A L B A N Y, N E W Y O R K 1 2 2 0 8 - 3 4 9 4

As a small, independent private school in New York State’s capital, Albany Law School offers a superb setting to gain legal experience in local courts, state agencies and federal offices.

THE LAW CLINIC & JUSTICE CENTER

Office of Admissionsƒ Phone: 518-445-2326 admissions@albanylaw.edu The Albany Law Clinic & Justice Centerƒ Phone: 518-445-2328 clinics@albanylaw.edu


Make a difference through law. Interview and counsel clients. Negotiate with opposing counsel in a federal court case. Argue before a judge in state court. Prepare and try criminal cases under district attorney and faculty supervision.

“My passion for this work started at Albany Law’s Clinic & Justice Center. Today, I am working in one of the most advanced forensic labs in the nation. I wouldn’t be here without my experience at Clinic.” Mimi Mairs ’96, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, New York, N.Y.

The Law Clinic & Justice Center offers students valuable practical experience for academic credit while they are still in law school. The Clinic models a public interest law firm, offering eligible clients free legal services and providing students with real skills in the practice of law. Students might help a disabled child receive a better education, an AIDS patient gain access to health care, or resolve a dispute for a victim of identity theft. Students have helped domestic violence survivors find protection for themselves and their children. Others have prosecuted the batterers. At Albany Law School, students will find an extraordinary level of interaction with your professors through one-on-one meetings, group discussions and extensive simulation exercises.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CLINICS In the Family Violence Litigation Clinic & Immigration Project, students conduct court appearances, negotiations, hearings and trials under faculty supervision while learning about the dynamics of domestic violence and the substantive law and procedure of family and municipal courts as well as adjunctive bodies. Cases may include family offenses, custody, child neglect proceedings and immigration relief for domestic violence victims. The Domestic Violence Prosecution Clinic provides students with the opportunity to work with victims, advocates, police officers, judges and court personnel to create change in the criminal justice system. With faculty supervision and support, students assist in the prosecution of domestic violence and sexual assault crimes by preparing cases, appearing in court and conducting hearings and trials. CIVIL RIGHTS AND DISABILITIES LAW CLINIC Students advocate for individuals with developmental disabilities through impact litigation, policy development, community education and community collaboration. Work focuses on reforming the system that the clients depend upon. By engaging in this work, the students transform from emerging professionals to competent professionals.

HEALTH LAW CLINIC Students hone their legal skills by helping low-income clients with chronic health impairments such as HIV/AIDS or cancer. Students tackle a broad array of health-related problems ranging from securing public benefits and services to planning for the future security of a client’s family. Currently, the Clinic is a primary free legal services provider for low-income area families affected by HIV/AIDS or cancer in the greater Capital Region. INTRODUCTION TO LITIGATION CLINIC Students learn basic lawyering skills with a focus on the litigation process. Under faculty supervision, students assist low-income clients who have been denied unemployment insurance benefits, through client interviews, legal research, fact investigation, case planning, and client representation in administrative proceedings or in state court. TAX CLINIC Students help low-income clients resolve disputes with the IRS through advocacy, negotiation and litigation. Cases may involve issues of identity theft, Social Security benefits, earned income tax credit and tax relief for innocent spouses. Students interview and counsel clients and then negotiate with or litigate against the IRS.

FIELD PLACEMENT CLINIC Albany Law offers more than 150 off-site legal experiences, all supervised and mentored by skilled attorneys and faculty. Students can choose to work at: ƒƒ More than 40 federal, state, appellate, county, family, city, bankruptcy or surrogate courts ƒƒ Four environmental agencies/ organizations ƒƒ Ten different public defender’s offices ƒƒ Twelve participating state and federal prosecutor’s offices ƒƒ Twelve health-related agencies ƒƒ More than 20 public interest organizations ƒƒ More than 50 state, federal and local government agencies CLINICAL SEMESTERS Students can spend one semester offcampus and receive intensive hands-on experience and an opportunity to see legal work up close. ƒƒ Semester in Government—ƒ Washington, D.C. Students can gain experience in government by working full-time in a state agency, in an executive department or for a variety of federal government agencies in Washington, D.C. ƒƒ Semester in Practice Students can take part in intensive legal practice, guided by a faculty member and mentor attorney, by working in a judicial, governmental or public interest office in New York’s capital.

HELPING A CANCER PATIENT GET HEALTH COVERAGE Two Albany Law School students waged a successful legal battle against an insurance company that refused to cover drug costs to treat Jennifer, a 20-year-old cancer patient who was battling Hodgkin’s disease. Unable to pay the $40,000 bill, Jennifer brought her dispute to the Health Law Clinic. The Clinic, with the support of Jennifer’s physicians, persuaded the State Health Insurance Department to rule that United Healthcare must cover the costs of the drug Rituxan, which was proving effective in Jennifer’s treatment. Structured on the premise that medical-legal collaboration not only helps resolve legal disputes, but also leads to improved health outcomes for its clients, the Health Law Clinic offers free legal services to the community while teaching students to be client-centered advocates.


2013-2014

Clinic Students: ƒƒ Improve lives: work with real clients on real cases ƒƒ Select a field placement, from more than 150 options in New York’s powerful capital

Providing Equal Access to Justice

ƒƒ Fulfill the New York pro bono requirement through an in-house clinic or field placement ƒƒ Gain transferable skills, build resumes and focus job interviews with real law practice experience

8 0 N E W S C O T L A N D AV E N U E A L B A N Y, N E W Y O R K 1 2 2 0 8 - 3 4 9 4

As a small, independent private school in New York State’s capital, Albany Law School offers a superb setting to gain legal experience in local courts, state agencies and federal offices.

THE LAW CLINIC & JUSTICE CENTER

Office of Admissionsƒ Phone: 518-445-2326 admissions@albanylaw.edu The Albany Law Clinic & Justice Centerƒ Phone: 518-445-2328 clinics@albanylaw.edu


Make a difference through law. Interview and counsel clients. Negotiate with opposing counsel in a federal court case. Argue before a judge in state court. Prepare and try criminal cases under district attorney and faculty supervision.

“My passion for this work started at Albany Law’s Clinic & Justice Center. Today, I am working in one of the most advanced forensic labs in the nation. I wouldn’t be here without my experience at Clinic.” Mimi Mairs ’96, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, New York, N.Y.

The Law Clinic & Justice Center offers students valuable practical experience for academic credit while they are still in law school. The Clinic models a public interest law firm, offering eligible clients free legal services and providing students with real skills in the practice of law. Students might help a disabled child receive a better education, an AIDS patient gain access to health care, or resolve a dispute for a victim of identity theft. Students have helped domestic violence survivors find protection for themselves and their children. Others have prosecuted the batterers. At Albany Law School, students will find an extraordinary level of interaction with your professors through one-on-one meetings, group discussions and extensive simulation exercises.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CLINICS In the Family Violence Litigation Clinic & Immigration Project, students conduct court appearances, negotiations, hearings and trials under faculty supervision while learning about the dynamics of domestic violence and the substantive law and procedure of family and municipal courts as well as adjunctive bodies. Cases may include family offenses, custody, child neglect proceedings and immigration relief for domestic violence victims. The Domestic Violence Prosecution Clinic provides students with the opportunity to work with victims, advocates, police officers, judges and court personnel to create change in the criminal justice system. With faculty supervision and support, students assist in the prosecution of domestic violence and sexual assault crimes by preparing cases, appearing in court and conducting hearings and trials. CIVIL RIGHTS AND DISABILITIES LAW CLINIC Students advocate for individuals with developmental disabilities through impact litigation, policy development, community education and community collaboration. Work focuses on reforming the system that the clients depend upon. By engaging in this work, the students transform from emerging professionals to competent professionals.

HEALTH LAW CLINIC Students hone their legal skills by helping low-income clients with chronic health impairments such as HIV/AIDS or cancer. Students tackle a broad array of health-related problems ranging from securing public benefits and services to planning for the future security of a client’s family. Currently, the Clinic is a primary free legal services provider for low-income area families affected by HIV/AIDS or cancer in the greater Capital Region. INTRODUCTION TO LITIGATION CLINIC Students learn basic lawyering skills with a focus on the litigation process. Under faculty supervision, students assist low-income clients who have been denied unemployment insurance benefits, through client interviews, legal research, fact investigation, case planning, and client representation in administrative proceedings or in state court. TAX CLINIC Students help low-income clients resolve disputes with the IRS through advocacy, negotiation and litigation. Cases may involve issues of identity theft, Social Security benefits, earned income tax credit and tax relief for innocent spouses. Students interview and counsel clients and then negotiate with or litigate against the IRS.

FIELD PLACEMENT CLINIC Albany Law offers more than 150 off-site legal experiences, all supervised and mentored by skilled attorneys and faculty. Students can choose to work at: ƒƒ More than 40 federal, state, appellate, county, family, city, bankruptcy or surrogate courts ƒƒ Four environmental agencies/ organizations ƒƒ Ten different public defender’s offices ƒƒ Twelve participating state and federal prosecutor’s offices ƒƒ Twelve health-related agencies ƒƒ More than 20 public interest organizations ƒƒ More than 50 state, federal and local government agencies CLINICAL SEMESTERS Students can spend one semester offcampus and receive intensive hands-on experience and an opportunity to see legal work up close. ƒƒ Semester in Government—ƒ Washington, D.C. Students can gain experience in government by working full-time in a state agency, in an executive department or for a variety of federal government agencies in Washington, D.C. ƒƒ Semester in Practice Students can take part in intensive legal practice, guided by a faculty member and mentor attorney, by working in a judicial, governmental or public interest office in New York’s capital.

HELPING A CANCER PATIENT GET HEALTH COVERAGE Two Albany Law School students waged a successful legal battle against an insurance company that refused to cover drug costs to treat Jennifer, a 20-year-old cancer patient who was battling Hodgkin’s disease. Unable to pay the $40,000 bill, Jennifer brought her dispute to the Health Law Clinic. The Clinic, with the support of Jennifer’s physicians, persuaded the State Health Insurance Department to rule that United Healthcare must cover the costs of the drug Rituxan, which was proving effective in Jennifer’s treatment. Structured on the premise that medical-legal collaboration not only helps resolve legal disputes, but also leads to improved health outcomes for its clients, the Health Law Clinic offers free legal services to the community while teaching students to be client-centered advocates.


Make a difference through law. Interview and counsel clients. Negotiate with opposing counsel in a federal court case. Argue before a judge in state court. Prepare and try criminal cases under district attorney and faculty supervision.

“My passion for this work started at Albany Law’s Clinic & Justice Center. Today, I am working in one of the most advanced forensic labs in the nation. I wouldn’t be here without my experience at Clinic.” Mimi Mairs ’96, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, New York, N.Y.

The Law Clinic & Justice Center offers students valuable practical experience for academic credit while they are still in law school. The Clinic models a public interest law firm, offering eligible clients free legal services and providing students with real skills in the practice of law. Students might help a disabled child receive a better education, an AIDS patient gain access to health care, or resolve a dispute for a victim of identity theft. Students have helped domestic violence survivors find protection for themselves and their children. Others have prosecuted the batterers. At Albany Law School, students will find an extraordinary level of interaction with your professors through one-on-one meetings, group discussions and extensive simulation exercises.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CLINICS In the Family Violence Litigation Clinic & Immigration Project, students conduct court appearances, negotiations, hearings and trials under faculty supervision while learning about the dynamics of domestic violence and the substantive law and procedure of family and municipal courts as well as adjunctive bodies. Cases may include family offenses, custody, child neglect proceedings and immigration relief for domestic violence victims. The Domestic Violence Prosecution Clinic provides students with the opportunity to work with victims, advocates, police officers, judges and court personnel to create change in the criminal justice system. With faculty supervision and support, students assist in the prosecution of domestic violence and sexual assault crimes by preparing cases, appearing in court and conducting hearings and trials. CIVIL RIGHTS AND DISABILITIES LAW CLINIC Students advocate for individuals with developmental disabilities through impact litigation, policy development, community education and community collaboration. Work focuses on reforming the system that the clients depend upon. By engaging in this work, the students transform from emerging professionals to competent professionals.

HEALTH LAW CLINIC Students hone their legal skills by helping low-income clients with chronic health impairments such as HIV/AIDS or cancer. Students tackle a broad array of health-related problems ranging from securing public benefits and services to planning for the future security of a client’s family. Currently, the Clinic is a primary free legal services provider for low-income area families affected by HIV/AIDS or cancer in the greater Capital Region. INTRODUCTION TO LITIGATION CLINIC Students learn basic lawyering skills with a focus on the litigation process. Under faculty supervision, students assist low-income clients who have been denied unemployment insurance benefits, through client interviews, legal research, fact investigation, case planning, and client representation in administrative proceedings or in state court. TAX CLINIC Students help low-income clients resolve disputes with the IRS through advocacy, negotiation and litigation. Cases may involve issues of identity theft, Social Security benefits, earned income tax credit and tax relief for innocent spouses. Students interview and counsel clients and then negotiate with or litigate against the IRS.

FIELD PLACEMENT CLINIC Albany Law offers more than 150 off-site legal experiences, all supervised and mentored by skilled attorneys and faculty. Students can choose to work at: ƒƒ More than 40 federal, state, appellate, county, family, city, bankruptcy or surrogate courts ƒƒ Four environmental agencies/ organizations ƒƒ Ten different public defender’s offices ƒƒ Twelve participating state and federal prosecutor’s offices ƒƒ Twelve health-related agencies ƒƒ More than 20 public interest organizations ƒƒ More than 50 state, federal and local government agencies CLINICAL SEMESTERS Students can spend one semester offcampus and receive intensive hands-on experience and an opportunity to see legal work up close. ƒƒ Semester in Government—ƒ Washington, D.C. Students can gain experience in government by working full-time in a state agency, in an executive department or for a variety of federal government agencies in Washington, D.C. ƒƒ Semester in Practice Students can take part in intensive legal practice, guided by a faculty member and mentor attorney, by working in a judicial, governmental or public interest office in New York’s capital.

HELPING A CANCER PATIENT GET HEALTH COVERAGE Two Albany Law School students waged a successful legal battle against an insurance company that refused to cover drug costs to treat Jennifer, a 20-year-old cancer patient who was battling Hodgkin’s disease. Unable to pay the $40,000 bill, Jennifer brought her dispute to the Health Law Clinic. The Clinic, with the support of Jennifer’s physicians, persuaded the State Health Insurance Department to rule that United Healthcare must cover the costs of the drug Rituxan, which was proving effective in Jennifer’s treatment. Structured on the premise that medical-legal collaboration not only helps resolve legal disputes, but also leads to improved health outcomes for its clients, the Health Law Clinic offers free legal services to the community while teaching students to be client-centered advocates.


2013-2014

Clinic Students: ƒƒ Improve lives: work with real clients on real cases ƒƒ Select a field placement, from more than 150 options in New York’s powerful capital

Providing Equal Access to Justice

ƒƒ Fulfill the New York pro bono requirement through an in-house clinic or field placement ƒƒ Gain transferable skills, build resumes and focus job interviews with real law practice experience

8 0 N E W S C O T L A N D AV E N U E A L B A N Y, N E W Y O R K 1 2 2 0 8 - 3 4 9 4

As a small, independent private school in New York State’s capital, Albany Law School offers a superb setting to gain legal experience in local courts, state agencies and federal offices.

THE LAW CLINIC & JUSTICE CENTER

Office of Admissionsƒ Phone: 518-445-2326 admissions@albanylaw.edu The Albany Law Clinic & Justice Centerƒ Phone: 518-445-2328 clinics@albanylaw.edu

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