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MLP Connection News from the Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic at the University of Kansas School of Law | Fall 2012

message from the director What is ‘I-HELP,’ anyway? page 2 Client stories: the risk of eviction; escaping abuse; hoping for the best, planning for the worst. page 3 Looking ahead: spring semester 2013. page 4

In 2012, the Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) Clinic accepted 481 legal referrals on behalf of the low-income patients of its medical partners! Students played a direct role in the representation provided in all of these cases – conducting intake interviews, developing case strategies, conducting legal research, preparing legal documents, and providing representation in administrative and court hearings. Inside, we’ve included just a few of the incredible stories of the patients who received legal assistance during the fall semester. I’m sure you will be as inspired as I was with the clinic students’ work and our clients’ amazing strength and resiliency. We would like to thank our wonderful

medical partners – the Department of Family Medicine at KU Medical Center, the Health Care Access Clinic, JayDoc Free Clinic, and Southwest Boulevard Family Health Care. In particular, we would like to thank the Department of Family Medicine for its generous donation of space, allowing the MLP Clinic to move from a two-room clinic to a spacious four-office suite equipped with a reception area (and

MLP Connection | Fall 2012