12 Traditional Clinic Syllabi

City University of New York’s (CUNY) Elder Law Clinic

 

MAIN STREET LEGAL SERVICES, INC.

 

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Elder Law Clinic

 

(718) 3404300 Tel

 

2 Court Square

 

msls@mail.law.cuny.edu

 

(718) 3404478 Fax

 

Long Island City, NY 11101

 

 

CUNY School of Law Fall 2013

 

Elder Law Clinic, Main Street Legal Services

 

Supervising Attorneys/Professors

 

Degna P. Levister, office 5-313, phone 340-4475 levister@law.cuny.edu

 

Joseph A. Rosenberg, office 5-307, phone 340-4375 joe.rosenberg@law.cuny.edu

 

Administrative Support

 

Ayesha Yasmin, clinic office, phone 340-4162 ayesha.yasmin@law.cuny.edu

 

Course website: LexisNexis webcourse: Elder Law Clinic

Available through http://webcourses.lexisnexis.com

Elder Law Clinic (clinics_101497)

 

Elder Law Clinic Office: Clinic E, Room 5-207

 

Clinic Office Hours: Monday – Thursday from 9–5; Friday 9-5 (if necessary) Seminar Meetings: Tuesday & Thursday 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

 

*Additional required group activities may be scheduled on Mondays & Wednesdays

 

 

Required texts:

 

FROLIK & KAPLAN, ELDER LAW IN A NUTSHELL (5TH ED.)
(“Nutshell”)

 

GOLDFARB & ROSENBERG, NEW YORK ELDER LAW (2012/13)
(“N.Y. Elder Law”)

also available online at http://www.lexisnexis.com/research under New York, Elder Law,

New York Elder Law (and through “Elder Law Research Links” on ELC website)

 

KAPP, LEGAL ASPECTS OF ELDER CARE (2010)
(“Elder Care”)

 

KREIGER & NEUMANN, ESSENTIAL LAWYERING SKILLS: INTERVIEWING, COUNSELING, NEGOTIATION, AND PERSUASIVE ANALYSIS, (4TH ED.)
(“Essential Lawyering Skills”)

 

MAUET, TRIAL TECHNIQUES (9TH ED.)
(“Mauet”)

 

MOODY & SASSER, AGING: CONCEPTS AND CONTROVERSIES (7TH ED.)
(“Aging”)

 

NEW YORK SURROGATES COURT PRACTICE 2012 GREENBOOK
(“Greenbook”)

 

 

Note: assignments will usually also include handouts posted on the ELC website

 

 

Week 1 August 26-August 30

 

 

 

Date

 

Topics

 

Assignments

 

Activities

 

August 26 (Monday)

 

 

Submit “learning goals letter” with resume & writing sample

 

Move into ELC office

 

August 27 Seminar

 

Welcome & introductions

 

Main Street Legal Services and the clinical experience

 

Professionalism & the Indeterminate Zone of Practice

 

Collaboration

 

Supervision

 

Handout/Material Posted on ELC Website

 

 

August 28

(Wednesday)

 

 

Submit Images of Aging post to ELC blog

 

Technology & Law Practice (9:30-10)

 

Project meeting in ELC office (10-11)

 

Amicus Training in ELC office (11-12)

 

Brown Bag Lunch (12-1)

 

August 29 Seminar

 

Framework of

 

Article 81 Guardianships: Procedure & Substantive Law

 

Handout/Material Posted on ELC Website

 

 

 

Week 2 September 2-6

 

 

 

Date

 

Topics

 

Assignments

 

Activities

 

September 3 Seminar

 

Role of race, ethnicity, culture, & gender in lawyering

 

Implications for interviewing in Article 81 Guardianship “context”

 

Interviewing process: planning, doing, & reflecting

 

Professional responsibility issues

 

Handout/Material Posted on ELC Website

 

 

September 4 (Wednesday) (no classes after 3)

 

Interviewing

 

Submit interview plan to your folder on the ELC website

 

Interviewing simulation (see schedule for interviewing & observing times)

 

Pick up legal memo assignment

 

September 5—No classes

 

 

 

Assignments for next week

 

 

Week 3 September 9-13

 

 

 

Date

 

Topics

 

Assignments

 

Activities

 

September 9 (Monday 9:30-12)

 

Interviewing

 

Professional Responsibility

 

Role of the Court Evaluator & Attorney for parties

 

Role of Medical Evidence

 

Handout/Material Posted on ELC Website

 

Submit reflection memo on interview simulation before this seminar

 

Submit legal memo analyzing Article 81 pleadings before this seminar

 

September 10 Seminar

 

Article 81 Hearings

 

Handout/Material Posted on ELC Website

 

Court observation: Justice Alexander Hunter, Supreme Court, Bronx County, 851 Grand Concourse, Room 408 (meet outside courtroom no later

 

than 9:15 a.m.)

 

September 11 (Wednesday)

 

 

 

Submit reflection memo on court observation to your folder on ELC website

 

September 12 Seminar

 

Article 81 Hearings

 

Handout/Material Posted on ELC Website

 

Court observation: Justice Laura Visitacion-Lewis, Supreme Court, N.Y. County, 60 Centre St., Room 669 (meet at bottom of courthouse stairs

 

at 9:30 a.m.)

 

 

Week 4 September 16-20

 

 

 

Date

 

Topics

 

Assignments

 

Activities

 

September 16 (Monday 9:30-12)

 

Article 81 Hearings Debrief Court Observations

 

Handout/Material Posted on ELC Website

 

Submit reflection memo on court observation to your folder on ELC website before this seminar

 

September 17 Seminar

 

Article 81 Guardianships

 

Appointment of guardian: role, powers, duties, & accountability

 

Guest speakers: Laura Negron & Carrie Goldberg, Director & Staff Attorney, Guardianship Project, Vera Institute of Justice (http://www.vera.org/p roject/guardianship)

 

Handout/Material Posted on ELC Website

 

 

September 18 (Wednesday)

 

 

 

 

September 19 Seminar

 

Article 81 Advocacy & Litigation

 

Guest speakers: Kim Tate-Brown & Lauren Hyman, Attorneys, Mental Hygiene Legal Service

 

Handout /Material Posted on ELC Website

 

 

 

Week 5 September 23-27

 

 

 

Date

 

Topics

 

Assignments

 

Activities

 

September 23 (Monday)

 

Structure & operation of a multi-service not for profit community based organization (including legal services)

 

Handout/Material Posted on ELC Website

 

Field trip: Lenox Hill Neighborhood House (331 E. 70th Street, N.Y. N.Y.)(meet at this address in the lobby at 9:30 a.m.).

 

http://www.lenoxhill. org/content/home

 

September 24 Seminar

 

Estate Planning Fundamentals

 

Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, & Health Care Directives

 

Counseling

 

Handout/Material Posted on ELC Website

 

 

September

 

Estate Planning

 

Handout /Material

 

 

25

 

Fundamentals (con’t) or

 

Posted on ELC

 

(Wednesday

 

 

Website

 

9:30-12)

 

Medicaid Home Care

 

September 26 Seminar

 

Article 81 Hearings

 

Handout /Material Posted on ELC Website

 

Court observation: Justice Tanya Kennedy, Supreme Court, N.Y. County, 111 Centre St., Room 934 (meet outside courtroom at 9:30 a.m.)

 

 

Week 6 September 30-October 4

 

 

 

Date

 

Topics

 

Assignments

 

Activities

 

September 30 (Monday)

 

 

 

Submit reflection memo on court observation to your folder on ELC website by 9 a.m. today

 

October 1 Seminar

 

Case rounds

 

Handout/Material Posted on ELC Website

 

 

October 2 (Wednesday)

 

 

 

 

October 3 Seminar

 

Article 81 Guardianships: assessing mental capacity

 

Guest speaker: Dr. Merrill Rotter, Director, Division of Law & Psychiatry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

 

Handout /Material Posted on ELC Website

 

 

 

Week 7 October 7-11

 

 

 

Date

 

Topics

 

Assignments

 

Activities

 

October 7 (Monday)

 

 

 

 

October 8 Seminar

 

Case rounds

 

Handout/Material Posted on ELC Website

 

 

October 9 (Wednesday)

 

 

 

 

October 10 Seminar

 

Recognizing & preventing Elder Abuse

 

Guest speaker: Donna Dougherty, Managing Attorney, Queens Legal Services for the Elderly

 

Handout /Material Posted on ELC Website

 

 

 

Week 8 October 14-18

 

 

 

Date

 

Topics

 

Assignments

 

Activities

 

October 14 (Monday)

 

 

Prepare written self-assessment

 

Mid-semester meetings

 

Continue work on cases & projects

 

October 15

No Seminar

 

 

Prepare written self-assessment

 

Mid-semester meetings

 

Continue work on cases & projects

 

October 16 (Wednesday)

 

 

Prepare written self-assessment

 

Mid-semester meetings

 

Continue work on cases & projects

 

October 17

No Seminar

 

 

Prepare written self-assessment

 

Mid-semester meetings

 

Continue work on cases & projects

 

 

Week 9 October 21-25

 

 

 

Date

 

Topics

 

Assignments

 

Activities

 

October 21 (Monday)

 

 

 

 

October 22

Seminar

 

Case rounds

 

Handout/Material Posted on ELC Website

 

 

October 23 (Wednesday)

 

 

 

 

October 24

 

Seminar

 

Topics in elder law & perspectives on practice

 

Guest speaker

 

Handout/Material Posted on ELC Website

 

Reminder:

Reflection memo due Sunday October 27

 

 

Week 10 October 28-November 1

 

 

 

Date

 

Topics

 

Assignments

 

Activities

 

October 28 (Monday)

 

 

 

 

October 29 Seminar

 

Case rounds

 

Handout/Material Posted on ELC Website

 

 

October 30 (Wednesday)

 

 

 

 

October 31 Seminar

 

Topics in elder law & perspectives on practice

 

Guest speaker

 

Handout /Material Posted on ELC Website

 

 

 

Week 11 November 4-8

 

 

 

Date

 

Topics

 

Assignments

 

Activities

 

November 4 (Monday)

 

 

 

 

November 5 Seminar

 

Case rounds

 

Handout/Material Posted on ELC Website

 

 

November 6 (Wednesday)

 

 

 

 

November 7 Seminar

 

Topics in elder law &

 

perspectives on practice Guest speaker

 

Handout /Material Posted on ELC Website

 

 

 

Week 12 November 11-15

 

 

 

Date

 

Topics

 

Assignments

 

Activities

 

November 11 (Monday)

 

 

 

 

November 12 Seminar

 

Case rounds

 

Handout/Material Posted on ELC

 

Website

 

 

November 13 (Wednesday)

 

 

 

 

November 14 Seminar

 

Topics in elder law & perspectives on practice

 

Guest speaker

 

Handout /Material Posted on ELC Website

 

 

 

Week 13 November 18-22

 

 

 

Date

 

Topics

 

Assignments

 

Activities

 

November 18 (Monday)

 

 

 

 

November 19 Seminar

 

Case rounds

 

Handout/Material Posted on ELC Website

 

 

November 20 (Wednesday)

 

 

 

 

November 21 Seminar

 

Topics in elder law & perspectives on practice

 

Guest speaker

 

Handout/Material Posted on ELC Website

 

 

 

Week 14 November 25-29

 

 

 

Date

 

Topics

 

Assignments

 

Activities

 

November 25 (Monday)

 

 

 

 

November 26 Seminar

 

Case rounds

 

Handout/Material Posted on ELC Website

 

 

November 27 (Wednesday)

 

 

 

 

November 28

No Seminar

 

 

 

Enjoy Thanksgiving Break

 

 

Week 15 December 2-6

 

 

 

Date

 

Topics

 

Assignments

 

Activities

 

December 2 (Monday)

 

 

 

 

December 3 Seminar

 

Case rounds

 

Handout/Material Posted on ELC Website

 

 

December 4 (Wednesday)

 

 

 

 

December 5 Seminar

 

End of semester feedback & reflection party

 

Handout /Material Posted on ELC Website

 

Reminder:

Reflection memo due

 

 

December 9-20 Law school exam period

 

 

Complete work on cases & projects

 

University of Miami Health Rights Clinic

 

LAW 786 CLINIC SYLLABUS SPRING 2014

 

HEALTH RIGHTS CLINIC

 

University of Miami School of Law, Room F303

 

 

Professor JoNel Newman (305) 284-4125 jnewman@law.miami.edu

 

Associate Director, Melissa Swain (305) 284-1539 mswain@law.miami.edu

 

Clinic Paralegal, Vanessa Alpizar (305) 284-3361 valpizar@law.miami.edu

 

Faculty Assistant, Mary Cruz (305) 284-1685 mcruz1@law.miami.edu

 

Administrative Assistant, Albert Arguello (305) 284-5291 aarguello@law.miami.edu

 

 

CLASS SCHEDULE

 

Tuesday, 1:30-3:50 PM; Room F200

 

 

REQUIRED READINGS AS NOTED ON SYLLABUS

 

CLASS POLICIES

 

Supervision/Case Rounds

 

This course requires weekly supervision meetings with your designated student partner and supervising attorney. You are expected to review your cases prior to each supervision meeting, bring a written agenda and be prepared to discuss case assignments. Additionally, you are required to submit an updated case status via email to your supervisor by 5:00 pm each Friday.

 

 

Classroom Responsibilities:

 

Please complete the assigned reading before class. This course requires regular and prompt student class attendance, preparation, and participation as well as significant clinical obligations. Poor student class attendance and punctuality, inadequate class preparation and participation or any failure to meet clinical obligations may result in withdrawal from the course, a lowered grade, and/or a failing grade. Note that more than three (3) absences may result in a lowered grade. More than four (4) absences may result in withdrawal.

 

 

Grading

 

70% of the course grade will be based on meeting the 16 learning goals set forth in the handbook and timely completion of assignments. Class participation, clinical hours, weekly case supervision agendas and case status updates will comprise 20% of your grade. Each student is also required to participate in the Clinic’s Access to Justice Project and your work on this project will comprise 10% of your grade. There is no final examination.

 

 

Computers, Pagers, Telephones, & Tape Recording

 

Please refrain from use during class, except by permission.

 

 

Accommodations

 

If you have a disability, or suspect that you may have a disability, the Law School encourages you to contact Iris Morera, Coordinator, Disability Services at the Office of Disability Services for information about available opportunities, resources, and services. Her phone number is 305-284-9907, and her email address is imorera@law.miami.edu. You may also visit the Office of Disability Services website at www.law.miami.edu/disability-services.

 

 

 

CLINICAL WORKSHOP

 

SPRING 2014

 

CLASS DESCRIPTION

 

DATES

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

Forensic Psychiatry Workshop and Mock Hearing

 

Assigned Reading: Deposition Transcript and Wolfe & Proszek, Social Security Disability

 

 

January 21

 

2

 

Access to Justice Training

 

Assigned Reading: Ronald W. Staudt, White Paper: Leveraging Law Students and Technology to Meet the Legal Needs of Low-Income People (2007)

 

View link: http://a2jclinic.classcaster.net/training-materials/

 

 

January 28

 

3

 

Veteran’s Benefits Training and Continued Law and Technology Training

 

Assigned reading: TBA

 

February 4

 

 

 

4

 

Effective Client Communication

 

Assigned Reading: Ellman, Dinerstein, Gunning, Kruse and Shalleck, LAWYERS AND CLIENTS (2009), Chapter 2, Connection Across Difference and Similarity.

 

 

February 11

 

5

 

Lawyering for Poor People

 

Assigned Reading: Goldberg v. Kelly, 397 U.S. 254 (1970); Matthews v. Eldridge, 424 U.S. 319 (1976).

 

 

Assignment: Mid-semester self-evaluations due before 5:00 p.m. February 21st.

 

 

February 18

 

6

 

 

7

 

 

8

 

Individual Evaluation Meetings

 

 

Ethical Issues for Clinicians

 

Assigned Reading: ABA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services, White Paper: An Analysis of Rules that Allow Lawyers to Serve Pro Se Litigants (2009).

 

 

Legal Technology and Ethics

 

Assigned Reading: Will Hornsby, Professional Responsibility When Lawyering in a Virtual World (2008).

 

 

February 25

 

 

March 4

 

 

March 18

 

 

 

CLINICAL WORKSHOP

 

SPRING 2014

 

CLASS DESCRIPTION

 

DATES

 

 

 

 

9

 

 

Firm Meeting and Case Rounds

 

Assigned reading: TBA

 

 

 

March 25

 

10

 

Lawyering and Technology

 

Assigned reading: Kimbro, Practicing Law Online: Creating a Web-Based Virtual Law Office (2010).

 

 

April 1

 

 

 

11

 

Student Access to Justice Presentations

 

 

April 8

 

 

12

 

 

13

 

 

Student Access to Justice Presentations

 

 

Careers in Law: Presentation from Clinic Alumnae

 

 

April 15

 

 

April 22

 

 

Assignment: Draft Transitional Case Memos due by 5:00 pm on April 23, 2014.

 

 

 

 

Assignment: Final Transitional Case Memos due by 5:00 pm on May 2, 2014