• Health Law Clinic

    Address legal issues affecting low-income individuals’ health through the Health Law Clinic

    As a participant in the Health Law Clinic, you work alongside health care practitioners, conducting patient intake interviews and representing those patients on legal matters related to their health care conditions. This clinic is offered in the Spring.

    After Spring 2015, students who have taken the new course, Law and Community Health, will be given preference for participation in the clinic. Law and Community Health will cover the relationship between socioeconomic determinants of health, the provision of health care, and the law, will be given preference.

    Hamline and United Family Medicine Medical-Legal Partnership

    The Health Law Clinic is made possible by a medical-legal partnership between Hamline’s Health Law Institute and United Family Medicine, a community-based clinic providing comprehensive, patient-centered primary care to low-income and medically underserved residents in Saint Paul. Medical-legal partnerships are a growing national movement in which lawyers and medical providers collaborate as an integrated team to address the needs of low-income patients, whose unmet legal needs keep them from getting and staying healthy. Medical-legal partnerships also work at a systemic level to help health care providers develop strategies to improve the provision of health and legal services and advocate for legislative and policy changes that will remove legal barriers to improved public health. There are only 34 law schools participating in medical-legal partnerships nationwide.

    Jada Fehn, JD '12, Hired as Clinical Instructor & Managing Attorney

    The Health Law Institute is pleased to announce that Hamline has hired Jada Fehn, JD, as Clinical Instructor and Managing Attorney of the Medical-Legal Partnership between Hamline School of Law and United Family Medicine.

    Ms. Fehn is a 2012 graduate of Hamline University School of Law, where she was a primary editor of the Journal of Public Law and Policy, a Bakken Fellow, a Dean's Honor Roll student, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Student Health Law Association. She is also a 2000 graduate of the University of Minnesota, where she majored in psychology, and was both a Presidential scholar and Dean's list member. 

    Before law school, Ms. Fehn worked with low-income clients in a Wilder Foundation residential treatment center for children with emotional and behavioral difficulties. During law school, she served as a law clerk to Charles A. Johnson, won First Place in the 2011 Minnesota State Bar Association's Food and Drug Law Section's student writing competition, and divided her spring 2012 semester between Hamline and Washington D.C. so she could serve as a policy intern at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. She served as a law clerk in the Fourth Judicial District mental health division from September 2012 through January 2014. She was also awarded a prestigious Public Health Law Fellowship position with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation at the New York City Department of Public Health and Hygiene, from February 2014 through January 2015.

    Ms. Fehn brings her significant expertise in health care policy and public health law to this position, as well as strong interest in law teaching. She is committed to assisting low-income clients and working on public policy reforms relating to public health issues. 

    Please join us in welcoming Ms. Fehn to Hamline and United Family Medicine, where she will start work in mid-April.