• 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.

    Hiring: Clinical Instructor

    Hamline University School of Law is seeking a Clinical Instructor to direct a medical-legal partnership (MLP) that is being created between Hamline and United Family Medicine, a Federally-Qualified Health Center serving patients in St. Paul, Minnesota. The position will begin as soon as it is filled. This is a full-time position funded on a three-year grant from the Saint Paul Foundation and Bigelow Foundation.

    The new law school clinic will become part of the combined Mitchell | Hamline School of Law clinical program that we at Hamline are excited to build with our friends and colleagues at William Mitchell College of Law, pending ABA acquiescence in the combination of our law schools 

    The successful applicant will establish and manage a program that will provide legal services to United Family Medicine patients as part of a holistic plan of care. Practice areas may include family law, housing, mortgage foreclosure, consumer, elder law, health and benefit law, domestic violence, and immigration. He or she will be responsible for doing intake, referral, and representing patients from United Family Medicine, teaching and supervising law students in a new clinic, and conducting outreach and education. The MLP will all coordinate with and draw on the research and expertise of Hamline’s Health Law Institute to explore the connections between poverty and health care.

    Applicants must possess a JD or equivalent law degree and must be a member of the Minnesota Bar or willing to become a member as soon as practically possible following appointment.  Strong oral and written communication skills, demonstrated interest in serving lower-income individuals and communities, experience and interest in working with both medical professionals and students, and the ability to establish and maintain good community relationships are desired. Spanish language ability is a plus. Applications should include a cover letter, resume or CV, and a list of three references. Hamline University School of Law is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply. 

    Hamline University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and welcomes all persons who are committed to social justice, service learning, and community-based, action-oriented processes.

    Interested? Send application materials as soon as possible to Laura Hermer, Association Professor of Law, Hamline University School of Law, 1536 Hewitt Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55104, (651) 523-2084, lhermer01@hamline.edu. Submission of applications via email is strongly encouraged.