Students enrolled in the Health Law and Policy Clinic of the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation participate in a broad range of national and state law and policy initiatives aimed at achieving a more equitable and just individual and public health environment. To this end, students engage in law and policy work to promote legal, regulatory, and other reforms that expand access to high-quality healthcare, reduce health disparities, and support community education and advocacy capacity.
Through the Clinic, students work to develop, inform, and implement cutting-edge health law and policy at the state and national levels through regulatory and legislative advocacy and impact-oriented litigation. Student projects involve:
- Promoting sound implementation of the Affordable Care Act and other health reforms that support access to high-quality and affordable health care at the state and federal levels in collaboration with state and national community-based partners;
- Providing cutting-edge law and policy research, analysis and technical assistance to state and national health advocacy leaders, health and social service providers and government to protect and promote health and public health program best practices; and
- Developing and implementing a national litigation strategy to address unfair and discriminatory insurance practices with a focus on addressing health disparities and reducing barriers to health care for our most vulnerable populations.
Students work closely with clinical faculty to become skilled, innovative, and thoughtful practitioners, gaining a wealth of hands-on experience in health and public health law and policy development. This Clinic experience helps students to develop a range of lawyering skills, including problem-solving, policy analysis, research and writing, oral communication, case and litigation strategy development, legislation and regulation drafting, and group facilitation.
The Clinic’s on-campus office is in the WCC, where students meet with faculty and staff and conduct clinical work. There are also frequent opportunities to travel to different states to work with clients and partners.
How to Register
The clinic is offered in the Fall and Spring semester. You can learn about the required clinical course component, clinical credits, additional requirements, and the clinical registration process, by reading the course catalog description and exploring the links in this section.
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In the first couple of weeks, I immersed myself into the world of health policy reform by taking a few projects with a tight turnaround time. I assisted in drafting a Supreme Court amicus brief re. Zubik v. Burwell, a follow-up to the Hobby Lobby decision. I also traveled to New York to visit a cancer center and assisted in launching their nonprofit lung cancer screening initiative for upper Manhattan. The excitement of the first few weeks has set the pace for the weeks to follow.
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CHLPI’s goal is to resolve the kind of disparity in Washington’s medical system that is restricting vulnerable and at-risk populations’ access to a lifesaving drug that treats a chronic and debilitating disease. Along the way, they hope to put other Medicaid providers on notice: It’s time to comply with treatment guidelines and the law.
Faculty and Staff
Robert Greenwald (Clinical Professor of Law, Director, Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation)
Kevin Costello (Senior Associate Director and Litigation Director)
Senior Clinical Instructor & Lecturer on Law)
(Associate Director and Clinical Instrcutor)
Sarah Downer (Clinical Instructor)
Carmel Shachar (Clinical Instructor)
Kathryn Garfield (Staff Attorney)
Phil Waters (Clinical Fellow)
Laura Johnston (Administrative Director)
Ebony Griffin (Faculty Assistant)
(Communications and Marketing Consultant)
Kat Eutsler (Senior Grant Writer and Administrator)
Health Law and Policy Clinic
Harvard Law School Office
Wasserstein Caspersen Clinical Building
Legal Services Center office
122 Boylston Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
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