The Health Justice Clinic provides free confidential legal representation to low-income people living with HIV or cancer with legal problems relating to their diagnosis. Legal assistance is provided by law students working under the supervision of attorneys.
Because of limited resources, Health Justice Clinic cannot accept all cases. We handle cases in the following areas:
- Guardianship Planning for families with children.
- Public Benefits, including Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security Income, and Medicaid
- Advance Directives for health care
- Powers of attorney and wills
- Discrimination in employment, housing, education and public accommodations
- Breach of Confidentiality
- Employment issues related to health
We do not provide representation in the following kinds of cases:
- Custody and visitation
- Worker’s compensation, medical malpractice, and personal injury
Our clients are primarily low-income people living with HIV or cancer who live in the Triangle area or come here for medical appointments. We also visit HIV clinics and AIDS Services organizations outside the Triangle. Students meet with clients at their medical appointments or at Duke Law School.
In addition to direct legal services, we provide legal trainings for people living with HIV or cancer and their caregivers (case managers, health care providers, social workers, friends and family members). In addition, we respond to regular phone calls from case managers, social workers, and health care providers requesting information about the legal rights of people living with HIV, cancer, or other serious medical conditions.
To Request Services
Interested persons may call us at (919) 613-7169 or toll free at (888) 600-7274. We also welcome referrals from case managers, health care providers, and other agencies. Because of limited resources, the Health Justice Clinic cannot accept all cases.