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Pacific McGeorge’s Elder & Health Law Clinic, now in its fifth year of operation out of the Muddox Building, continues to score administrative hearing successes and expand its outreach to a growing senior population in need of pro bono services. Lauren Foust, ’13, won a victory for a Medicare Part C beneficiary who wished to obtain an out-of-network second opinion because his physicians failed to fully inform him about his medical condition. Foust argued that because the physicians abrogated the required HMO physician-patient relationship, the care was not adequate and deprived her client of due process of law. An administrative law judge found in her client’s favor, and the client was then able to consult an outof network physician and resume a healthy course of medical treatment. Megan Beaver, ’13, co-team leader with Foust, was successful in an eviction proceeding involving elder abuse. Maryn Oyoung, ’13, and Shari Worthington, ’13, won victories for clients involving the cancellation of a hearing aid contract and an auto purchase refund, respectively. Matt Nemerson, ’13, submitted a discharge application for total and permanent The 2013 Elder & Health Law Clinic participants. Front row, from left: Professor Melissa Brown, Matt Nemerson, Elizabeth Patterson and Katie Roe. Second row: Emma Siverson, Alec Kershisnik, Anna Kulik, Liz Graham, Andrew Hsieh and Maryn Oyoung. Not pictured, Alexandra Koloskus and Shari Worthington. disability with a doctor’s statement to the Department of Education that allowed his client to discharge student loan debt that was being collected through garnishment from the client’s Social Security payments. “There are so many people who need our services,” says Professor Melissa Brown, the supervising attorney of the Elder & Health Law Clinic. “Our students are doing meaningful legal work for people baffled by complexities of the legal system, and we are expanding our outreach to that community.” Clinic students have held more than a dozen financial safety, end-of-life planning, and a power-of-attorney abuse and restraining order community presentations during this current academic year. Katie Roe, ’12, is serving as a clinic fellow this year to help Professor Brown with the expansion of cases and outreach activities. The outreach culminated with the Clinic’s free inaugural Senior Financial & Health Safety Fair on April 6, 2013, in the Gary V. Schaber Student Center. The event provided seniors with a one-stop opportunity to obtain materials, financial safety education and free health screenings from the UC Davis School of Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences. 34 summer 20 1 3 s t e v e y e at e r Community Par tnerships Serving Seniors in Need Elder & Health Law Clinic Expands to Fill Growing Demand


University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law - Summer 2013
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