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Externship Category: Health Law

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Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc.

SITE DESCRIPTION

Founded in 1924 by prominent members of the Atlanta bar, Atlanta Legal Aid is recognized as one of the cutting-edge legal services providers in the country.  Our 60+ staff attorneys work on a variety of issues, ranging from public benefits to complex mortgage litigation.  Significant casework includes Olmstead vs. L.C. & E.W., a 1999 US Supreme Court decision that expanded the Americans with Disabilities Act to institutionalized individuals with disabilities.  Home to nationally recognized experts in a number of practice areas, our attorneys appear in local print and television media and in national media such as The Nation, the New York Times, NPR, all major network nightly news broadcasts, and CNN.  Our attorneys have testified before Congress and consulted on legislation on both a local and state level.  Our program partners with major law firms and corporate counsel offices such as UPS for our highly successful Associate Fellowship Program as well as uniquely-tailored pro bono projects.

Externs have the opportunity to develop skills in a variety of civil law matters, including legal research and writing, drafting of pleadings, investigation, document collection and organization, client interviewing, and client representation in administrative hearings. Externs receive a primary supervisor with ongoing responsibility for mentoring and on the job training, and opportunities to work with other staff in the work unit to which she/he is assigned.

Atlanta Legal Aid welcomes externs for the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Summer Externs receive a program orientation at the beginning of the summer. Additionally, our mentoring program includes advice and assistance in preparing for possible fellowships, clerkships, and public interest positions.  Our summer class enjoys social gatherings with other interns and staff, as well as visits to the Carter Center and other Atlanta landmarks.

The Offices/Units available to externs are as follows:

Cobb County Office

The Cobb County Office, located on the Marietta Square, represents low-income persons in a variety of civil legal problems, including domestic relations, housing, consumer, public benefits, juvenile deprivation, education, and health law.  Externs interview clients, conduct research, write memos, draft pleadings, conduct investigations, gather documents and search court records. Second and third-year students also may be eligible to go to court under the student practice rule.

Externs working with the Cobb office’s Temporary Protective Order Project are afforded the opportunity to make court appearances weekly.  Externs will represent a petitioner at his or her TPO hearing every Tuesday in Cobb Superior Court.  As a result, the extern will need to be free on Tuesdays.  This unique opportunity includes being involved in all aspects of the case: initial client interview, fact investigation, negotiating with Respondent’s attorney or Respondent, representation at hearing, etc.

Fulton Domestic Relations Unit

The Fulton Domestic Relations Unit represents low-income persons in a variety of family law problems, prioritizing intervention in domestic abuse, securing child custody, and establishing support.  The unit also handles legitimations, adoptions, legal separations, and public benefits relating to these cases.  Externs interview clients, conduct research, write memos, draft pleadings, conduct investigations, gather documents, and search court records.  Second and third-year students also may be eligible to go to court under the student practice rule.

General Law Unit

The General Law Unit, located just a short walk from the GSU law school, represents low-income persons in a variety of civil legal problems, including housing, consumer, public benefits, and education. Externs have the opportunity to develop skills in a variety of civil law matters, including legal research and writing, drafting of pleadings, investigation, document collection and organization, client interviewing, and client representation in administrative hearings.

Gwinnett County Office

The Gwinnett County Office, located in Lawrenceville, represents low-income persons in a variety of civil legal problems, including domestic relations, housing, consumer, public benefits, juvenile deprivation, education, and health law.  Externs interview clients, conduct research, write memos, draft pleadings, conduct investigations, gather documents, and search court records. Second and third-year students also may be eligible to go to court under the student practice rule.

Health Law Unit

The Health Law Unit, located just a short walk from the GSU law school, provides comprehensive and compassionate legal services which have a direct impact on health and quality of life to low-income individuals living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, cancer and ALS.  It provides a broad range of civil legal services to low-income people including legal issues related to employment, Social Security disability, short- and long-term disability insurance, access to health care, housing/landlord-tenant, consumer and debt issues, public benefits, family law, as well as end of life and estate planning. Externs interview clients, conduct research, write memos, draft pleadings, conduct investigations, gather documents, and search court records.

Pro Bono Unit

The Pro Bono Unit connects volunteer attorneys with low-income persons to provide representation in a variety of civil legal problems, including the grandparents’ adoption project, minor and adult guardianship petitions, housing law, protection from domestic abuse, child custody, employment, housing law, and consumer law.  Externs participate in the case acceptance and referral process, interview clients, conduct research, write memos, draft pleadings, conduct investigations, gather documents, and search court records.

Senior Citizens Law Project

Students work in the Senior Citizens Law Project (SCLP) of Atlanta Legal Aid Society under the supervision of an attorney.  SCLP provides legal representation on issues relating to public benefits, nursing homes and personal care homes, housing, consumer, probate, guardianship, advance directives, and elder abuse and financial exploitation.  Participating students will be expected to interview clients and witnesses, prepare pleadings, research legal issues, research court records and represent clients in administrative hearings.

Southside Office

The Southside Office, located in South Fulton County on Cleveland Avenue, represents low-income persons living in Clayton and South Fulton Counties, in a variety of civil legal problems, including housing, consumer, public benefits, family law, education, and health law.  Externs interview clients, conduct research, write memos, draft pleadings, conduct investigations, gather documents, search court records, and represent clients in administrative hearings.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences: 2Ls and 3Ls may apply.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Students should indicate the Office/Unit for which they would like to be considered on their Statement of Interest.
  • At the time of application, students must submit a writing sample.
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) - Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP)

SITE DESCRIPTION

The mission of the CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) is to provide public health leadership to improve cardiovascular health, reduce the burden, and eliminate disparities associated with heart disease and stroke. DHDSP uses primary and secondary data, published literature and practice-based evidence as well as a broad range of methodologies, including legal epidemiology, to develop tools, guidance documents, and evidence-based policy analyses for public health practitioners in the field. DHDSP staff collaborate with legal scholars to contribute to the emerging field of legal epidemiology by developing and applying novel methods to assess the role of law in the prevention and control of chronic disease in the US population. DHDSP public health JDs and legal analysts apply innovative technologies to conduct policy surveillance, track and monitor cardiovascular disease prevention law, and assess the impact of policies on public health.

This opportunity is ideal for externs with an interest in the application of law as a public health tool and the use of science to inform evidence-based policy.  The selected candidate will work directly with DHDSP JDs and legal analysts to identify emerging policy topics and novel methodologies for assessing the impact of law, track and monitor state and local laws, and facilitate engagement of subject matter experts. Externs will contribute to the development of tools and resources, provide presentations to diverse public health audiences, and potentially co-author peer reviewed publications. Additionally, candidates will be offered learning opportunities through the development of relationships with staff in other parts of CDC and other agencies as well as attendance at CDC-wide lectures.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: Third-year students or second year students with administrative law and/or health legislation & advocacy coursework.

Preferences: Background in science, public health, or healthcare field helpful

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Student must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident.
  • At the time of application, you must submit a brief writing sample on a topic of your choice.
  • Interviews will be conducted at the College of Law.
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) - Office of the General Counsel

SITE DESCRIPTION

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a component federal agency of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). For over 70 years, CDC has been dedicated to protecting health and promoting quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability. We are committed to programs that reduce the health and economic consequences of the leading causes of death and disability, thereby ensuing a long, productive, healthy life for all people. The Office of General Counsel for DHHS-CDC is responsible for providing legal services to the CEC and to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). The office deals with a wide variety of legal issues, including legal and public health issues related to AIDS, vaccine liability, environmental health, occupational safety and health, chronic disease, infectious diseases, emergency response an bioterrorism to name a few. The office handles CDC's and ATSDR's litigation portfolio and provides legal support to business and administrative offices across the agency.

The Department of Health & Human Services Office of the General Counsel (OGC), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides externs with the opportunity to work on a wide variety of critical and cutting-edge legal issues. OGC provides representation and legal advice to CDC/ATSDR and supports the development and implementation of CDC’s programs by providing legal services to all Centers, Institutes, and Offices within the agency. Externs will conduct essential legal research, participate in client meetings, attend CDC-wide lectures, and work closely with OGC attorneys on other public health law-related matters.

 STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences:

  • Second or third-year law students
  • Background and/or interest in science, public health, or healthcare field helpful

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Student must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident.
  • At the time of application, you must submit a one paragraph statement (approximately 50 - 75 words) of why you want to take this externship and a brief writing sample on a topic of your choice.
  • Interviews will be conducted at the College of Law.
  • For summer placements, this site requires students to commit to 40 hours per week for 10 weeks. This hour commitment is in excess of the course requirements. Students applying must agree to this additional hour requirement.
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) - Public Health Law Program

The CDC's Public Health Law Program (PHLP) exposes law students to the public health field and allows them to explore the critical role law plays in advancing public health goals. PHLP is a dynamic group of public health lawyers and analysts who work to advance the use of law as a public health tool. PHLP provides services and resources such as technical assistance, publications, and workforce development to CDC programs and state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments. This opportunity might be particularly appealing to individuals who have conducted public health or other scientific research, worked with data sets and coding processes, and have a proven ability to work independently and follow projects through to completion.

Externs will work on one or more core projects with mentorship from a CDC PHLP staff attorney, be involved in work projects that impact the mission of PHLP and CDC, actively participate in weekly PHLP staff meetings, have opportunities to co-author published articles and other materials, and showcase experiences in an end-of-externship presentation.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: Third-year students only

Preferences: Background in science, public health, or healthcare field helpful

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Student must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident.
  • At the time of application, you must submit a brief writing sample on a topic of your choice.
  • Interviews will be conducted at the CDC. If you are selected for an interview, be sure to allow at least 20 minutes before the scheduled interview time to complete the security clearance process.
  • Student should be available to attend team meetings.

 

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Office of General Counsel

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Office of the General Counsel (OGC) provides externs with the opportunity to work on a wide variety of critical and cutting-edge legal issues affecting pediatric healthcare. OGC provides representation and legal and regulatory advice to a wide variety of internal clients (including, but not limited to, Operations, Compliance, Marketing, HR, the Foundation, Physician Practices, and IT). Externs will conduct essential legal research, participate in meetings, attend our weekly all counsel meeting, and work closely with OGC attorneys on other pediatric health law-related matters.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences:

  • Second or third-year law students
  • At least one semester of health law coursework
  • Background and/or interest in science, public health, or healthcare field helpful

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Student must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident.
  • Student will be required to agree to a background check and health screening before starting.
  • Interviews will be conducted at Children’s.
Georgia Department of Public Health

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is the state’s lead agency for preventing disease, injury and disability; promoting health and well-being; and preparing for and responding to disasters from a health perspective.

The Office of General Counsel provides legal advice and support to all of DPH’s divisions and programs, including:  Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Maternal and Child Health, Infectious Disease and Immunization, Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Emergency Medical Services, Pharmacy, Nursing, Volunteer Health Care, the Office of Health Equity, Vital Records, and the State Public Health Laboratory.

DPH externs work closely with both attorneys and program staff.  Responsibilities may include regulatory drafting, legal research and writing, litigation support, and special projects involving any of DPH’s programs.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:  None

Preferences:  Second or third-year students with a background or interest in public health

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

The successful applicant may be subject to a criminal background check.

Georgia Hospital Association

SITE DESCRIPTION

GHA is a non-profit trade association made up of member health systems, hospitals, and individuals in administrative and decision-making positions within those institutions. GHA serves approximately 175 hospitals throughout Georgia.

The legal department assists member hospitals with finding answers to complicated regulatory questions, participates in meetings with various state agencies which regulate hospitals, drafts and reviews legislation that may affect hospitals, and advises GHA on daily legal issues that may arise in running the association.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: Second or third-year student strongly interested in health-related law

Preferences:

  • Healthcare background or experience
  • Part-time students are encouraged to apply
 

NO ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

 

Georgia Watch

SITE DESCRIPTION

Founded in 2002, Georgia Watch is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan organization working to ensure that Georgians are educated and protected on matters that impact their wallets and quality of life. Through advocacy, outreach and education, Georgia Watch works to make Georgia a model for consumer protection. Georgia Watch safeguards consumer protections in the area of personal finance, ensure access to safe, quality, affordable healthcare, protect the right to trial by jury, promote access to the courts, and encourage fair utility rates and renewable energy options for consumers. Georgia Watch collaborates with government agencies, community-based organizations, professional associations, policymakers, legislators, academic partners, advocacy groups, and other stakeholders.

Externs will work across the program areas to accomplish work in all policy areas: consumer financial protection, access to civil justice, consumer energy, and healthcare access. Externs will assist with legal and other research associated with writing policy reports and briefs, contribute to external communications, including blog posts and press releases, draft consumer education materials, attend meetings with community partners, and perform other related tasks as assigned.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences:

  • Strong research, writing, Microsoft Office and Excel skills
  • Passion for consumer advocacy and education

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicants should submit a brief writing sample on a topic of their choice at the time of application.
Office of the Attorney General, State of Georgia

SITE DESCRIPTION

Along with research projects, externs will be encouraged to actively participate in matters being handled by the division to which they are assigned; including opportunities to participate in client meetings, mediation sessions, depositions and court proceedings.

Students will be assigned a mentor who will insure that the student receives training in the practical application of the law, will provide and document frequent feedback about their job performance, and will provide insight into the professional obligations of being an attorney.

The Divisions/Sections/Units available to externs are as follows:

Regulated Industries and Professions Division

This Division includes the following Sections: State Licensing Boards, Consumer Interests and Environmental and Natural Resources. Interns will work for a diverse collection of client agencies, including professional licensing boards, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Division, the Public Service Commission, the Department of Insurance and others. Work in the division consists of working directly with clients and providing advice and representation in litigation. The litigation work in the division is primarily administrative in nature, but includes judicial reviews, proceedings for injunctive relief and other non-jury judicial proceedings. Interns may have the opportunity to attend investigative interviews; research legal issues and prepare memoranda of advice; prepare pleadings and briefs at the trial and appellate levels; assist attorneys in case preparation; attend strategy conferences and other meetings with clients; attend board meetings; and, attend administrative hearings and court proceedings.

Commercial Transactions and Litigation Division

This Division includes the following Sections: Business and Finance, Real Property, Construction, Transportation and Authorities and Tax. Interns will be given substantive work in a wide range of areas, some of which have been the subject of media coverage because of their significance. Interns may have the opportunity to help the assigned attorney prepare for and attend discovery proceedings such as depositions, draft pleadings or briefs and observe proceedings in state and federal trial courts, attend hearings at the Office of State Administrative Hearings and arguments before the Georgia appellate courts. Since there is such a variety of matters handled in the division, students may be attending a routine garnishment hearing one day and a Georgia Supreme Court argument on a multi-million dollar tax dispute the next. In addition to litigation, the division offers the unique opportunity to be exposed to transactional practice, which may include contract drafting or review and the opportunity to be exposed to cutting-edge financing issues such as public private initiatives. Interns will gain an understanding of how the State acquires real property and be exposed to other real property management issues. Students may accompany attorneys as they attend meetings with client agencies and work on advice in response to agency requests. Interns will be exposed to Georgia laws and statutory interpretation principles and gain an understanding of the unique constraints placed upon governmental agencies by the Georgia Constitution, such as the prohibitions against pledging the states credit or the granting of gratuities and will become familiar with governmental defenses such as sovereign immunity.

Criminal Justice Division

This Division includes the following Sections: Healthcare Fraud, Public Safety, Post-Conviction Litigation and Capital Litigation. Interns assist in preparing pleadings in federal and state court in habeas corpus cases, direct appeal briefs in murder cases and civil litigation with respect to public safety/law enforcement clients as it arises. Interns also do research for cases or issues as they arise - whether in relation to legislation or litigation or general client advice. Interns also have the opportunity to attend board meetings and client meetings as well as various types of court proceedings.

General Litigation Division

This Division includes the following Sections: Civil Rights, Tort, and Workers' Compensation. In an active civil litigation practice, interns will draft discovery, motions, briefs and other pleadings in state and federal court as well as before the State Board of Workers' Compensation. Students will assist the attorneys in preparing for depositions, hearings, mediations and trials. Interns may also attend hearings, trials and appellate arguments.

Government Services and Employment Division

This Division includes the following Sections: Education, Elections, Local Government and Judiciary, Labor and Employment and Human Resources. Because the Government Operations Division offers a wide range of different substantive work, from administrative hearings to federal litigation to client advice and appellate litigation, interns are exposed to all of these areas as a part of their experience. Interns work with active, practicing attorneys in readying cases for hearings; preparing and answering discovery; drafting briefs, motions and other pleadings; researching and writing client advice letters or opinions of the Attorney General; and attending witness interviews, board meeting, discovery proceedings, hearings, trials and appellate arguments.

Special Prosecutions Section

This Section is primarily responsible for investigating and prosecuting government corruption cases. Interns in the Special Prosecutions Section are allowed to work under Georgia's third-year prosecutor practice rules. Accordingly, interns are assigned case files to review, prepare indictments, and present to grand juries. Interns may also make court appearances from time to time.

Georgia Medicaid Fraud Control Unit

The MFCU investigates and prosecutes health care providers and conspirators who commit fraud and abuse of the Georgia Medicaid program.  The Unit has criminal teams, which initiate criminal prosecutions based on health care fraud and abuse, and civil teams, which investigate and prosecute civil qui tam whistleblower cases filed all over the country.  MFCU prosecutions are often complex and involve a combination of witness interviews and depositions, data analysis, and information gathering with state and federal partners.  Interns will experience a wide variety of criminal and civil prosecutorial activities, including grand jury appearances and presentation of criminal indictments, drafting of civil complaints, review of medical records, legal briefing and analysis of the Georgia Medicaid Fraud False Claims Act, and settlement negotiations in multi-million dollar cases.  Law students looking to gain experience in healthcare law, criminal practice, or civil procedure need look no further!

Consumer Protection Unit

The “CPU” of the Georgia Attorney General’s Office enforces the Fair Business Practices Act, as well as many of our State's other consumer protection laws.  Under the Attorney General’s authority, we actively work to protect consumers and legitimate businesses from unfair or deceptive acts and practices in the marketplace.  Externs will work closely with the Staff Attorneys in all aspects of the work of CPU’s Legal Division.  Legal research and writing (briefs, memoranda), drafting legal documents (Subpoenas, Investigative Demands, Notices of Contemplated Legal Action), drafting settlement agreements, and consumer contact are just some of the daily tasks and responsibilities.  There’s no typical day, and while our interns work hard, they’re never bored.  Not only will you gain solid, real-world working experience, you’ll be a much more informed consumer at the conclusion of your externship with us!

Solicitor General's Office

The Solicitor General's Office oversees appellate litigation for the Office of the Attorney General and collaborates on all phases of significant litigation with other attorneys in the Department.  Work in the Solicitor General's Office frequently involves constitutional issues, statutory interpretation, and other complex civil litigation.  Interns will work with the Solicitor General and Deputy Solicitors General to perform legal research; draft research memos; draft motions, briefs, and other pleadings; and prepare for court hearings and oral arguments.  Interns may also have the opportunity to attend court hearings.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences: None

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Students must indicate the Divisions/Sections/Units for which they would like to be considered on their Statement of Interest.
  • At the time of application, students must submit a writing sample.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Office of the General Counsel

SITE DESCRIPTION

Students will work in the Regional Office of the Chief Counsel which provides legal services to support the United States Department of Health & Human Resources (DHHR) activities in the eight (8) southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The Regional Office's legal work is divided into program work, which is handled by the Health and Human Resources Branch, and into work affecting the general operations, which is handled by the General Law Branch. Major clients include the Administration on Aging, the Administration for Children and Families, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Office of Civil Rights.

Duties externs may expect to perform include doing research on specific legal issues, preparing legal memoranda, assisting in drafting pleadings, providing assistance in putting together evidence for hearings and trials. When feasible, students will attend meetings with clients and opposing counsel, attend hearings, depositions and other discovery proceedings, attend conference calls and participate in other relevant activities of attorneys in the office.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences: None

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

A resume, writing sample, and list of law school courses completed is required at the time of application.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of the Regional Counsel

SITE DESCRIPTION

Students will work in the Office of Regional Counsel, Region 5, where they will address a variety of legal issues presented by Regional Office officials and the CEOs and staff officials of five (5) VA Medical Centers located within Georgia and South Carolina. The primary areas of focus include employment and labor law, medical malpractice, torts, contracts, collections, ethics, and release of information. The attorneys in the Office of Regional Counsel litigate cases, evaluate administrative claims, participate in alternative dispute resolution, review proposals, advise clients, and provide training as necessary.

Duties externs can expect to perform include conducting legal research, preparing discovery, drafting motions, and preparing witnesses. When the hearing date arrives, externs have the opportunity to observe the proceedings. Much of the litigation handled by the office entails defending client facilities before the Merit Systems Protection Board and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; however, it is not uncommon for VA attorneys to work closely with the U.S. Attorney’s Office as cases proceed to federal district court. Additionally, externs will have the opportunity to assist with administrative reviews of tort claims filed by veterans pursuant to the Federal Tort Claims Act. In conducting an administrative review, VA attorneys evaluate submitted claims and supportive documents, pertinent medical records, and other documents to form a recommendation to the Regional Counsel for denial or authorization of settlement of the claim.  Finally, externs are also exposed to a variety of issues related to hospital administration. These issues may include informed consent, disruptive patients, guardianship, release of information, collections, contracts, and statutory interpretation.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences:

  • Second and third-year students may apply.
  • Classes in Administrative Law and Employment Law are not required but are beneficial.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Students must be fingerprinted and submit to a background check.
  • Students should plan to be at the VA on Wednesday mornings to attend staff meetings.
  • Students should allow an additional 15-20 minutes in commute time (to park in the VA's off-site parking lot and ride the shuttle).