Check Your Privilege, Especially When Working with Clients

By: Michelle Wilco, Spring 2018 Intern, HeLP Legal Services Clinic

Virtually everyone benefits from some form of privilege. Privilege has become a “dirty” word, and people often get defensive about admitting to benefitting from it, but having privilege merely means you have gotten some benefit from an unearned advantage. For example, you benefit from privilege if you have access to clean drinking water. Benefitting from privilege does not mean you have not suffered or encountered hardships, or that your privilege outweighs your suffering, and it does not mean you are automatically prejudiced against those who do not share your privilege. Admitting biases, prejudices, and privilege does not have to be negative; it can be a positive step toward understanding from where those beliefs stem, learning how to recognize when those beliefs are negatively and unfairly influencing your decision making, and eliminating unsubstantiated stereotypes. In fact, turning a blind eye to privilege can have lasting, damaging repercussions. For example, there has been interesting research conducted recently about whether police training on implicit bias can effectively reduce the instances of harmful effects of race and gender bias in law enforcement.

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Discovering Health Law and Health in All Policies

By: Jobena Hill, Spring 2018 HeLP Legal Services Clinic Intern

The Public Health Institute defines the “Health in All Policies” initiative as a “collaborative approach to improving the health of all people by incorporating health considerations into decision-making across sectors and policy areas.” The purpose of this meaningful approach to policy making is to ensure that the policy developmental process is informed by the health consequences of the various policy options. Over the past couple of months, I have come to understand and appreciate the concept of Health in All Policies and how it relates to the lawmaking process, and the practice of law in general. Prior to learning about Health in All Policies, I never truly considered the health implications of policies that were not easily identified as health related, such as transportation or zoning.

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The Practical Value of Clinical Legal Education

By: Robert L. Yates, Spring 2018 HeLP Legal Services Clinic Intern

It’s fair to assume that most law students come to law school with the goal of becoming practicing attorneys. Unfortunately, most courses offered in the law school curriculum teach only the substantive law and how to apply it in a brief or memo. Obviously, these skills are important; however, there is much more to practicing law in the real world. Luckily, Georgia State University College of Law boasts three in-house clinics and several off-site clinics which offer students the chance to develop practical and professional skills by working on real cases for real clients.

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Interviewing Skills and the HeLP Clinic

By: Burton Miller, Spring 2018 HeLP Legal Services Clinic Intern

Recently, I started interviewing for jobs and externships as I tried to figure out what I was going to do for the Summer.  As someone who had not had a formal interview since last Spring, I was nervous about the upcoming interviews, especially since I felt that the last interviews I had done were not the best.  However, I found that this round of Spring interviews were much easier and much less painful than last year.  I found myself leaving my nervousness at the entrance, and being able to have genuine conversations with potential employers.  I think that much of the increase in being comfortable for interviews is due to my experience in the HeLP Clinic.

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A First-Hand Look at the Interdisciplinary Approach of the HeLP Legal Services Clinic

By: Adam Harper, Spring 2018 HeLP Legal Services Clinic Intern

The HeLP Legal Services Clinic provides and emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to legal representation. At the outset of my involvement, I possessed minimal knowledge of the direction that the course would guide me. I knew that I would have the privilege of assisting underserved families who do not otherwise have access to legal services. However, I did not know exactly what that entailed.

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Antitrust Law in the Healthcare Industry

By: Peter Nielsen, Spring 2018 HeLP Legal Services Clinic Intern

It requires an expansive collection of federal and state antitrust laws to regulate and contain the business conglomerates that are modern healthcare corporations. The framework for antitrust enforcement is over a century old now, but was not originally created and developed specifically to manage the healthcare industry. In general, corporations merge in a manner that stifles competition through two different methods: vertical or horizontal mergers. Horizontal mergers are the classic type of monopolizing merger, where corporations attempt to absorb their direct competitors within the same market type. Vertical mergers, on the other hand, pose different dangers to consumer protection because they feature corporations attempting to acquire new lines of business in order to either add new services or completely control entire customer experiences.

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IOSCO Reports on Effects of Mental Decline on Older Investors and Advisers

By Ben Dell’Orto, Spring 2018 IAC Student Intern

The International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) recently released a report on the threats specific to senior investors.

While the report specifically describes dementia and mild cognitive impairment as ailments affecting the investment judgment of older people, aging takes its toll even without a specific problem. The report describes diminishing “executive control processes,” which are “related to poor decision-making, problem-solving, and planning for the future.” Continue reading