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Supporting Student Educational Success through Advocacy to Maintain Housing

By Nicolas Muñoz, USC Gould Irmas Legal Fellow LawWorks is a school/legal partnership with Learning Works, a charter school serving disenfranchised youth in grades 6 through 12 who have been pushed out of traditional schools. Through this partnership, I provide legal support on matters that pose barriers to student graduation and successful transition into adulthood. This […]

Medical-Legal Partnership Making a Difference in the Lives of LA County’s Most Vulnerable

By Johanna Bloomfield, Senior Attorney I rejoined Mental Health Advocacy Services (MHAS) last spring as it began a new partnership led by Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLS) designed to serve some of our County’s most vulnerable, often homeless, residents by integrating legal services into the provision of health care. It is an innovative […]

When the System Fails, Who Will Pick Up the Pieces?

While the focus of my Irmas Fellowship project is young children, I have also been fortunate to participate in a community-based partnership that enables me to provide much needed advocacy when the systems have failed older students. This part of my fellowship, LawWorks, is a school/legal partnership with Learning Works, a charter school serving disenfranchised […]

Advocating For Students As They Begin Their Educational Journey

By Nicolas Muñoz, USC Gould Irmas Legal Fellow I have the honor of being a USC Gould School of Law Irmas Fellow at Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. (MHAS). The focus of my Irmas Fellowship project is advocacy for the educational success of children, particularly young children, with serious mental health disabilities. I do this […]

MHAS Internship Lays Foundation for Career Goals by Colleen Smythe

Guest post by Colleen Smythe, law student at University of Michigan, who participated in MHAS’ summer internship program. Student interns’ activities include conducting client intake interviews, drafting SSI appeal briefs, assisting veterans to resolve warrant and ticket issues, and doing research and advocacy in special education and fair housing. My summer internship at MHAS was […]

Learning that the Practice of Law is More than Casebooks, by April Hua

Guest post by April Hua, law student at Harvard Law School, who participated in MHAS’ summer internship program. Student interns’ activities include conducting client intake interviews, drafting SSI appeal briefs, assisting veterans to resolve warrant and ticket issues, and doing research and advocacy in special education and fair housing. After a brief training session on the […]

Classroom Learning in Action – My Summer Internship, by Gwen Holst

Guest post by Gwen Holst, law student at UCLA Law School, who participated in MHAS’ summer internship program. Student interns’ activities include conducting client intake interviews, drafting SSI appeal briefs, assisting veterans to resolve warrant and ticket issues, and doing research and advocacy in special education and fair housing. My first glimpse into MHAS was […]

Advocacy in Action By Madeline Suchard

Guest post by Madeline Suchard, law student at UCLA Law School, who participated in MHAS’ summer internship program. Student interns’ activities include conducting client intake interviews, drafting SSI appeal briefs, assisting veterans to resolve warrant and ticket issues, and doing research and advocacy in special education and fair housing. I started my summer at Mental […]

A Rising 2L Taking on Responsibility Quickly

Guest post by Trent Fujii, law student at Columbia University Law School, who participated in MHAS’ summer internship program. Student interns’ activities include conducting client intake interviews, drafting SSI appeal briefs, assisting veterans to resolve warrant and ticket issues, and doing research and advocacy in special education and fair housing. I was a summer law […]

A First Look at the Need for Pro Bono Work By Jonathan Wan

Guest post by Jonathan Wan, law student at George Washington University Law School, who participated in MHAS’ Spring internship program in May. The students assisted MHAS attorneys at our monthly free legal clinic, completed research on housing and benefit issues, and provided advocacy and intake support. Interning at MHAS has been humbling and meaningful. Right from […]

Meaningful and Rewarding – My Internship at MHAS, by Dale Bellitto

Guest post by Dale Bellitto, law student at University of Michigan Law School, who participated in MHAS’ Spring internship program in May. The students assisted MHAS attorneys at our monthly free legal clinic, completed research on housing and benefit issues, and provided advocacy and intake support. Interning at Mental Health Advocacy Services (MHAS) this past May […]

Law Student Internship: A Great Start to My Summer, by Jennie Zhan

Guest Post by Jennie Mingming Zhan, law student at Western State College of Law, who participated in MHAS’ Spring internship program in May. The students assisted MHAS attorneys at our monthly free legal clinic, completed research on housing and benefit issues, and provided advocacy and intake support. Reflecting upon my experience this May, I have […]

Spring Days of Service at MHAS by Johnny Lok

Guest Post by Johnny Lok, law student at University of Kansas School of Law, who participated in MHAS’ Spring internship program in May. The students assisted MHAS attorneys at our monthly free legal clinic, completed research on housing and benefit issues, and provided advocacy and intake support. My three weeks at Mental Health Advocacy Services were […]