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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 […]

NYU Law Students Volunteer at MHAS

During their spring break in March 2017, three first-year students from New York University School of Law volunteered on an alternative spring break trip at Mental Health Advocacy Services in Los Angeles. The students, Chantalle Hanna, Ana Namaki, and Lauren Richardson, attended MHAS’ monthly legal clinic in Pasadena, tabled at U.S. Vets in Long Beach, […]

Public Interest at USC Gould

Jim Preis, Executive Director of Mental Health Advocacy Services and Professor at USC Gould School of Law attended an event to promote public interest law. The event was held at USC Gould School of Law in November, 2016 with representatives from Los Angeles’ leading legal aid and advocacy organizations. Get the full story: http://gould.usc.edu/press/article.cfm?newsid=4332

Transition and Reflections

by Eliza Schafler Eliza Schafler is an MHAS Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP. I have had the privilege of working at MHAS for the past two years as an Equal Justice Works Fellow, generously sponsored by Greenberg Traurig LLP. In that time, we have created our Behavioral Health-Legal Partnership (BeHeLP) – […]

Utility Debt: Challenges and Victories

by Eliza Schafler Eliza Schafler is an MHAS Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP. At MHAS, many of our clients incur utility debt. This type of debt can be caused by general financial hardship; it may also pile up when a person is hospitalized, suffers abuse, or is forced to leave home […]

Facts of Homelessness

by Eliza Schafler Eliza Schafler is an MHAS Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP. I have written previously about the importance of using eviction defense and other legal services to prevent homelessness before it starts. I have also mentioned the disastrous potential mental health consequences that homelessness can cause. Today, I want to […]

Feeling Patriotic This Fourth of July

by Eliza Schafler Eliza Schafler is an MHAS Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP. This Fourth of July, we at MHAS are feeling especially patriotic, thanks to decisions from the Supreme Court that positively impact the communities we serve. First, there is health care. Last week, the Supreme Court upheld a portion […]

Bringing Legal Help to Lancaster

by Eliza Schafler Eliza Schafler is an MHAS Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Yesterday was an important day: We gathered our summer law clerks and staff, drove through the desert, and launched our first MHAS legal clinic in the Antelope Valley city of Lancaster. The clinic was held at the Lancaster Office of […]

Grandparent Caregivers and Planning for the Future

by Eliza Schafler Eliza Schafler is an MHAS Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Lately, in our Behavioral Health-Legal Partnership (BeHeLP), I have seen a number of cases involving grandparent caregivers. These caregivers come to me not with emergencies, but with long-term questions about how to plan for their grandchildren’s futures. For […]

Regional Centers and Mental Illness

by Eliza Schafler Eliza Schafler is an MHAS Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP. The focus of our Behavioral Health-Legal Partnership (BeHeLP) is, of course, supporting children and youth with mental illness. That’s why we are partnering with Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services, a highly respected children’s mental health provider in Los […]

The Invisible Parent-Child Connection

by Eliza Schafler Eliza Schafler is an MHAS Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP. When I tell people about our Behavioral Health-Legal Partnership (BeHeLP), there are sometimes skeptics who wonder, “How do your legal services directly affect children?” Or, more bluntly, “If your project is meant to serve kids, why are so […]